• Improve employee engagement by holding managers more accountable

    March 15, 2016 | HR News

    By Hugh Tonks According to a Gallup study, managers account for up to 70% variance in employee engagement in the U.S. workforce. This is a staggering indictment of managers, considering the fact that engagement is such a widespread problem. Managers are hired to be leaders and to inspire their workforce. But in reality, a large End excerpt

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  • Third time is not the charm for California school district

    March 15, 2016 | HR News

    By Cathleen S. Yonahara, Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP The following sexual harassment case was tried by a jury three times. The first time, the jury found in favor of the school district. The second time, a mistrial was declared before a verdict was rendered. The third time, the jury awarded the employee $199,399 for End excerpt

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  • Voluntary benefits help employees fill the healthcare coverage gap

    March 15, 2016 | HR News

    In its inaugural “State of Employee Benefits 2016” report, Benefitfocus found companies are altering their healthcare plan design to shift greater financial responsibility to employees via voluntary benefits, driving the need for a different approach to healthcare consumption. These benefits can be powerful tools in helping cover the costs associated with consumer-driven health care, says End excerpt

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  • U.S. employment taxes are less than half of what rest of world pays, says study

    March 15, 2016 | HR News

    Businesses in the United States are paying out 8.8% of their employees’ annual salaries in social security and other so-called employment “taxes,” according to a new study by Urbach Hacker Young International Limited (UHY). This is well below the global average of $6,141 or 20.5% of salary. According to a press release from UHY, the 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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  • Failure to hire due to sex? Ask a Rhode Island jury

    November 23, 2015 | HR News

    By Joseph M. Cooper and Meghan E. SiketEmployers often will seek to end employment lawsuits before trial using a procedural device called a “motion for summary judgment,” essentially asking the judge to decide, without a trial, to dismiss the case because it lacks any legal merit. However, the U.S. District Court for the District of End excerpt

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  • Indirect supervisor’s comments could prevent employer victory

    November 23, 2015 | HR News

    By Matthew R. Brunkhorst A terminated employee’s claim of age discrimination under Missouri law was tossed out by a trial court after it determined that an indirect supervisor wasn’t a decision maker in the employee’s termination and his age-related comments were only “stray remarks.” On appeal, however, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (which End excerpt

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  • 17 crucial elements for an effective Millennial recruiting video

    November 23, 2015 | HR News

    By Ryan Jenkins For more tips on effectively recruiting Millennials, attend our live webinar “Next Generation Recruiting: 5 Proven Strategies to Attract Top Millennial Talent” on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. As a bonus for attending, you’ll learn the five phases to successfully embracing change. Finding talent for your organization is an ongoing process. It’s even End excerpt

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  • Clear and consistent performance evaluations pave way for victory

    November 23, 2015 | HR News

    By Joseph M. Cooper and Meghan E. Siket It can be difficult to maintain a consistent performance evaluation process that clearly conveys constructive criticism and negative feedback when it’s merited. A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit— which covers Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—affirmed the dismissal of End excerpt

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  • Food manufacturer pays millions in back wages to temporary workers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania

    November 3, 2015 | HR News

    According to a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) press release, two federal investigations have found that temporary production line workers at J&J Snack Foods Corp., a North American manufacturer and distributor of popular food and beverages, were significantly cheated out of their wages by the company and two staffing firms hired to provide the workers. J&J’s products include End excerpt

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