• California: Does pregnant employee have a discrimination claim?

    March 29, 2016 | HR News

    By Beth Kahn and Timothy J. Toohey, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP A California employer fired a pregnant employee for violating its policy on reporting missing customer deposits. On appeal, the California Court of Appeal considered whether the employee had a claim for pregnancy discrimination and whether the employer had a legitimate reason for terminating End excerpt

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  • Fit for your firm: Weaving wellness programs into open enrollment season

    March 21, 2016 | HR News

    By Heidi Bowman, senior vice president and general manager, Weight Watchers Health Solutions Guiding your employees through the health-plan process is undeniably important. However, we have found that when planning for open enrollment season, many companies tend to overlook a vital spoke in their hub—wellness programs. While, Educating employees on the benefits of a yearlong End excerpt

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  • HSAs and HRAs—Which is faring better in the health plan market? New survey breaks out the data

    March 21, 2016 | HR News

    Which is faring better in today’s health insurance market—health reimbursement arrangements or health savings accounts? To find out, United Benefits Advisors (UBA) surveyed more than 10,000 employers representing more than 5 million total lives for its special report, 2015 Health Plan Survey, “HSAs and HRAs: How They’re Doing. UBA broke out the survey data on End excerpt

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  • College degrees not keeping up with demand in critical areas, says survey

    March 21, 2016 | HR News

    Nearly two-thirds (63%) of employers reported that they are concerned about the growing skills gap in the U.S1. A new analysis—of college degree completions versus job demand—from CareerBuilder and Emsi shows that the next generation of workers won’t be able to fill the void. According to a national Harris Poll survey of more than 2,300 End excerpt

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  • Your employee handbook may defeat a breach of contract claim

    March 16, 2016 | HR News

    By Howard Fetner The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently ruled that anemployee handbook that contains a clear and prominent disclaimer defeats an employee’s breach of contract claim. Facts From May 9, 2005, to August 31, 2010, Erica Delgado worked as a patient care assistant at Raritan End excerpt

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  • 1/5 of HR mangers admit women at their companies earn less than men, says survey

    March 16, 2016 | HR News

    Today, gender equality in the workplace is top of mind for politicians, activists, business leaders and workers. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, more than half of workers (55%) do not believe men and women are paid equally for the same job, and a similar proportion (51%) do not feel men and women are given End excerpt

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  • Employees with low self-esteem, low self-control have negative effect on the workplace, says study

    March 16, 2016 | HR News

    Employees with low self-esteem and low self-control can exact a heavy toll on an organization, says a new study by a Clemson University professor, who suggests some ways human resources can help prevent these employees from having a negative effect on the workplace. Tom Zagenczyk, PhD, associate professor of management in the College of Business End excerpt

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  • HR merger and acquisition playbook

    March 16, 2016 | HR News

    By Barbara Mitchell Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) were at an all-time high in 2015. There is some indication that they will slow down in 2016 because it is an election year, but probably not by much. However, just because there are a lot of mergers does not mean that they are successful. In fact, at End excerpt

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  • Form 1095-C: How to communicate the latest IRS changes to your employees

    March 15, 2016 | HR News

    By Jay Krishnan, director of Product Marketing, GuideSpark Whether in business or in life, change is inevitable, and how companies explain significant changes to their employees can have a lasting impact on their engagement. When it comes to important topics like their benefits, it can even impact their health and wellness. One of the key End excerpt

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  • The aging workforce and how employers can avoid age discrimination claims

    March 15, 2016 | HR News

    By Joan Farrell, JD, Senior Legal Editor Older workers continue to make up a significant portion of the U.S. workforce as many Baby Boomers opt to continue working past the traditional retirement age. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers aged 55 and over will make up over 25% of the U.S. workforce by End excerpt

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