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Nov 25, 2020

Ask HR: I Bashed My Manager in an E-Mail to a Co-Worker … and My Boss Found Out
How you resolve things after an outburst—within yourself and with your co-workers, manager and boss—is of paramount importance for both your career and workplace culture. How can you set things right? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions for a weekly column in USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Nov 25, 2020

First-Time Jobless Claims Tick Up Again
States reported that 778,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Nov. 21, an increase of 30,000 from the previous week's revised total.

SHRM HR News
Nov 24, 2020

Biden Plans to Ban Noncompete, No-Poaching Clauses
President-elect Joe Biden has indicated that his administration will be more aggressive in minimizing employers' use of noncompetition clauses in employment contracts and institute an outright ban on no-poaching agreements.

SHRM HR News
Nov 24, 2020

Associational Discrimination Could Not Be Established
An employee could not prove associational discrimination based on his grandfather's disability when the employer made ample efforts to accommodate the employee's need to care for his grandfather and the employee did not suffer an adverse action.

SHRM HR News
Nov 24, 2020

Employee Was Lawfully Fired for Misrepresentation
The Louisiana Supreme Court reversed a district court's decision to reinstate an assistant fire chief who was fired for misrepresenting his whereabouts during the workday.

SHRM HR News
Nov 24, 2020

Which Is More Important, a Social Media Profile or a Resume?
A good social media profile, with proper focus on an achievable target job, should be part of the foundation of any job search, writes career columnist Martin Yate. It increases your visibility with headhunters and corporate recruiters, not to mention possible networking connections all over the world. But it is only part of the strategy to get interviews and job offers.

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

California Passes Emergency Workplace COVID-19 Regulation
On Nov. 19, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board voted on and approved an emergency COVID-19 regulation governing employers and workplaces.

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

Get Ready for California's Statewide and Local Minimum Wage Hikes
California's gradual climb to a $15 minimum wage will continue on Jan. 1, 2021, and some local minimum wages will increase at the same time.

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

Will a Biden Administration Push to Expand Paid-Leave Benefits?
Federal coronavirus-related paid-leave benefits are set to expire at the end of the year, and if those benefits aren't extended, some workers may be left without coverage as the pandemic persists through the winter months. There are also longer-term consideration of whether a lasting nationwide paid-leave law may garner bipartisan support.

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

Year-End Compliance Update for Retirement Plans
As 2020 draws to a close, this is a good time for employers sponsoring retirement plans to wrap up year-end compliance issues and prepare for the upcoming year.

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

Viewpoint: Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Are on the Rise
Government agencies are grappling with the theft of millions of taxpayer dollars through unique fraud schemes directed at state unemployment programs. Employers often are the first to discover these schemes. What can employers do?

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

Employers' Interest in Individual Coverage HRAs Is Rising
Individual coverage health reimbursement arrangements (ICHRAs) became available as a new employee benefit in January 2020 under IRS regulations issued by the Trump administration. As ICHRAs approach the end of their initial year, consultants and firms that administer the accounts weighed in on the benefit's future.

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

Job Posting Data Improves, but Full Recovery a Long Way Off
Job posting activity in the U.S. is proving resilient, if slowing down from gains made this summer, according to labor market sources.

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

Job-Posting Data Improves, but Full Recovery a Long Way Off
Job posting activity in the U.S. is proving resilient, if slowing down from gains made this summer, according to labor market sources.

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

Career Lessons from Erin Mitchell Richeson: Seeing Through the DE&I Lens
As vice president of global diversity and inclusion at paper products company Kimberly-Clark, Erin Mitchell Richeson views DE&I as an ethical and business imperative.

SHRM HR News
Nov 23, 2020

Commission-Based Financial Advisors Entitled to Overtime Pay
California employers may not realize that even if nonexempt employees are paid entirely through commissions, they may be entitled to overtime pay if they work beyond a certain number of hours.

SHRM HR News
Nov 22, 2020

Here's How Managers Can Help Women Stay in the Workforce
According to the National Women's Law Center, 865,000 women dropped out of the workforce in September when their kids went back to school or began online learning from home. But it's not only women with children who are struggling at work right now. Black women are more likely than other employees to think about leaving the workforce because of concerns over their health and safety, according to the Women in the Workplace study.

SHRM HR News
Nov 22, 2020

How Managers Prepared Professors to Teach During a Pandemic
As universities across the country decided how to approach the fall academic school year during the pandemic, a common theme was how supervisors should prepare professors for remote or hybrid teaching. The challenges they encountered ranged from learning how to use video communication platforms like Zoom, to Internet connectivity problems, to what professors should do with their children while they were teaching.

SHRM HR News
Nov 22, 2020

Here's How to Encourage Employees to Take PTO
As health officials urge everyone to stay close to home and limit contact with people outside their households during the winter holidays to stop the spread of the coronavirus, many workers are reluctant to use their PTO—even after they postponed summer vacation plans.

SHRM HR News
Nov 22, 2020

Dealing with Employees in Crisis: Options and Resources for Today's Turbulent Times
2020 was an exceptionally challenging year, given the COVID-19 pandemic, economic challenges, furloughs and layoffs, remote work, racial tensions and an uncommonly divisive presidential election. As a corporate leader today, how can you help address employees' concerns that, at times, appear to be overwhelming? How can you identify early signs of potential crisis? And what can you do in situations where employees are a threat to their own safety or to the safety of others?

SHRM HR News
Nov 21, 2020

From the CEO: Remote Work and an Inequity Time Bomb
It was a Friday the 13th we'll never forget. On that day in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a national emergency. Businesses closed, and 70 percent of the U.S. workforce became telecommuters overnight. HR professionals pivoted quickly to guide their people into a new world of laptops, video calls and virtual meeting platforms. Many employees enjoyed the flexibility of remote work, and employers soon began to see the advantages. They especially liked the cost savings—on securi

SHRM HR News
Nov 21, 2020

Digital Tools to Address Rising Mental Health Concerns
Like many people around the world, employees at SurveyMonkey were experiencing social isolation, stress and uncertainty as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Among the topics taking a toll on their mental health were concerns about contracting or spreading the virus; feelings of being disconnected from colleagues, family or friends; and stressors such as helping children with distance learning. To combat the anxiety, human resource leaders at the San Mateo, Calif.-based survey softwar

SHRM HR News
Nov 21, 2020

7 Tips for Starting a New HR Job Remotely
By now, millions of Americans have grown accustomed to working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. And that's not such a bad thing.Despite many employers' fears that output would suffer, recent studies have found that working remotely actually makes many employees more productive and engaged.Furthermore, in a survey by PwC, most office workers (83 percent) said they want to work from home at least one day a week, and over half of employers (55 percent) anticipate that most of their wo

SHRM HR News
Nov 20, 2020

Biden Likely to Ramp Up Pay-Equity Fight
On the campaign trail, Joe Biden made addressing gender-based pay inequality a key plank of his outreach to women. Here are some of the legislative and regulatory actions his administration is expected to support.

SHRM HR News
Nov 20, 2020

Walmart Executive Highlights Adjustments to Pandemic
The chief people officer and senior vice president for Walmart Mexico and Central America discussed the company's adjustments to the pandemic at the SHRM Global Mobility and Immigration Symposium.

SHRM HR News
Nov 20, 2020

Congress Considers a New Round of Retirement Legislation
Recently introduced with bipartisan backing, the Securing a Strong Retirement Act, dubbed Secure Act 2, would require employers to automatically enroll new employees in their workplace retirement plan, among other changes.

SHRM HR News
Nov 20, 2020

Strengthen Your Organization's Empathy Muscle, SHRM CEO Tells Volunteer Leaders
Once upon a time, societies "were grounded in the notion of a common good and collective responsibility," but today the U.S. is in the midst of an "empathy deficit, a gap of goodwill," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM.

SHRM HR News
Nov 20, 2020

Mexico's President Introduces Proposed Subcontracting Reform
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced in a press conference that he is officially introducing an initiative to Congress to reform subcontracting.

SHRM HR News
Nov 20, 2020

Proceed with Caution When Remotely Monitoring Employees in the EU
One effect of COVID-19 has been a sharp increase in businesses' use of remote surveillance solutions. Although such tools can provide valuable performance insights and mitigate data loss and other risks, they can also significantly increase a business's legal risk.

SHRM HR News
Nov 20, 2020

Ask HR: I Paused My Career Because of Bad Managers. How Can I Restart It Now?
How can someone land a job after being out of the workforce for a period of years? And how are employers conducting job interviews fairly during the pandemic? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is answering questions on the workplace for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Pandemic Prompts Employers to Review Year-End Vacation Policies
As 2020 comes to an end, many employers have another pandemic-related issue to resolve: how to handle employees' unused vacation balances or competing requests to take time off before Dec. 31.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

OSHA Says Cloth Face Coverings Aren't Protective Equipment
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said cloth face coverings still aren't considered personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers who are at risk of exposure to the coronavirus, though new evidence shows that such equipment might protect the person wearing it.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

SHRM Partnership Promotes Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Workplace
?The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the SHRM Foundation are bringing attention to the workplace contributions of people with autism and intellectual and developmental differences in a new inclusion campaign.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

SEC Will Not Subject Whistle-Blowing Awards to Enhanced Review
The recent election probably won't change the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) decision to not subject its largest whistle-blowing awards to enhanced review. More whistle-blowing activity may result from this decision.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

5 Executive Pay Issues for 2021
As they design their 2021 executive compensation programs, companies should be aware of key issues relating to the financial and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Creating New Opportunities for People of Color
When government fails to act, it's not uncommon for business to lead the way. In recent years, for instance, business has developed ethical guidelines regarding the use of personally identifiable information and GPS tracking data. These are prime examples of a recurring theme: Business leads while government follows.Today, we grapple with issues of social justice and, specifically, how businesses can generate change where others cannot.A recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Manage

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Updating Job Descriptions During the Pandemic
?Job descriptions are often dubbed the workhorses of HR documentation—and justifiably so. When thoughtfully crafted, they can be used as building blocks for conducting successful workforce planning, setting salary and grade levels, and meeting compliance requirements. They also play an important role in performance reviews, employee career development and even recruitment. Often, job descriptions are updated in conjunction with annual performance reviews or as part of the recruiting process

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Employee Leave Can Be Complicated
Coordinating family and medical leave requirements is often a complex and daunting task for HR professionals.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Member Spotlight: Molly Webb
Meet Molly Webb, the HR manager for Bristol Bay Shared Services LLC in Anchorage, Alaska. Webb is the legislative director for the Society for Human Resource Management's Alaska State Council.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Ensuring That Certification Reflects the Evolving World of HR
?The world of HR is changing faster than ever before and the knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics that competent HR professionals need to support their workplaces are evolving, too. SHRM is revising the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge to reframe and update its content. This will affect the SHRM certification exams, SHRM Learning System, curriculum guidebook for HR degree programs and, ultimately, the taxonomy for all of SHRM's work.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Your Guide on the Journey to SHRM Certification
Ninety percent of the students in Terry Welker's SHRM certification prep courses pass the exam. But it's not the instructor that makes the difference, Welker says--it's the student's approach to learning. Here are some common traits he sees among successful exam-takers.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Financial Wellness: Make It an Organizational Priority
Employers have the opportunity to provide strategic financial wellness opportunities and solutions for employees at all levels throughout the organization. Here are ways to collaborate on financial wellness and implement strategic solutions to make financial wellness a priority.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

How Knowledge and Situational Judgment Questions Differ on the SHRM Certification Exam
When you take the SHRM certification exam, you'll encounter three distinct types of multiple-choice questions: SHRM knowledge items, foundational knowledge items and situational judgment items. Here are the differences between them and strategies to answer them.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

HR on the Front Lines During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Alison Brome, SHRM-CP, is the HR supervisor with one of the leading supermarket retailers in Barbados. When COVID-19 came to paradise, she and her organization focused on preparation and safety for employees and customers.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

What Can HR Learn from Executive Coaching?
?HR professionals are turning to executive coaching to improve their effectiveness and add organizational value. They have found that concepts and tools developed for coaching company leaders can be applied to common HR challenges such as compliance, claim prevention, risk analysis, investigations and conflict resolution.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Tech Solutions to COVID-19 Safety and Contact Tracing
As wary employees return to offices, factory floors or even motion-picture lots during a pandemic that has dragged on for eight months, some companies are instituting high-tech personal protection measures to try to keep them safe.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

Employers Give Employees the Gift of Time
While most businesses will close for Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and perhaps a few more days in between, some employers plan to expand their time-off policies this year due to the pandemic. Employers recognize how hard employees have been working—both remotely and in person—and want to make sure they take additional time away from work demands to decompress.

SHRM HR News
Nov 19, 2020

A Gift Guide for Your Employees
?It's been a trying year for so many people—both in their personal and professional lives. Comfort, caring and creativity are emerging as the gift-giving theme of 2020. Here's a look at holiday gifts employers are considering for their workers this year.

SHRM HR News
Nov 18, 2020

Recruiters Hire Locally for Global Work
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the talent acquisition landscape worldwide. Recruiters are now looking for local candidates in a globally connected world, practitioners said at the recent 2020 Talent42 Digital conference, which helps recruiters hire top technical talent.

SHRM HR News
Nov 18, 2020

It's Time for Tech Recruiters to Walk the Diversity Talk
Business leaders need to ensure that the hiring process is fair to all applicants, yet while many talent acquisition teams now have diversity initiatives in place, they lack a strategy for how to find underrepresented minority talent.

SHRM HR News
Nov 18, 2020

ICE Extends Virtual I-9 Inspection Rules Until Dec. 31
Employers with entirely remote workforces as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have until the end of the year to take advantage of relaxed document-inspection requirements for the Form I-9.

SHRM HR News
Nov 18, 2020

Colorado Clarifies and Adopts Equal Pay Transparency Rules
Colorado recently adopted final regulations under the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Here's what employers need to know.

SHRM HR News
Nov 18, 2020

Initial Unemployment Claims Tick Up
States reported that 742,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Nov. 14, an increase of 31,000 from the previous week.

SHRM HR News
Nov 18, 2020

Be Aware of How External Recruiters Reflect Your Employer Brand
When a company relies on an external recruiting firm to handle its candidate searches, it is trusting that the firm and its representatives will reflect favorably on the company's employer brand. But will they?

SHRM HR News
Nov 18, 2020

California Issues Guidance on New Pay Data Reporting Rules
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing created a page to assist employers with pay data reporting compliance under a new law that takes effect in 2021.

SHRM HR News
Nov 18, 2020

Draft Policy Aims to Stop Workplace Harassment and Violence in South Africa
The South African government recently published a draft policy on steps employers should take to prevent and eliminate violence and harassment in the workplace.

SHRM HR News
Nov 17, 2020

Recruiters' Stress Significantly Increased in 2020
It's been a very stressful year for most recruiters as they navigate the ongoing pandemic, according to the annual Recruiter Nation survey from Jobvite.

SHRM HR News
Nov 17, 2020

Biden Vows to Roll Back Trump's Immigration Policies
President-elect Joe Biden's plans for employment-based immigration will primarily be reversing what President Donald Trump has done since 2017: turning back the president's executive actions that restricted travel, limited green cards and guest worker programs, and eliminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

SHRM HR News
Nov 17, 2020

SHRM Report: Global Executives Respond to Remote Work, Other Emerging Trends
Remote work will be a talent magnet in coming years and must be viewed as a long-term investment, according to recent global research conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Oxford Economics and SAP Success Factors.

SHRM HR News
Nov 17, 2020

Disability-Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Go to a Jury
A production supervisor with a disability could pursue his claims for discriminatory and retaliatory termination because there were disputed issues of fact that should be heard by a jury, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey decided.

SHRM HR News
Nov 17, 2020

Worker Failed to Show Employer Denied Him Reasonable Accommodation
A warehouse worker who, after an injury, could no longer use a manual pallet jack to lift and move material within the warehouse was not entitled to use an electric forklift in place of the manual pallet as a reasonable accommodation under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Nov 17, 2020

Should Governments Tax Remote Workers for the 'Privilege' of Working from Home?
Social media was abuzz over a Deutsche Bank suggestion that governments tax employees who are "lucky enough" to work from home. Here's what the debate highlighted about remote work.

SHRM HR News
Nov 17, 2020

The Importance of Written Communication Skills
Communication is one of the most important soft skills that help us reach our full professional capacity and earning potential. These quick fixes for effective written communication will supercharge your resume, business communications and cover letters.

SHRM HR News
Nov 16, 2020

How COVID-19 Is Changing HR Technology Investment
The coronavirus pandemic dampened organizations' plans to spend on traditional HR technologies, but many found a way to invest in systems to help support remote work amid the pandemic, according to two new HR industry surveys.

SHRM HR News
Nov 16, 2020

Should Remote Workers Who Relocate Be Paid Less?
New complexities have arisen from the evolving shift to remote work, and one of the most contentious centers around pay. As more organizations embrace a work-from-anywhere model, some employees are deciding to relocate from expensive cities like San Francisco and New York to more affordable parts of the country. Some employers are considering paying them less.

SHRM HR News
Nov 16, 2020

Employers Must Protect Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, employers must be aware of evolving guidelines from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state and local agencies that are meant to keep workers healthy and safe during the pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Nov 16, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Puts Workplace Technology in the Spotlight
The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the role of technology in the workplace, and more employers are relying on artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality to save money and limit in-person contact.

SHRM HR News
Nov 16, 2020

Court Strikes Down Limitations on DACA Program
A federal district court struck down a memo by the acting secretary of homeland security that had placed significant limits on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

SHRM HR News
Nov 16, 2020

Fewer Workers Will Get Pay Raises in 2021; Bonuses Gain Ground
The economic effects of COVID-19 have forced more employers to re-evaluate salary increase plans for 2021, new survey findings show. Even without raising base pay, variable pay rewards, such as bonuses, can provide incentives for improving performance and productivity.

SHRM HR News
Nov 16, 2020

UPS Allows Beards, Natural Hairstyles
United Parcel Service (UPS) has eased its personal appearance guidelines, no longer banning its workers from having facial hair and allowing natural Black hairstyles like Afros and braids.

SHRM HR News
Nov 14, 2020

How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Shaped the Future of Work?
Uncertainty has become the norm in 2020 as employers and employees respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and evolving needs in a time when safety is paramount.

SHRM HR News
Nov 13, 2020

Biden Proposals Could Alter Retirement Plan Landscape
Joe Biden's administration is expected to differ from President Donald Trump's approach to promoting retirement security, with a heavier regulatory hand, benefits advisors said. Biden also supports replacing 401(k) contribution tax breaks with flat-tax credits, among other changes.

SHRM HR News
Nov 13, 2020

Steer Clear of Misconceptions About FFCRA Tax Credits
As employers learn about the paid-leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and corresponding tax credits, misconceptions have arisen related to such details as when to claim the credits and which employers are eligible to claim them.

SHRM HR News
Nov 13, 2020

DOL Final Rule Paves the Way for 2021 Launch of Pooled 401(k) Plans
In the coming year, benefits managers may find they're being pitched to jettison their current 401(k) plan in favor of a pooled employer plan (PEP) shared with other employers. A Department of Labor final rule explaining how 401(k) service providers can register as a pooled plan provider clears the way for PEPs to get underway starting Jan. 1, 2021.

SHRM HR News
Nov 13, 2020

Ask HR: Should I Tell My Employer About My Reckless Driving Charge?
Should a job applicant tell an employer about past reckless driving charges? Can employers ask applicants about their mental health? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers questions each week for a column in USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Nov 13, 2020

Viewpoint: 6 Tips for Workplace Mindfulness
During moments when we must contend with stress at work, we tend to rush and quality can be sacrificed in order to just get the job done, creating a lose-lose situation for businesses and employees. Active mindfulness may be the solution to work-related anxieties and higher quality output that many are seeking.

SHRM HR News
Nov 13, 2020

Viewpoint: Six Tips for Workplace Mindfulness
During moments when we must contend with stress at work, we tend to rush and quality can be sacrificed in order to just get the job done, creating a lose-lose situation for businesses and employees. Active mindfulness may be the solution to work-related anxieties and higher quality output that many are seeking.

SHRM HR News
Nov 12, 2020

OSHA Fines for COVID-19 Safety Violations Reach Nearly $2.5 Million
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced that the agency has cited 179 worksites for coronavirus-related violations and proposed a total of $2,496,768 in penalties since the pandemic began.

SHRM HR News
Nov 12, 2020

EEOC to Update Guidance on Combating Religious Bias at Work
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) plans to revise its guidance on religious-discrimination claims for the first time in 12 years and will soon share the proposal for public comment. Here's what employers can expect.

SHRM HR News
Nov 12, 2020

Employers Sued for Rejecting Hearing-Impaired Job Applicants
Two recent lawsuits filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are reminders that employers must make reasonable accommodations for deaf and hearing-impaired job applicants or risk violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SHRM HR News
Nov 12, 2020

Respect But Don't Accept Negative Employee Attitudes
Too often, managers sweep gripes under the rug or blame the disgruntled employee for a justifiable complaint. Then, complaints tend to reach a fever pitch because unhappy employees believe their concerns haven't been heard. That's why it's critical to give employees opportunities to express concerns and grievances safely and without fear of reprisals.

SHRM HR News
Nov 12, 2020

DOL Clarifies When Continuing Education and Travel Time Are Compensable
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has clarified the rules on when time spent fulfilling continuing-education requirements and traveling must be compensated under the Fair Labor Standards Act in two recent opinion letters.

SHRM HR News
Nov 12, 2020

Unemployment Claims Trend Down, Remain High
States reported that 709,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Nov. 7. New claims continue to slowly come down from a peak of nearly 7 million at the end of March, but have remained much higher than pre-pandemic levels. The total number of workers receiving state unemployment benefits fell last week, to 6.7 million, the lowest level since the onset of COVID-19.

SHRM HR News
Nov 11, 2020

Pittsburgh Bans Hairstyle Discrimination
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Pa., passed laws prohibiting discrimination based on hairstyle. Here's what employers need to know.

SHRM HR News
Nov 11, 2020

Complying with Connecticut's Paid Family and Medical Leave Act
Important employer obligations under Connecticut's Paid Family and Medical Leave Act take effect in less than two months.

SHRM HR News
Nov 11, 2020

Justices Seem Unlikely to Strike Down Entire Affordable Care Act
The U.S. Supreme Court appears hesitant to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety, based on questions the justices posed during oral argument Nov. 10 in a case challenging the act's constitutionality.

SHRM HR News
Nov 10, 2020

Managers: Be Upfront with Staff to Build Workplace Resilience
A new pandemic-related study found that workplace resilience—how employees respond to obstacles—is developed when managers and senior leadership keep employees informed about organizational challenges and the near-term future of the business.

SHRM HR News
Nov 10, 2020

Canada: COVID-19 Screening Is Mandatory in Ontario Workplaces
As Canada's most populous province grapples with a second wave of the coronavirus, employers in Ontario now must issue screening questions to workers and essential visitors about COVID-19 before they come into the office.

SHRM HR News
Nov 10, 2020

Teacher Loses Retaliation Claim
A high school teacher who had been placed on administrative leave and required to undergo a mental examination could not establish retaliation, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled.

SHRM HR News
Nov 10, 2020

Discrimination Jury Verdict Upheld
A jury verdict of race and national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and New York state law could not be overturned, according to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Nov 10, 2020

Viewpoint: Avoid Remote Work's Wage and Hour Minefields
With extensive remote work likely to continue for the indefinite future or become a permanent fixture of many workplace cultures, employers are well-advised, if they have not done so yet, to develop robust remote policies to ensure compliance with wage and hour laws.

SHRM HR News
Nov 10, 2020

COVID-19-Related Legal Questions Keep Coming
Employment law attorneys answer questions about emergency paid sick leave, expanded family and medical leave, and how to help employees who are afraid to return to work.

SHRM HR News
Nov 10, 2020

How to Revamp Your Resume for Today's Job Market
Jobseekers may be tempted to make their resumes appeal to as broad an audience as possible. That is exactly the wrong thing to do and may be why employers aren't responding, writes career columnist Martin Yate.

SHRM HR News
Nov 09, 2020

What's Ahead for Health Care Under Biden?
Health benefit experts share their insights on how a Biden administration is expected to change U.S. health care policies and affect employer-sponsored health coverage.

SHRM HR News
Nov 09, 2020

What's Ahead for Health Care Under President-Elect Biden?
Health benefit experts share their insights on how a Biden administration is expected to change U.S. health care policies and affect employer-sponsored health coverage.

SHRM HR News
Nov 09, 2020

Young Adults Take Gap Year to Bolster Employability, Rethink Career Options
COVID-19 has drastically upended Generation Z's college experience. An increasing number of these young adults—the oldest are 23 this year—are rethinking how they want to spend this time, opting for a "gap experience," a period of time away from school.

SHRM HR News
Nov 09, 2020

UK Issues Updated Guidance for Employers with COVID-19 Testing Programs
Even as a spike in COVID-19 cases propelled the U.K. government to announce a new national lockdown, employers are laying the groundwork in preparation to reopen more fully when possible.

SHRM HR News
Nov 09, 2020

OFCCP Codifies Rules for Resolving Discrimination Claims
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a final rule codifying its procedures on resolving employment discrimination claims.

SHRM HR News
Nov 09, 2020

San Francisco Passes Tax on Highly Paid Executives
Voters in the city approved a tax on businesses that pay their chief executive officer or "highest-paid managerial employee" well above the median salary for the rest of their employees.

SHRM HR News
Nov 08, 2020

Biometric Technology Use During the Pandemic Can Pose Ethical Problems
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, biometric technologies that take employees' temperature and rely on facial recognition are supporting new workplace-safety procedures. Employers should be careful when adopting these technologies and tell employees how the information that's being collected about them will be used, experts say.

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