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Mar 01, 2021

California Disability Law May Cover Condition Outside Scope of Federal Law
A trial court should not have dismissed a claim filed by a teacher against a school district alleging that the district failed to accommodate her "electromagnetic hypersensitivity."

SHRM HR News
Mar 01, 2021

House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives passed another round of COVID-19-related legislation that would expand federal unemployment benefits and provide additional small business aid. The U.S. Senate will now consider the measure.

SHRM HR News
Mar 01, 2021

IRS Clarifies Relief for FSA Carry-Overs
Employers can offer employees participating in health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care FSAs greater flexibility for rolling over unused funds through 2022, under new IRS guidance.

SHRM HR News
Mar 01, 2021

Labor Department Tip-Pooling Rule Delayed Until April
The U.S. Department of Labor has officially delayed a rule that would make it easier for restaurants and other hospitality businesses to allow "back-of-the-house" workers—such as cooks and dishwashers—and other nontipped workers to share in gratuities.

SHRM HR News
Mar 01, 2021

Mentoring Prepares Women for Leadership Roles in Cable Industry
Women's TechConnect ?is a formal mentoring program helps groom high-potential female engineers for leadership roles throughout the cable industry. SHRM Online spoke to two women about their experience in the yearlong program.

SHRM HR News
Mar 01, 2021

Pharmacies Are Staffed Up for COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Retail pharmacies will play a vital role in administering COVID-19 vaccines this year, and CVS Health—the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., with nearly 10,000 locations—has already done the hiring necessary to put shots in arms.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2021

Individuals Who Refuse Unsafe Work May Be Eligible for Retroactive Unemployment Benefits
The U.S. Department of Labor clarified in guidance that laid-off individuals who refuse work because of COVID-19 safety concerns may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2021

Hong Kong's COVID-19 Vaccination Program: Considerations for Employers
Every employer in Hong Kong should consider how the vaccination program could impact its business and which questions it may face from employees and customers.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2021

How Flexible Rewards Programs Boost Employee Engagement
Employee achievement rewards recognize employees for their successes—and by doing so, help to increase employee motivation and reinforce behaviors aligned with company goals and values. Some rewards programs, however, fail to deliver these outcomes. Here's why.

SHRM HR News
Feb 26, 2021

Ask HR: How Do I Handle an Inappropriate Social Media Post?
Can an employer restrict what an employee says on their own social media accounts about the company? How can workers keep chatty colleagues from impeding their workday? ?SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers these HR questions as part of a series for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2021

Can an Employee Refuse to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Employers wanting to require workers to get a COVID-19 vaccination should be prepared to respond to workers' concerns and make reasonable accommodations under federal and state law.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2021

CDC Is Depending on Employers to Encourage Worker Vaccinations
Vaccination is an important tool in controlling the pandemic, say public health leaders, who are asking employers to encourage and make it easy for workers to get vaccinated. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials explained what employers can do to promote efforts to vaccinate employees.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2021

How the Pandemic Has Changed HR Internships
Internships are typically one of the most significant steps that aspiring human resource professionals can take on their career path. They provide HR students with the opportunity to see what the prospective job entails and can potentially lead to full-time employment after graduation. But the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the outlook for internships in a number of ways.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2021

GOP Ties Minimum Wage Increase to E-Verify Mandate
Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., are proposing legislation that would gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $10 per hour and require all employers to use E-Verify, an electronic system to check employees' work authorization.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2021

New Jobless Claims Drop By Over 100K
States reported that 730,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Feb. 20, a decrease of 111,000 from the previous week's revised level. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell by 100,000 to 4.4 million. About 19 million people are receiving some type of unemployment aid.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2021

Microsoft's Viva Platform Shakes Up HR Technology Market
Microsoft's new Viva employee experience platform—an app in Microsoft Teams that functions as a one-stop-shop employee portal—has arrived. HR technology vendors now need to determine how they'll co-exist with or compete against a major new player in the market.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2021

SHRM Emerging Professional Champions: William W. Spencer III, SHRM-CP
?As part of an effort to recognize the next generation of human resource leaders, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is naming students, alumni and others who work on behalf of emerging professionals as SHRM Emerging Professional Champions. This week, we're looking at William W. Spencer III, SHRM-CP, human resources generalist II for Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT).

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2021

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Equality Act
On Feb. 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a bill that proposes to amend federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in employment, housing, public schools, among other areas.

SHRM HR News
Feb 25, 2021

When Hiring Remotely Raises Legal Issues
Over the past year, employers have made significant changes to their hiring practices to ensure the safety of potential and current employees. Remote hiring for professional workers has become the norm and is a practice that is likely to continue, even after concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic have subsided. In fact, many employers are realizing the potential benefit of having access to talent around the country—or around the globe. However, there are certain risks that employers need to consider when recruiting and hiring talent beyond their traditional market areas.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2021

Know Before You Hire: 3 Employment-Screening Trends in 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impede aspects of employment screening in 2021, leading employers to use alternative procedures such as conditional hiring and...

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2021

More States May Follow Virginia in Trend to Pass Consumer Privacy Laws
Virginia may be the first state to follow California's lead on consumer privacy legislation, but it certainly will not be the last. Here's what organizations need to know about privacy laws.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2021

Most Employers Open to Negotiating Salary, Not Benefits
The majority of employers are open to negotiating salary for some or all positions once a job offer has been made, but that openness does not extend to bonuses and benefits, according to a new survey.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2021

California High Court to Answer Question About Employment Retaliation
Is the California Supreme Court about to make it more difficult to dispose of whistleblower retaliation claims? That may well be the case. The state high court has agreed to answer a question from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2021

County Employee Fired for Skipping Funeral Loses Claim
The office manager for a district attorney (DA) did not have a First Amendment claim for her firing after she refused to attend the funeral of the DA's mentor, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2021

Does a Strong Workplace Culture Require In-Person Work?
Data show that the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has been largely successful in maintaining productivity, but most employers still believe that returning to the office is the best path forward for maintaining a strong organizational culture. But is that true?

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2021

Employees Working Out of State Often Fail to Let HR Know
With so many employees having worked outside their home state or country during the pandemic, sometimes without notifying their HR departments, employers may have failed to withhold payroll taxes properly without realizing it.

SHRM HR News
Feb 24, 2021

Employer Had Latitude with Employee Interrogations into Unprotected Work Stoppage
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a National Labor Relations Board ruling that prohibited an employer's questioning of employees who participated in an unprotected work stoppage.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2021

Employees Working Out-of-State Often Fail to Let HR Know
With so many employees having worked outside their home state or country during the pandemic, sometimes without notifying their HR departments, employers may have failed to withhold payroll taxes properly without realizing it.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2021

Post-Pandemic, Should Employers Still Subsidize Fitness at Home?
Benefits managers who support at-home fitness say that reimbursing workers for purchasing home exercise equipment is a perk that employees truly appreciate, and one that complements at-home virtual fitness classes.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2021

If a Company Requires a COVID-19 Vaccine, What's a Manager's Role?
If workers refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine, managers need to be armed with facts about the vaccine based on science, understand the legal issues of requiring employees to be vaccinated, and be prepared to listen to and counsel workers who are nervous about the vaccine.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2021

The Damage Done: Dealing with Narcissists in the Workplace
Narcissistic behavior on the job can arise at any time, with troubling results. One new study showed that narcissists can significantly damage workplace team performance. Another reveals the short-term and long-term damage done by narcissistic managers—all the way up to the C-suite. Study researchers define narcissism as a "grandiose sense of self-importance" combined with a lack of empathy for other people—characteristics that can fuel negativity on the job.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2021

Top Challenges for Managers in 2021
Weeks before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, experts said gig-worker laws, Generation Z workers, mental health and vaping would be the top issues managers would face in 2020. Little did they know of the challenges that the pandemic, remote work and social unrest would bring to the workplace. All of those issues and more are still on the table in 2021. Here is an updated view of what experts said will occupy managers most this year.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2021

COVID-19 Measures Adopted in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
The Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic in the United Arab Emirates have introduced new measures to curb the second wave of COVID-19 cases.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2021

Managing Your Career After COVID-19
Looking forward to an entirely "post-COVID-19 world" might be wishful thinking, writes career columnist Martin Yate, as our world is being irreversibly changed by the pandemic. Now is the time to strengthen your work skills and invest in Me Inc.--a strategy to help you manage your career as companies manage their profit and growth.

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2021

Report: Most Companies Are 'Going Through the Motions' of DE&I
?Corporate attempts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are falling short, according to new research that raises serious doubts about traditional...

SHRM HR News
Feb 23, 2021

Training First-Time Employees? Don't Forget Soft Skills
Young workers can be a source of seasonal or part-time labor for businesses looking to fill entry-level jobs. But managing these young employees can also present challenges, especially if it's their first experience in the workforce.

SHRM HR News
Feb 22, 2021

Canada: Ontario, Quebec Ease Lockdown Restrictions
Ontario and Quebec both moved into provincewide lockdowns before the start of 2021 to minimize transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The provinces started to ease the lockdowns in February but there has been some opposition to the easing of restrictions.

SHRM HR News
Feb 22, 2021

Pay Freezes Were Common in 2020; Employers Stay Cautious with 2021 Budgets
Only 64 percent of U.S. organizations gave base pay increases in 2020, down from 82 percent that raised salaries in 2019, new research shows. Pay analysts expect 2021 wage increases to remain restrained despite an expected pickup in economic growth as the pandemic recedes.

SHRM HR News
Feb 22, 2021

UK Supreme Court Says Uber Drivers Are Not Self-Employed
Uber drivers in the United Kingdom are entitled to worker benefits, such as minimum wage and holiday pay, according to the U.K.'s highest court.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2021

Employee's Comments About Headaches Not Deemed Request for Medical Leave
An employee who said he was experiencing headaches and needed to follow up with his doctors did not make a request for medical leave under the California Family Rights Act, a California appeals court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2021

Here's What California Employers Should Know About CCPA Compliance
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) has been amended several times since it passed in 2018—and employers should be aware of how those changes affect the workplace.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2021

COVID-19 Continues to Drive HR Technology Change
The coronavirus pandemic will continue to drive digital innovations in 2021, says HR leader Jennie Knowles, SHRM-CP—just as it did last year, when human resource leaders led the shift to remote work and immediately started adapting to their new environments.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2021

Case Study: Data Management Tools Can Improve Employee Experience
When Kyle Roberts, chief people officer at Even Financial, and her colleagues embarked on a search for a customizable workforce management system to improve talent and organizational decisions, it was the company's most important HR data management initiative to date.

SHRM HR News
Feb 21, 2021

What You Need to Know About the OFCCP's Internet Applicant Rule
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) internet applicant rule shapes the hiring process for employers who do business with the federal government. The 15-year-old regulation dictates which job-applicant records federal contractors and subcontractors need to maintain, how to refine online applicant pools, and how to solicit required demographic data from online job applicants.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

DOL Withdraws Opinion Letter on Independent-Contractor Status
The U.S. Department of Labor recently withdrew an opinion letter that said some gig-economy workers who find jobs through smartphone apps—such as drivers for ride-hailing services—are properly classified as independent contractors under federal wage and hour law.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

What Can Employers Do If Former Employees Can't Be Reached?
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employees to work remotely, and some may have relocated for a variety of reasons, creating challenges for employers to keep up-to-date records of employee contact information.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

Retaliation Claim Fails Since Employee Wasn't Clearly Opposing Age Bias
An employer could not have been aware that a former employee's actions were intended to oppose age discrimination against another worker, so the employee's retaliation claim failed, a California appeals court ruled.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

Coordinate FFCRA Tax Credits with FMLA
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) mandatory requirements have expired, but the distinction between emergency paid sick leave, emergency family and medical leave and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time off remains significant.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

NLRB Reinforces Right to Wear Union Insignia, Discuss Unions
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently upheld workers' right to wear union symbols and discuss union matters in the workplace, with certain exceptions.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

Companies in India Make Plans to Vaccinate Staff
As the Indian government advances its COVID-19 vaccination program, some companies are making plans to vaccinate their employees as soon as possible.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

Ask HR: Is My Company Required to Pay Out My Paid Time Off?
Do employers have to pay terminated employees for accrued paid time off? Can HR keep workers from traveling during the coronavirus pandemic? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions for a weekly series in USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

New Administration and Pandemic Put Focus on Wage Theft
?During good and bad economic times, workers have sued their employers for undercounting their hours, refusing to pay overtime or otherwise shortchanging their paychecks. Scrutiny for wage theft, as it is known, is more likely with the election of President Joe Biden and a labor-friendly mindset among the Democratic majority in Congress. The pandemic and remote work could boost claims as well.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

How to Succeed in HR at a Small Family-Owned Company
As HR professionals who work in family-run businesses know, owners and other senior relatives are the final decision-makers on all workplace matters. In some companies, nepotism and favoritism can lead to broken laws and mismanagment. Here are some ways to improve a family-owned business's HR processes while upholding your responsibilities—without making enemies.

SHRM HR News
Feb 19, 2021

How to Succeed in HR at a Small, Family-Owned Company
As HR professionals who work in family-run businesses know, owners and other senior relatives are the final decision-makers on all workplace matters. In some companies, nepotism and favoritism can lead to broken laws and mismanagment. Here are some ways to improve a family-owned business's HR processes while upholding your responsibilities—without making enemies.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

Clock May Be Ticking on Suspended Benefit Deadlines
The pandemic-related extensions of certain benefit plan compliance and reporting deadlines are expiring. Given a lack of answers from regulators, plan administrators should decide whether to treat the extensions as ended.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

Biden Nominates NLRB General Counsel
On Feb. 17, President Joe Biden nominated Jennifer Abruzzo to be the next National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

Some Employers Offer COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives Despite Lack of Guidance
Employers are unsure about whether to give employees incentives to get the COVID-19 vaccines. The lack of legal guidance about appropriate incentives may be holding them back.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

DOL Lifts Limits on Subregulatory Guidance
Employers can expect to have new compliance obligations in the wake of the Biden administration's lifting of certain limits that the Trump administration had put on subregulatory guidance—guidance that hasn't gone through the notice-and-comment period.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

Long-Term Unemployment Rises Toward Historic Peak
Long-term unemployment continues to mount one year after the coronavirus pandemic was declared a public health emergency in the United States.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

The Path to Recertification: Plan Early and Get Organized
Congratulations on passing the SHRM certification exam! Now it's time to focus on recertification. Here are tips on getting organized, tracking recertification credits and paying it forward.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

HR Certification and the Nontraditional Career Path
Being SHRM-certified helped this employment lawyer and business journalist transition into a knowledge management role at SHRM, cataloguing and curating SHRM's huge body of HR information on workplace law.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

Communication and Training on Sweeping Legislative Changes
Providing information to the organization about evolving legislation can be a challenge for HR professionals. But it needs to be a priority. It is our responsibility to help our organizations navigate the dramatically changing landscape of laws and regulations, and the best way to do that is through effective communication and training.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

Certification Exams Via Remote Testing: An Update for 2021
SHRM began offering remote testing options to candidates for its certification exams in May 2020. Now, even as many test centers are beginning to resume in-person operations, SHRM continues to offer 24/7 testing via the remote platform and will do so for the foreseeable future so examinees have a choice in how and where they take the test. SHRM has made several upgrades to improve the remote testing experience.

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

New Companies Become SHRM Recertification Providers
?Take the guesswork out of the recertification process for maintaining your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential. Turn to these providers for courses that qualify for professional development credits. Here are the latest companies to be approved as SHRM Recertification Providers. Congratulations!

SHRM HR News
Feb 18, 2021

Recertification Q&A: Categories and Credit Amounts
Do you have to earn professional development credits in each of the three recertification categories--Advance Your Education, Advance Your Organization and Advance Your Profession? The SHRM Certification team answers some of your most frequently asked questions about recertifying your SHRM credentials.

SHRM HR News
Feb 17, 2021

New Jobless Claims Tick Back Up
States reported that 861,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Feb. 13, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's revised level. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell to 4.4 million. About 18 million people are receiving some type of unemployment aid.

SHRM HR News
Feb 17, 2021

EEOC Freezes Rules on Wellness Programs and Union 'Official Time'
In response to a White House directive, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently paused several of the prior administration's proposed and pending rules.

SHRM HR News
Feb 17, 2021

Amazon and New York Officials Take COVID-19 Safety Dispute to Court
Amazon filed a COVID-19-related lawsuit on Feb. 12 arguing that the New York attorney general's office exceeded its authority to regulate workplace safety issues during the pandemic. Four days later, the state attorney general filed suit against Amazon.

SHRM HR News
Feb 17, 2021

Puerto Rico Issues Guidelines on Law Against Workplace Bullying
The Puerto Rico Department of Labor has issued guidelines and a sample protocol for employers to follow in compliance with Puerto Rico's law against workplace bullying.

SHRM HR News
Feb 17, 2021

Arizona Civil Rights Act Amended to Protect Pregnant Workers
Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law HB 2045, which expands protections for pregnant workers under Arizona law. Here's what employers need to know.

SHRM HR News
Feb 17, 2021

How to Be Happier at Work
Feeling happy may seem like a tall order, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and all of its accompanying stresses. But happiness is a skill that can be learned, experts say, when we stop comparing ourselves to others and focus on our inner happiness. Then we can begin bringing our best selves to work.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

President Biden Ends Employer-Led Apprenticeships
President Joe Biden announced Feb. 17 that he is discontinuing one of the Trump administration's top workforce development initiatives—industry-recognized apprenticeship programs (IRAPs). Over 130 programs had been created so far, mostly for nursing credentials.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

SHRM Emerging Professional Champions: Rose Hernandez
SHRM is recognizing students, alumni and others who work on behalf of Emerging Professionals. We begin with a look at Rose Hernandez, student at Texas A&M University—San Antonio, and president of the San Antonio SHRM Student Chapter.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

SHRM EP Champions: Rose Hernandez, Student Member
SHRM is recognizing students, alumni and others who work on behalf of Emerging Professionals. We begin with a look at Rose Hernandez, student at Texas A&M University—San Antonio, and president of the San Antonio SHRM Student Chapter.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

Employee's Resignation During Accommodation Process Dooms Claims
A manufacturing employee who sought a permanent exception from his company's shift rotation could not go to trial on his disability claims because he did not await the company's final decision before resigning, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama held.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

Supporting Workers and Their Pets Through the COVID-19 Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employers to shift their operations to remote work, which may have changed employees' routines with their pets. As case numbers drop and some employers consider reopening their workplaces, employees may have anxiety about leaving their animal companions at home.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Extended Through 2025
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)—an incentive for employers to broaden their job applicant pools and hire from certain groups of people who may need assistance finding jobs—has been reauthorized and extended through the end of 2025.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

Biden DOL Allows Investment Advice Rule to Take Effect
The Department of Labor (DOL) allowed a controversial Trump administration final rule on providing investment advice to retirement plan participants to take effect as scheduled, surprising those who believed the Biden administration was likely to block the new regulation, which allows advisors to receive payments from mutual funds they recommend.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

UK Employers Should Avoid COVID-19 Furlough Fraud Violations
U.K. employers that have claimed government grants to keep employees on the payroll during the pandemic should make sure they can show their claims were made properly, given the government's efforts to fight furlough fraud.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

IRS Clarifies Tax on Executive Pay at Nonprofit Organizations
The IRS published a final rule to help tax-exempt organizations comply with the 21 percent excise tax on pay over $1 million to the five highest-paid employees at the organization.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Draw Employers' Interest
?The hiring rate for graduates of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) shot up an average 5.9 percent a year from 2016 through 2019, according to the latest Workforce Report from LinkedIn. That is above the 1.3 percent average yearly growth rate for graduates from non-HBCU schools, it found.

SHRM HR News
Feb 16, 2021

How to Job-Hunt Internationally
To find a job in another country, depend on your existing skills and look for opportunities in multinational companies, advises career columnist Martin Yate.

SHRM HR News
Feb 15, 2021

Workers' Vaccination Fears Pose Business Challenges, SHRM Survey Finds
A substantial number of U.S. workers said they were unlikely to get the vaccine, according to research by the Society for Human Resource Management. If they remain fearful, it could delay businesses from returning to normal operations.

SHRM HR News
Feb 15, 2021

Assaulted Employee's Claims Barred by Workers' Compensation
Workers' compensation statutes provide the sole remedy for an employee assaulted by a co-worker if the assault is related to one's employment, including disputes over job performance or the scope of job responsibilities, according to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2021

Bees Move in When Employees Work from Home
?There was a buzz of activity at Invoca, even though the 150 employees at the Santa Monica, Calif., data analytics software company had vacated the headquarters in March to work remotely. While they were away, a new group set up shop—a colony of 20,000 honeybees living and working in the walls of the offices.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2021

Employers in Wait-and-See Mode over Possible DOL Guidance on Refusal to Work
Employers are waiting to see whether the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue guidance requested by President Joe Biden clarifying that workers who refuse unsafe working conditions can still receive unemployment insurance.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2021

China's New Civil Code and Its Impact on Harassment
The new People's Republic of China (PRC) Civil Code took effect on Jan. 1, establishing important new principles on what constitutes sexual harassment and introducing potential liability for employers.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2021

Employers May Be Eligible for a Second PPP Loan
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aims to help struggling businesses keep workers employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Employers that received loans through the program last year may be eligible for a second loan if they meet certain criteria.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2021

Pension Breach Blamed on Third-Party Service Provider
A major breach of pension plan participants' data in the U.K. is a reminder for plan sponsors and administrators to assess the data privacy and security capabilities of potential service providers.

SHRM HR News
Feb 12, 2021

Ask HR: Do I Tell HR About a Rude Boss?
How can employees get their managers to stop yelling at them? And can employers require workers who want to work from home to present doctor's notes? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers HR questions each week for USA Today.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2021

Viewpoint: Optimizing Global Mobility's Emergency Response Plans
A year into the pandemic, one of the persistent questions within global mobility teams is how to inject additional resilience into their emergency response plans. The answer requires managerial attention to three distinct but complementary domains: environmental competency, communication agility and reporting accuracy.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2021

Senate Committee Approves Secretary of Labor Nominee
On Feb. 11, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's nomination to be secretary of labor. His nomination will advance to the full Senate for consideration, where confirmation is expected soon.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2021

Complying with Minimum-Wage Laws in 2021
As federal lawmakers consider whether to raise the minimum wage to $15, many state and local wage rates have been steadily rising in recent years, and some have reached or surpassed $15 an hour. Compliance can be a challenge for employers in multiple jurisdictions, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2021

Michigan Alters COVID-19 Worker Quarantine Requirements
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill modifying COVID-19 worker quarantine requirements, likely in response to recent changes to federal guidelines.

SHRM HR News
Feb 11, 2021

Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers Is Trending in California
Several cities in California have passed premium-pay ordinances mandating additional pay for certain grocery store and drugstore employees.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2021

New Jobless Claims Trend Lower
States reported that 793,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Feb. 6, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week's upwardly revised level. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell to 4.5 million. About 20 million people are receiving some type of unemployment aid.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2021

USCIS Rescinds Memo on H-1B Visas for Computer Programmers
Employers can feel more secure that computer programmers qualify for H-1B visas, following the rescission of a 2017 policy that increased scrutiny of these roles.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2021

401(k) Contributions 'Crowded Out' by HSAs—Does It Matter?
More than half of first-time health savings account (HSA) contributors reduce their 401(k) account savings rate, new research shows. This needn't put their retirement security at risk if some of their HSA dollars are used for long-term savings.

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2021

Workplace Romance Report: Cupid's Arrows Are Flying
?It seems the workplace can be better than a dating app for making a love connection. Over a third of employed Americans report they are currently involved or had previously been involved in a workplace romance, an increase from 27 percent last year, according to a new survey conducted Jan. 28-Feb. 1 by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

SHRM HR News
Feb 10, 2021

Young Professionals Struggle to Find Comfort Amid the Pandemic
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic appear to be hitting young people the hardest, according to new research. Concerns about the virus itself, combined with economic anxiety and loneliness, have resulted in members of Generation Z and Millennials feeling more despondent than their older counterparts.

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