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SHRM HR News
Jan 23, 2021

DOL Issues New Guidance on Posting Notices for Remote, Hybrid Workplaces
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently provided guidance from the Wage and Hour Division on complying with its notice and posting requirements when employees are working remotely.

SHRM HR News
Jan 22, 2021

More Opinion Letters Issued in Final Days of Trump Administration
In the last days of President Donald Trump's administration, the U.S. Department of Labor released several opinion letters on federal wage and hour laws, addressing rules for tipped workers, independent contractors and employees who are exempt from receiving overtime pay.

SHRM HR News
Jan 22, 2021

Biden Takes Steps Toward $15 Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors
President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 22 aiming to ultimately raise the minimum wage for federal contractors and expanding access to unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jan 22, 2021

Furloughed Workers May Lose FMLA Eligibility
Furloughs due to the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in some workers losing eligibility to take Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time off. But these employees may be protected by other laws.

SHRM HR News
Jan 22, 2021

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Lockdowns
Employers can learn key lessons from the self-imposed and regional lockdowns in 2020, whether that's the success of remote work for many employees, the challenges others find with teleworking and who is an essential worker who is not eligible for remote work.

SHRM HR News
Jan 22, 2021

Class of 2021 Uniquely Prepared to Join the Workforce
?With the COVID-19 pandemic poised to continue deep into 2021, the next generation of professionals faces substantial challenges when entering the workforce. But their unique perspective may also give them an advantage.

SHRM HR News
Jan 22, 2021

President Issues Executive Order on Increased Worker Safety During Pandemic
President Joe Biden issued an executive order Jan. 21 calling for increased protection of the safety and health of workers from COVID-19. The order requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to consider whether any emergency temporary standards on COVID-19, such as masks, are necessary.

SHRM HR News
Jan 22, 2021

Biden Administration to Review Rules for Employee Health and Retirement Plans
The Biden administration is reviewing Trump administration final regulations with an eye on replacing them with new rulemaking, and has frozen all proposed regulations, pending their review. Many of these rules cover employer-sponsored health and retirement plans.

SHRM HR News
Jan 22, 2021

Ask HR: Can Companies Mandate the COVID-19 Vaccine for Employees?
Can employers require their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine? How can companies that offer health insurance manage requests from employees' spouses for coverage? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions each with for a series in USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

Biden Administration Freezes Proposed and Pending Regulations
On President Joe Biden's first day in office, his chief of staff asked all federal agencies to freeze proposed regulations and those with pending effective dates—which includes several workplace rules.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

Canada: Employers Reassess Business Travel During COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised issues among Canadian businesses about work travel, employment law experts say, forcing companies to re-evaluate their travel policies.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

Benefits Are Often an Afterthought During Recruitment
Employee benefits can be a highly effective recruitment tool, but too often benefits are only discussed by employers during the onboarding process, after an offer has been accepted. Benefits also can be overlooked as a key to employee retention.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

Appropriations Act Requires Employer Actions to Ensure Mental Health Parity
Employer-sponsored health plans must document their compliance with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires equal coverage limits for mental health and medical benefits, and be prepared to give regulators, on request, a copy of this analyses.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

President Biden Appoints New Agency Heads
President Joe Biden has named new heads of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and National Labor Relations Board.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

NLRB General Counsel Ousted
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, was ousted from his post on Jan. 20. Robb's term was set to expire on Nov. 17.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

All Things Work Podcast
The All Things Work podcast is hosted by Tony Lee, SHRM's VP of Editorial, and features conversations and timely tips for HR professionals, people managers and anyone who wonders about the workplace.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

Certification Q&A: Verification Review
In order to protect the integrity of the SHRM certification program, SHRM conducts verification reviews of a percentage of recertification applications to ensure they meet SHRM certification standards. Here's what you need to do if you are selected for review.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

Add Kinesthetic Learning to Your Development Toolkit
HR is a professon of doing--creating new policies and strategies, rolling out new programs, and coaching leaders and managers. If you're studying for the SHRM certification exam, try to incorporate kinesthetic learning, the processing of information by using touch and movement.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

Bringing Stay Interviews to Your Organization
Considering the challenges we have all faced in 2020, a stay interview conducted early in 2021 would be a great way to engage the workforce and implement changes that can be made throughout the year.

SHRM HR News
Jan 21, 2021

The HR Department in Planning Mode
While our plans for 2020 may have fallen through, that doesn't mean we can't plan effectively for 2021, despite the pandemic and its unknown challenges. Regardless of timing or innovation, if you're failing to plan, you're likely planning to fail.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2021

Employers Should Note These Workplace Litigation Trends for 2021
In the midst of a pandemic, employers may have more workplace compliance and employee relations matters to resolve than is usual. Training supervisors to properly respond to key issues before they escalate can help employers stay out of court.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2021

UK Calls on Pension Fiduciaries to Help Protect Plan Members from Scams
U.K. regulators are calling on the pension industry to step up the fight against scams that target employee retirement savings—a problem that appears to have intensified during the coronavirus pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2021

EEOC Finalizes Guidance on Workplace Religious Protections
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved revisions to its guidance on religious discrimination claims for the first time in 13 years. The updates clarify the legal protections available to employers and employees, according to the agency.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2021

Biden Signs Directives to Promote Racial Equity, Champion Pandemic Measures
?Advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities and protecting workers from COVID-19 were among the measures President Joe Biden took following his inauguration Wednesday.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2021

President Biden Signs Directives to Promote Racial Equity, Champion Pandemic Measures
?Advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities and protecting workers from COVID-19 were among the measures President Joe Biden took following his inauguration Wednesday.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2021

Inclusive Strategies Create a 'More Universal Workplace'
Hiring and retention strategies used by Ultranauts, a company with a large number of employees on the autism spectrum, can foster inclusiveness at any organization, regardless of its employee demographics.

SHRM HR News
Jan 20, 2021

Safety Concerns Did Not Block ADA Claim
A worker who was fired over safety concerns once she started having occasional, brief seizures may proceed to a jury trial on her Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim, a federal district court in Kansas ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2021

First-Time Unemployment Claims Reach 900K
States reported that 900,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week's revised level. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell to 5 million. About 16 million people are receiving some type of unemployment aid.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2021

Biden Immigration Plan Legalizes Millions of Undocumented Workers
Newly sworn-in President Joe Biden unveiled legislation Jan. 20 that would create a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 10-12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, offering expedited green card eligibility to "Dreamers"—undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children—as well as those under temporary protected status (TPS) and farmworkers.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2021

President Biden's Immigration Plan Legalizes Millions of Undocumented Workers
Newly sworn-in President Joe Biden unveiled legislation Jan. 20 that would create a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 10-12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, offering expedited green card eligibility to "Dreamers"—undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children—as well as those under temporary protected status (TPS) and farmworkers.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2021

EBSA Clarifies Obligations to Missing Retirement Plan Participants
Retirement plan fiduciaries can get help to locate and distribute retirement benefits to missing plan participants, and avoid enforcement actions by federal regulators, under new guidance from the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2021

Biden Proposes Temporary Subsidies for COBRA Coverage
Days before his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden called for providing subsidized COBRA health coverage for workers who lost their health insurance and increasing the value of the Affordable Care Act's premium tax credits.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2021

Complying with Enhanced Cybersecurity Safeguards in California
The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) leaps forward on cybersecurity by amending the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) to impose enhanced protections.

SHRM HR News
Jan 19, 2021

Written Communications and Promotions
To show you're ready for a promotion, you need all the sills the job reaquires--including written communication skills. Career columnist Martin Yate explains how to improve these skills and make sure you're ready to grow your career.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2021

At-Will Employment Challenged by New NYC Ordinance
At-will employment in New York City's fast-food industry is slated to come to an end this summer. An ordinance signed into law Jan. 5 requires employers to fire workers for "just cause" following progressive discipline, and prohibits significantly cutting employees' hours.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines and Employer Liability
Employers are exploring their options for mandating or encouraging workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations. They may even want to offer vaccines onsite when they are available. So can an employer be held liable if a worker has an adverse reaction to the vaccine?

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2021

Dated Salary Explanation Can Support Equal Pay Act Claim
A comment by a hiring manager, despite being made 12 years prior, that an employee did not need a higher starting salary because "her husband worked" can support pay discrimination claims, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2021

Certain Specialists Are Administratively Exempt
Three specialist job classifications of a Medicare insurance provider are administratively exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Jan 18, 2021

Top Considerations for Adopting FSA Funding Relief
Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, employers can provide flexible spending account (FSA) participants with the options to make midyear contribution changes and to roll over unused amounts at the end of 2020 or 2021. Employers have several practical considerations when deciding whether to adopt these changes.

SHRM HR News
Jan 15, 2021

Firing Workers When Political Expression Goes Too Far
Political expression can take many forms at work—from banter to shouting matches. Off-duty political expression runs the gamut too, from yard signs to unlawful activity, such as what the nation witnessed on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol building. When can employees who've engaged in disruptive political expression be disciplined?

SHRM HR News
Jan 15, 2021

Washington, D.C. Bans Noncompete Agreements
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser moved the city one step closer to implementing the broadest ban on noncompetition agreements in the country.

SHRM HR News
Jan 15, 2021

Washington, D.C., Bans Noncompete Agreements
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser moved the city one step closer to implementing the broadest ban on noncompetition agreements in the country.

SHRM HR News
Jan 15, 2021

DHS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A, H-2B Visas
Citizens of Mongolia, Samoa and Tonga will no longer be eligible to come to the U.S. under certain temporary work visas because those countries are failing to meet program standards, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Jan 13.

SHRM HR News
Jan 15, 2021

How to Make the Case for Investing in HR Technology
HR leaders faced an uphill battle in winning approval for new technology investment last year as budgets contracted and most new spending was directed to remote-work infrastructure. But should the economy begin to rebound this year as vaccines roll out—and if HR applies its newfound leverage acquired during the COVID-19 pandemic—getting new spending approved for HR technology upgrades or replacements may become easier.

SHRM HR News
Jan 15, 2021

President-Elect Biden Calls for Paid Leave During Pandemic
President-elect Joe Biden provided an overview Jan. 14 of his proposal to fight the coronavirus, help workers and strengthen the U.S. economy.

SHRM HR News
Jan 15, 2021

Ask HR: How Can Organizations Offer Health and Wellness Benefits in 2021?
What are some health and wellness benefits employers can offer employees during remote work? And how can HR managers enforce mask-wearing in workplaces that have reopened? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is answering HR questions for a weekly column in USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2021

New EEOC Webpage Provides Resources on Curbing Systemic Bias
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently published new resources for employers to help them identify and address systemic discrimination in the workplace.

SHRM HR News
Jan 14, 2021

EEOC Will Start Collecting EEO-1 Data in April
?The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will start to collect annual EEO-1 data from covered employers in April, according to a recent agency announcement. The EEO-1 survey asks for the number of employees who work for a covered business sorted by job category, race, ethnicity and gender.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2021

Social Security No-Match Letters Return
International law firm Littler has reported that after a COVID-19-related hiatus, Social Security no-match letters are back.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2021

The DOL Increases H-1B Wage Minimums, Again
The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a revised final rule Jan. 14 requiring employers to pay skilled foreign workers significantly higher wages. The new rule will restructure the prevailing wage system used in labor condition applications for employing H-1B visa workers and labor certifications for workers hired under employment-based permanent residence visas.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2021

Should Employers Administer COVID-19 Vaccines?
Employers that want to administer COVID-19 vaccines onsite have many challenges, not least of which includes the availability of vaccines, having trained staff and limiting liability.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2021

DOL Issues Opinion Letters on FLSA Exempt Status and Ministerial Exception
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued two opinion letters addressing whether an employer properly classified account managers as exempt from overtime pay and whether a private religious day care can pay its teachers on an exempt salary basis under the ministerial exception.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2021

Viewpoint: Questions Employers Are Asking Now that FFCRA Leave Is Voluntary
Employers covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) face a host of questions now that whether to offer FFCRA leave is purely voluntary.

SHRM HR News
Jan 13, 2021

10 Tips for Hiring—and Retaining—Gen Z Employees
How can employers attract and retain Generation Z members at a time when COVID-19 restrictions can play havoc with a company's corporate environment and give potential employees limited insight into what a company is really like? Here are 10 of the most compelling qualities that can help employers attract—and keep—Generation Z employees.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Business Experts Share DE&I Predictions for 2021
?More women in leadership roles. Benefits that cater to a more diverse range of needs. A demand for diversity, equity and inclusion consultants. Those are among business leaders' DE&I expectations for 2021.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

First-Time Unemployment Claims Rise Sharply
States reported that 965,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Jan. 9, against a backdrop of elevated coronavirus caseloads, renewed business restrictions and surging layoffs. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits rose to 5.2 million. More than 18 million people are receiving some type of unemployment aid. Economists expect a labor-market rebound as vaccines are distributed more widely, but caution that the labor market outlook could get worse before it gets better.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Small Firms Consider HR Role in Fully Remote Environment
Many small IT firms that let their office leases expire and switched to remote work are looking at new ways to enrich their employees' work experience—usually over Zoom and Slack and often without the help of an HR manager.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Pandemic Provides Opportunity for Stretching into New Careers
Taking on "side hustles"—second jobs to make money alongside one's main job—was a growing trend before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the labor market. Since then, data shows that the unstable economy has led more workers to hold multiple jobs to increase financial security.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

EEOC Proposes New Limits on Wellness Program Incentives
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a set of proposed rules limiting the value of incentives employers may use to encourage employee participation in wellness programs that track personal health information. Programs offered under a group health plan are exempt from the new limits.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

How Will Evolving Marijuana Laws Impact the Workplace in 2021?
President-elect Joe Biden supports marijuana decriminalization, but efforts to legalize cannabis consumption are likely to continue at the state level for now. In 2021, employers will need to review their policies and ensure they comply with evolving laws, particularly those covering medical marijuana patients.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Building Resilience: Helping Workers Handle Stress for the Long Haul
Resiliency is also sorely needed in the workplace, especially in these times of uncertainty, anxiety and economic worries amid the pandemic. Resiliency isn't the same as stress management. It's more proactive, teaching people to build ability and skills so they're prepared for the next crisis, and the one after that.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Annual Performance Review Bows Out
Many companies are eager to ditch the end-of-year performance review that can produce nail-biting anxiety for managers and workers alike, without much improvement in performance. Here are examples of how three managers made the transition, why they did so, what they see as the benefits and their tips for managers.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Employees Adjust to Telecommuting in the Middle East and North Africa
Companies, governments and employees throughout the Middle East and North Africa are trying to adapt to remote work.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Run Better Meetings: How to Manage ‘Over-Sharers' and ‘Silent Types'
As any manager knows, every meeting is likely to attract a range of personalities. The two personalities posing the most risk to a successful meeting? The over-sharer and the stone-silent type. Persuading the over-sharers to back off and the silent ones to participate will lead to a better, more balanced, more productive meeting.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Entirety of Sales Agreement Was Not Relevant to Union Representation
The National Labor Relations Board erred in ordering an employer to produce the entirety of its business sale agreement in response to an information request from a labor union representing several of the employer's workers, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Voluntary Transfer Was Not Discriminatory
An employee with multiple sclerosis who agreed to transfer to a position with greater teleworking opportunities to settle her disability discrimination claim did not show she was targeted for discrimination or retaliation, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

What California Employers Should Know About Expiring COVID-19 Paid Leave
For much of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many California employees have use leave entitlements through federal, state and local paid-sick-leave laws. Here's what employers need to know about expired and continuing paid-leave obligations.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Your Career Q&A: Make the Most of Cold Calls
Calling up a hiring manager and asking for a job can be intimidating--but it's also a great way to get your foot in the door. Career columnist Martin Yate offers tips on how to ask about job availability and keep the conversation going.

SHRM HR News
Jan 12, 2021

Developing a Vaccination Strategy
?Let's say your CEO walks into the HR department and says, "I need your help. I want an employee vaccination strategy and plan. Please get to work ASAP." What will your strategy be? Here are the plans and approaches from four seasoned HR professionals.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2021

California Employers Should Review Evolving Worker-Classification Rules
The federal government recently issued a final rule making it easier for employers to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees, but California businesses still must follow the state's more stringent rules.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2021

Labor Secretary Will Face These Challenges
If past is prologue, Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston and President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be the next secretary of the Labor Department, will "usher in a new era of worker power," according to the Biden-Harris transition team.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2021

Promoting Mental Wellness, Bringing More Minorities into Tech Among HR's 2021 Resolutions
Exercise more. Eat less. Catch more Zs. These are typical ways people resolve to improve their lives at the start of a new year. But work-related resolutions are important, too. SHRM Online collected the following goals that HR professionals and other business leaders have for improving their workplaces in 2021.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2021

What Democratic Control of Government Means for Health Care Policy
With Democrats controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, legislation to support the Affordable Care Act and roll back Trump-era regulations is more likely.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2021

Mentoring Through Your Career and Beyond
Retirement doesn't have to mean the end of your influence over your career and industry. While retirees may not be up-to-the-minute on technical skills, they can pass on timeless advice and wisdom to new leaders in their fields.

SHRM HR News
Jan 11, 2021

Keep the Blood Drives Going During Pandemic
At a time when corporate and community blood drives are being canceled by the tens of thousands, putting a squeeze on the country's blood supply, some employers continue to hold the drives with enhanced safety protocols. Here's how they do it.

SHRM HR News
Jan 10, 2021

Employee Engagement Tech Key to Post-Pandemic Success
As organizations learn more about the employee experience during the coronavirus pandemic, data has emerged suggesting that employers will have to adopt new approaches and invest in technology that helps them listen, learn and improve the worker experience. HR managers will also have to lead as they build mature employee experience programs.

SHRM HR News
Jan 10, 2021

L&D Leader Talks Training in the Digital Age
Uber Freight has implemented live chats, just-in-time learning, video instructions and simulated learning tools during the coronavirus pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jan 10, 2021

EEOC Approves Final Rule Revising Conciliation Procedures
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved a final rule to update its conciliation program and encourage employers to voluntarily resolve employment discrimination charges.

SHRM HR News
Jan 10, 2021

COVID-19 Analytics Remain Key to Workforce Planning
The tracking and reporting of COVID-19 analytics related to workforce infections, absences, quarantines and more remains a high priority as cases continue to rise, despite the vaccine rollout.

SHRM HR News
Jan 10, 2021

USCIS Drops Proposed Immigration Filing Fee Increases
The contested immigration filing fee increases proposed last summer by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will not go into effect.

SHRM HR News
Jan 08, 2021

Bill to Establish Web Accessibility Guidelines Fails to Pass
A bill, the "Online Accessibility Act" (H.R. 8478) calling for official Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) web accessibility guidelines, failed to pass during the 116th Congress, which ended Jan. 3.

SHRM HR News
Jan 08, 2021

What Will Change in UK Employment Law as a Result of Brexit?
Key changes to employment law resulting from the recent U.K.-EU Trade Deal and the U.K.'s exit from the EU will affect HR professionals, general counsel and others. Here are some frequently asked questions about the deal.

SHRM HR News
Jan 08, 2021

Job Growth Turns Negative at Year-End
U.S. payrolls fell by 140,000 in December 2020, and the unemployment rate held at 6.7 percent, according to the latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists forecast 50,000 jobs were added last month, as states began to reimpose restrictions on businesses amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

SHRM HR News
Jan 08, 2021

What HR Professionals Are Looking Forward to in 2021
With the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine, businesses are expected to start settling into a new normal--one that is strongly shaped by the pandemic. HR professionals say that, in addition to looking forward to seeing colleagues and operating in person again, they are optimistic carrying new methods they embraced last year that into 2021.

SHRM HR News
Jan 08, 2021

Ask HR: How Do I Ask for an Informational Interview Without Sounding Awkward?
If you want to learn more about a particular job or company, how do you ask for an informational interview? And how can maangers support their teams through the pandemic, as it drags on into the new year? ?SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers these HR questions and more as part of a series for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Jan 08, 2021

Boston Mayor Nominated to Be Next Labor Secretary
?President-elect Joe Biden announced he will nominate Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Walsh, who will need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, was selected over others rumored to be in the running for the position, including California Labor Secretary Julie Su and former Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2021

Helping Shape Tomorrow's Leaders: Try the 'CEO for One Month' Initiative
Internships don't often include meeting with the executive team, reviewing operational goals, attending weekly sales meetings, sitting in on a monthly financial review, talking with regional operations teams or attending COVID-19 steering committee meetings. But when you're CEO for a month, you'll see it all.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2021

California's COVID-19 Workplace Standards Require Strict Protocols
It's a new year, but the COVID-19 pandemic that dominated 2020 still presents a major risk to the workplace. Although employers may have hope as vaccine distribution begins, they must continue following health and safety measures.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2021

California's Workplace COVID-19 Standards Require Strict Protocols
It's a new year, but the COVID-19 pandemic that dominated 2020 still presents a major risk to the workplace. Although employers may have hope as vaccine distribution begins, they must continue following health and safety measures.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2021

California HR Compliance Updates for 2021
The new year brings new laws that affect California employers as well as the HR professionals who play a critical role in ensuring compliance. From COVID-19-related regulations to routine increases in the minimum wage, there's plenty to keep HR teams busy.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2021

USCIS Replaces H-1B Lottery with Salary-Based Selection
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule Jan. 8 replacing the annual H-1B visa lottery that randomly selects foreign professionals with a process that prioritizes those offered the highest salaries for their occupation and geographic area.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2021

Solving the Retirement Plan Liability Insurance Puzzle
Retirement plan sponsors have options to push back against more restrictive coverage terms and higher pricing for fiduciary liability coverage. The best approach is to present a strong case that the employer's plan is well-run and follows fiduciary best practices.

SHRM HR News
Jan 07, 2021

Crystal Ball Gazing: Experts Offer Training Predictions for 2021
?The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting remote work will continue to impact how training and development will be delivered in 2021, SHRM Online learned as it collected the following predictions from experts in the field.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2021

Termination's Timing Suggests Possible Retaliation
Terminating an employee within hours after she reported concerns about alleged gender discrimination amounted to significant evidence that the employer's stated reasons for firing her might have been pretext for retaliation, according to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2021

DOL Says Not All Employee Travel During the Workday Is Compensable
Employees who need to attend a midday parent-teacher conference or doctor's appointment sometimes choose to split their workday between the office and home. So is the time spent driving to and from the appointment compensable?

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2021

DOL Issues Final Rule on Employee Tip Sharing
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced a final rule allowing "back-of-the-house" restaurant workers—such as cooks and dishwashers—and other nontipped hospitality workers to share in gratuities if certain criteria are met.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2021

Trump Extends Work Visa Ban Through March
President Donald Trump extended a freeze on foreign workers entering the U.S. with work-based visas and green cards through March 31, citing continued weakness in the U.S. labor market due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2021

DOL Clarifies Definition of Independent Contractor
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule on Jan. 6 clarifying who is an independent contractor versus an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2021

Employers Consider COVID-19 Testing as Vaccine Rolls Out
Employers with reopened worksites should consider providing access to routine COVID-19 testing for returning employees as part of an overall strategy for employee safety and business continuity, even as the first vaccines become available, according to health policy experts.

SHRM HR News
Jan 06, 2021

Majority of Employers Will Encourage, Not Require, COVID-19 Vaccine: SHRM Research
The majority of U.S. organizations (61 percent) that intend to encourage, but not require, their employees to get the COVID-19 vaccination, according to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted in December. Many employers won't need to do much arm-twisting in terms of vaccinations, though: SHRM's research indicates nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of American workers say they're likely to get the COVID-19 vaccination once it becomes available.

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