Hiring freezes are the top cost-containment strategy being employed by organizations as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the U.S. economy, according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson.

​Welcome to the SHRM Online "Share Your Story" series, launched for HR professionals to share their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.  This story comes from Susan Halstead, SHRM-SCP, HR manager, and Amber Pratt, director of marketing and public relations, at Alabama Ag Credit’s headquarters in Montgomery, Ala. It is a borrower-stockholder financial cooperative for farms, timber and forestry operations, agribusiness, landowners, and rural homes and homesit

​Note to my fellow HR professionals: This article was written before the world pandemic. The topic area is talent acquisition, which may be on hold for some people (retail, travel, etc.) and accelerated for others (health care, eldercare, etc.). Read it now if you need it as a distraction or save it to come back to when the world calms down. Whatever your situation, remember that you still need to develop yourself going forward.Lately I’ve been thinking about the knowledge-driven aspects of

The number of U.S. workers filing for new unemployment benefits for the week ending March 21 shot up to 3.28 million, rocketing past the previous week’s total of 281,000 and resulting from a nationwide shutdown tied to the coronavirus pandemic. The week’s tally is more than quadruple the record of 695,000 initial jobless claims set in 1982, according to the Department of Labor.

HR executives will need to think strategically about how they’ll manage IT staff while coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

​One-third of HR leaders say they are challenged to develop effective senior leaders, and nearly half struggle to develop effective midlevel leaders, according to recent research from Gartner.Sari Wilde, managing vice president at Gartner, discussed with SHRM Online the implications of these findings, which succession risks are most prevalent and what employers can do to reduce them.[SHRM members-only toolkit: Developing Organizational Leaders]SHRM Online: Why is leadership succession so

​The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will defer the requirements for employers to review Form I-9 documents in-person with new employees. The change applies to employers and workplaces that are operating completely remotely."Employers with employees taking physical proximity precautions due to COVID-19 will not be required to review the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in the employee’s physical presence," DHS said. The p

​March 20 Update: All premium processing has been suspended pending further notice.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is postponing its premium processing service for fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject visas until the end of May.We’ve rounded up resources and articles from SHRM Online and other trusted outlets on the news.Two-Phased ReturnAs the agency has done in the past, premium processing—which allows employers to pay extra to have their visa petitions decide

​March 20 update: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will defer the physical presence requirements associated with reviewing Form I-9 documents for employers and workplaces operating completely remotely.The information in this article is still relevant for organizations with partially remote workforces or those with completely remote workforces that wish to proceed with the standard Form I-9 employment verification process using third-party r

​Professional services firm PwC agreed to pay $11.6 million and change its recruiting practices to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging age discrimination in hiring.We’ve rounded up resources and articles from SHRM Online and other trusted outlets on the news.Plaintiffs Claim Focus on College Recruiting Is DiscriminatoryA group of applicants age 40 and older sued the company in 2016, claiming that PwC’s recruiting efforts on college campuses was a violation of the Age Discrimination