The Trump administration has called for scrapping a requirement that publicly traded companies show how much their CEOs are paid compared with average workers, a disclosure scheduled to take effect in 2018. Nevertheless, executive pay advisors say that the requirement is still the law and is likely to remain so, given that Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission aren’t expected to take action. …read more

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is ramping up its audits of pension plans with “missing” participants. This is putting pressure on plan administrators to locate former employees—or their beneficiaries—so that they can receive the benefits they’re owed, and to document their efforts. …read more

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A California trial court applied the wrong legal standards and therefore erred in concluding that a cab driver was an independent contractor rather than an employee, the California Court of Appeal held. …read more

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How do you know if your employees, candidates for hire and even you have the competencies needed to be successful in your HR function? In this excerpt from A Manager’s Guide to Developing Competencies in HR Staff: Tips and Tools for Improving Proficiency in Your Reports (SHRM, 2018), author Phyllis G. Hartman, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, walks you through some questions to find out. …read more

From:: 3 Direct Ways to Determine Competency Proficiency in HR Staff, Candidates and Yourself

      

Two recent lawsuits that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed against employers highlight the agency’s focus on eliminating hiring barriers for people with disabilities. …read more

From:: EEOC Targets Hiring Barriers for Applicants with Disabilities

      

Most employer health plans are expected to continue providing no-cost contraception coverage for women, despite the Trump administration’s announcement that it will allow employers to claim a religious or moral objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement. Employee relations repercussions and maternity costs are factors to consider. …read more

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​Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein—the man behind such hit movies as “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love”—was fired Sunday from the company he co-founded and the company is expected to distance itself from him by changing its name. …read more

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​The aging of the U.S. workforce has been called the “silver tsunami.” Ten thousand Baby Boomers turn 65 every day—a trend that began in 2011 and will continue until 2030. Despite their reputation for being workaholics, their average retirement age is 61 to 65, which means that the workplace needs to prepare for a veritable tidal wave of turnover. Between Baby Boomer retirements and Millennial job-hopping, HR professionals are often left scrambling to curb the damage caused by massive employee exodus. …read more

From:: 4 Ways for HR to Overcome Aging Workforce Issues

      

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Under federal law, employers must pay nonexempt workers time and a half for all hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek. That may seem straightforward, but differences in state laws make overtime compliance more complicated. …read more

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