Health reform is back in the news for multiple reasons. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) (H.R. 1628) by a vote of 217 to 213. This law was prepared specifically to avoid a filibuster in the Senate by using the same budget reconciliation methodology used to pass the ACA. In this way, a simple majority in the Senate can pass the law.
Gender pay disparity and the many reasons for it, continues to be studied by researchers. A new study by researchers at Wellesley, Harvard, Boston College and the Institute for Social Research in Oslo, Sweden identifies motherhood as a big impediment to equal pay as women’s careers progress.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the newest trends in HR and talent acquisition. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, more than 1 in 10 HR managers (13%) are seeing AI become a regular part of HR. 55% say they expect it to play a large role within the next five years.
Kurt Rambis, former NBA champion and coach, is quoted as saying, “I’m in favor of drug tests, just so long as they are multiple choice.” There are many different types of drug tests available for screening applicants and employees for drug use, but can they be multiple choice? In a way they can. How? Well I’m so glad you asked.
As the summer rapidly approaches, many employers will supplement their seasonal workforce with minors under the age of 18. While this is a great opportunity to give a youth the ability to learn work skills, employers need to be aware of the special requirements and their obligations for employing a minor.
According to US Census statistics, 57% of women work outside the home, compared with 69.2% of men. Fed Chairperson Janet Yellen stated that “[o]ne recent study estimates that increasing the female participation rate to that of men would raise our gross domestic product by 5%.” So why aren’t more women in the workforce?
School bullying is now a household term recognized widely, but what about workplace bullying? Workplace bullying has affected 27% of workers according to a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute. The majority of workplace bullies are bosses, and 72% of employers deny, discount, defend, or rationalize the bullying. 61% of victims wind up losing their jobs as a result.
Stay interviews are the best defense against employee attrition. While exit interviews can have value, you are finding out the information too late. By conducting regular stay interviews, you’ll discover exactly what employees like and don’t like about their job and the workplace. This allows you to make changes before employees leave, resulting in reduced employee turnover.
Under the Equal Pay Act (EPA), courts have generally allowed employers to prove that some “factor other than sex” justified the pay differentials. However, a recent Federal 8th Circuit of Appeals case narrowed the parameters that employers can use to defend EPA lawsuits and allowed broadening of testimony to show the employer is committing systemic discrimination.
Solely based on Federal law…yes. A federal court ruled last week that it is legal to pay female employees less than men if it is based on past salary history. This decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous ruling that stated that pay differences solely on past salary history were discriminatory, based on the Equal Pay Act.
Summer is approaching and many employers hire co-ops, interns and work study students during that time period. When employing a student and the student is the object of harassment, the question is whether the student can seek relief under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Act), Title IX of the Act, or both. A recent case from the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals answered affirmatively that both could apply.
Employee appreciation is a key element to achieving high levels of employee engagement and retention. Employees that feel appreciated have increased productivity and tend to feel better about their work. But if approached the wrong way, it could backfire.
Although Alfred E. Newman is a fictional character from Mad Magazine, his approach of “What, me worry?” is one that HR professionals should emulate. Although employers and employees do some of the darnedest things, regardless of the advice and counsel of HR, there is no need to stress out over this stuff. That is…as long as some common sense is applied...
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