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Addressing Employer Confusion With Pregnancy Related Laws: What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting
The best way to prevent pregnancy discrimination is to understand the laws which can be implicated. Such laws include the Family and Medical Leave Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, understanding the intricacies of each of these laws can be difficult and confusing, so […]
Solid Recordkeeping Charms Court in COBRA Case
Picture this: You terminated an employee, and mailed him or her a COBRA election notice, but the notice apparently got lost in the mail. Now your ex-employee is suing you for failing to inform him or her of their COBRA continuation rights. Is there anything you can do to prove a COBRA notice was sent to them? […]
Political Conversations at Work
In the wake of a heated post-election season, we’re reminded that political conversations in the workplace are inevitable. It is important for HR and managers to work together and guide employees out of potentially tumultuous situations without sacrificing a productive, politically diverse workforce. Identify politically sensitive conversations within your organization. A political conversation can be […]
What the Employee Experience Is … and Is Not
HR departments and C-suites nationwide are abuzz with talk of the “employee experience,” often abbreviated as “EX.” It is the sum of all interactions, good or bad, that an employee has during his or her term of employment with a company. As defined by author and futurist Jacob Morgan in his new book on the […]
3 Ways to Immediately Improve Employee Engagement
For some employers, having happy employees would be nice, but it isn’t a priority.
4 Truths About the Ideal Millennial Workplace
In today’s increasingly technology-heavy workplace, the millennial workforce continues to grow and thrive. According to the Pew Research Center, the millennial labor force surpassed Generation X as the largest in the workforce in 2015. In fact, Pricewaterhouse Coopers estimates that millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. As they continue to grow […]
EEOC Cracks Down on Pregnancy Discrimination
In October 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan from 2017 to 2021, to further its commitment to focus on “activities that are likely to have an impact in advancing equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination in the workplace.” One area of focus is accommodations for pregnancy-related limitations. Although […]
New Form I-9 Released. Again.
On July 17, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, which is used to verify identity and employment authorization of workers and corresponding reference documents. Didn’t USCIS just release a new I-9? This is the second revision USCIS has made to the I-9 in less than a year; […]
Jawbs: Sharks’ Similarities to Job Titles
Just like you and me, sharks have their own set of personality traits, and these attributes have set both species apart as apex predators. In honor of one of the greatest weeks featuring our misconstrued finned friends from the sea, TV’s Shark Week, let’s discuss the parallels shared between sharks and job titles of corporate […]
Why It’s So Difficult to Fill Your Open Positions
If you feel like it’s getting more and more challenging to find qualified employees to fill your positions, you’re right. New evidence from the Deutsche Bank indicates that the length of time a vacancy lays open has increased overall since 2010. Open positions are increasingly difficult to fill due to several trends within the current […]
IRS Continues to Enforce Affordable Care Act
The IRS recently released an information letter indicating that the IRS continues to enforce the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Dated June 30, Letter 2017-0010 was sent to a member of Congress who reached out to the IRS at the request of a constituent, a tax-exempt entity concerned it may owe an employer shared responsibility payment […]
Rethink the Shark: Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back
Despite their bad rap, sharks aren’t quite the bloodthirsty animals Hollywood has made them out to be. While Jaws may have been a box-office champ, reality paints a different picture of these toothy sea creatures. Thanks to that 1975 film and other pieces of pop culture across contemporary media – including Discovery’s summer annual Shark Week programming – we […]