• Addressing alcoholism, the FMLA, and ADA in the workplace

    August 25, 2015 | HR News

    Alcoholism is at a near epidemic rate in the United States. Recent statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reveal that 16.6 million adults ages 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder, including 10.8 million men and 5.8 million women.

    It is inevitable that employees suffering from alcoholism will have performance and attendance issues, potentially implicating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related state laws. Precisely which employees are protected and what employers need to do to address alcoholism in the workplace can be complicated.

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  • Work-life challenges across generations: Millennials, parents hit hardest, says survey

    August 24, 2015 | HR News

    Knowing that Millennials and parents are under increasing pressure, EY, a company that provides professional services,conducted a survey to understand what employees seek in a job—why they quit, why they stay, and how this differs by generation.

    The study consisted of approximately 9700 adults aged 18 through 67—who are full time employees—across a variety of companies in the US, UK, India, Japan, China, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil.

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  • Accountemps survey reveals the top challenges plaguing post-college graduates

    August 20, 2015 | HR News

    College students may be heading back to school soon, but they won’t find everything they need to know for their jobs in their textbooks. In an Accountemps survey, more than half (56%) of accounting and finance professionals said they felt only somewhat prepared for their first job after graduation; another 14% indicated they were not at all prepared.

    Respondents were unready for their first professional jobs in multiple ways. Almost half (49%) of those surveyed indicated that the knowledge they gained in the classroom didn’t translate to their position. One-third (33%) said they felt ill-equipped to handle office politics.

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  • What healthcare insurance reform issues should employers be focusing on now?

    August 4, 2015 | HR News

    Since healthcare insurance reform (also known as the Affordable Care Act or the ACA) became law in 2010, employers have been busy trying to make sure they understand the law’s intricacies and how to remain in compliance with all its myriad provisions.

    New laws and regs surrounding ACAThis summer, the law survived yet another judicial challenge when the U.S. Supreme Court decided in King v. Burwell that ACA tax credits are available to individuals in states that have federal exchanges. Essentially, the ruling meant that nothing changed for employers regarding their healthcare insurance reform requirements.

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  • 2015-2016 Employee Compensation/Pay Budget Survey Slideshow

    August 4, 2015 | HR News

    How did pay rates increase in 2015? What will they be in 2016?

    BLR’s new slideshow provides an overview of the pay increases employers gave out in 2015, with results provided by industry, U.S. geographical region, employee type (e.g., senior management, nonmanagement exempt, hourly office), and performance level (e.g. exceeds expectations, needs improvement).

    Our dynamic and engaging slideshow also takes a look at the challenges employers are facing as they plan their pay budget for 2016.

    Full results of the 2015-2016 Pay Budget Survey are available here.

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  • New Jersey retaliation claim fails without protected activity

    August 4, 2015 | HR News

    Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center hired Susan Tinio in 1991 to work as a per diem registered nurse (RN) in its psychiatric unit. When her employment first began, Tinio worked full-time for about 6 months. After that, she worked per diem.

    In October 2010, Tinio’s coworker Carline Timothee filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that nurse manager Darlene Borromeo subjected her to race discrimination. St. Joseph’s conducted an internal investigation of the allegations, during which it interviewed the entire nursing staff in the psychiatric unit, including Tinio.

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  • Rhode Island unemployment: Strategies for handling misconduct

    July 27, 2015 | HR News

    By Meghan E. Siket The Supreme Court of Rhode Island interprets the state’s unemployment laws liberally in favor of their declared purpose: “to lighten the burden which now falls upon the unemployed worker and his family.” In light of that broad humanitarian purpose, it often feels like an uphill battle for employers to win misconduct End excerpt

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  • Best practice: Honda of South Carolina’s stretching, engaging, and ‘ergo coaches’

    July 27, 2015 | HR News

    The Japanese engineer Soichiro Honda founded the company that bears his name in 1948 Honda, he established respect for the individual as a basic philosophy. Honda considers the mental and physical health of associates to be one of its most important responsibilities. “No safety, no production” is the way Honda describes its approach to worker protection.

    Honda of South Carolina (HSC) associates engage in the safety process in a variety of ways. For example, they start their day with several minutes of stretches and exercises, which are customized to the ergonomics of the task demands of each department. The stretching and exercises are part of a daily preshift meeting that addresses safety and reviews the day’s work.

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  • 4th Circuit gives boost to class action discrimination claims

    July 27, 2015 | HR News

    In a 2-1 decision, the 4th Circuit—which covers Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia—recently reversed a district court’s decision that decertified a class of African-American steel workers at a plant in South Carolina owned by Nucor Corporation and Nucor Steel Berkeley.

    The 4th Circuit’s ruling is a major legal victory for workers and indicates that the traditionally conservative court may be more receptive to class action litigation than it has been in the past.

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  • The new FLSA regulations: What changed, what’s next for employers

    July 14, 2015 | HR News

    On June 30, the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division (WHD) announced its long-awaited proposal to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations and, in particular, the regulations governing the “white collar” exemption for executive, administrative, and professional employees.

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