North State SHRM News & Legal Updates
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) should work more cooperatively with businesses and expand compliance assistance programs to help employers have the safest workplaces possible, industry experts said at a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing. …read more
While employers are adopting more flexible terms for severance, the most common methods of determining a final payout remain a flat number of weeks based on years of service, followed by number of weeks by position level and years of service, a new study shows. …read more
HR’s conversations with employees about their benefits often occur once a year at open enrollment. A well-designed benefits website, however, can increase employee engagement with their benefits throughout the year, making it more likely that workers will value and effectively use these offerings. …read more
By Andie Burjek Agni Skafidas loves the flexibility of being a freelancer but hates the fact that she doesn’t get any kind of health or retirement benefit.
Skafidas has a three-month gig with a company in the auto industry. Because she is in human resources, she is well aware that the rate she is being paid is the same as a full-time employee but without the benefits.
“For them it’s a great deal because I don’t cost them anything in benefits,” she said. “It’s so comical if you think about it. I’m trying to live by my values [by freelancing], and yet I’m being penalized.”
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By Rick Bell Small-business owners, pay attention. This update on the issue of joint employment will be one of the most important things you will read this year.
Joint employment has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride at the NLRB over the past few months.
I’m going to sort it all out for you and try to explain where we might be headed next.
What is Joint Employment?
Joint employment is the sharing of control and supervision of an employee’s activity among two or more business entities, such that each is liable for the legal wrongs of the other to its employees (e.g., discrimination, …read more
Recognize that all performance incentives have the potential to turn perverse. “Every incentive to perform is an incentive to cheat,” says managerial incentive expert Marc Hodak of Farient Advisors. “You can’t have one without the other.” …read more
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