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

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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

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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

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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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From 2012 to 2016, the percentage of employees who increased from 39 percent to 43 percent, according to a new Gallup poll, and employees who work remotely say they are spending more time doing so. Researchers who conducted Gallup’s State of the American Workplace study found that engagement is highest among workers who work remotely three to four days each week. …read more

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Outsourcing the processing of Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage, is common. But employers remain responsible for the accuracy of the form and should be knowledgeable about it when employees have questions. …read more

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An Ontario bill has ushered in a more general obligation for Ontario employers to protect their employees’ well-being in the workplace. …read more

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