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Changing Expectations on Sexual Harassment Policies and Training

Thursday, July 25, 2019

SHRM-certified HR professionals in the era of the #MeToo movement have the responsibility and obligation to design policies and educate our workforces on sexual harassment, retaliation, bullying and hostile work environments.

Become a SHRM Certification Ambassador!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Join the SHRM Certification Ambassador Program!

Recertification Q&A: Carrying Over Credits

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Answers to frequently asked questions about maintaining your SHRM credential.

Walmart Revolutionizes Its Training with Virtual Reality

Monday, July 22, 2019

A quiet virtual reality revolution is occurring at Walmart. Since 2017, when the company began using virtual reality headsets in its training centers—called “Walmart Academies”—Walmart has used the technology to improve the employee experience, better assess workers’ skills and present new ways of training staff.

Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam

Monday, July 22, 2019

Ace Your SHRM Certification Exam: A Guide to Success on the SHRM-CP® and SHRM-SCP® Exams, is a new guidebook to help you understand and prepare for the tests.

IRS Allows Health Plans to Cover More Treatments Before Deductible Is Met

Monday, July 22, 2019

The IRS added treatments for a range of chronic conditions to the list of preventive-care benefits for which a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) can pay—even if a plan enrollee's health care spending hasn't surpassed the plan deductible—without running afoul of the rules allowing pretax contributions to health savings accounts (HSAs). The change is expected to make HDHP/HSA plans more attractive.

Judge Dismisses Challenge to Rule Expanding Short-Term Health Plans

Monday, July 22, 2019

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., struck down a lawsuit challenging a 2018 Trump administration rule that expanded the scope of short-term, limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans sold on the individual health insurance market. STLDI plans, which need not comply with all of the Affordable Care Act's coverage requirements, can be a lower-cost alternative to COBRA for some employees. Premiums for STLDI plans can be paid by employers through excepted-benefit health reimbursement arrangements.

Workers Sue Yale University Over Workplace Wellness Penalties

Monday, July 22, 2019

A class action lawsuit on behalf of Yale University's workers alleges that the university's employee wellness program uses financial incentives that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

2020 Leap Year Highlights Extra Pay Period Challenge

Monday, July 22, 2019

Leap years, such as 2020, can be a headache for HR and payroll professionals—resulting in an extra payday in the calendar year, depending on when and how employees are paid. The problem of an extra pay period, however, isn't exclusive to leap years.

The Extramarital Affair at Work

Monday, July 22, 2019

Gossiping. Backstabbing. Falling morale. Fading respect for leaders. What workplace event could cause all these things? An extramarital affair. Romances between co-workers, and extramarital affairs especially, tend to raise eyebrows. So how is a manager or HR director supposed to deal with it?

DOL Secretary, 'Cadillac Tax,' $15 Minimum Wage Highlight Busy Week

Friday, July 19, 2019

Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's resignation July 12 preceded a busy week for the federal government, including House bills repealing the so-called "Cadillac tax" and pushing a $15 minimum wage by 2025.

A Q&A with Lee Jourdan, Chief Diversity Officer at Chevron

Friday, July 19, 2019

SHRM Online spoke with Leland T. "Lee" Jourdan—the company's chief diversity officer for Global Diversity and Ombuds Center of Expertise at Chevron since 2018—about the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives. He has been in the energy industry since 1983 and at Chevron for 16 years.

Putting Humanity into HR Compliance: Change the Tone of At-Will Employment?

Friday, July 19, 2019

Because employers typically set the transactional tone at the start of the employment relationship, they shouldn’t be surprised by what they consider a lack of employee commitment or perseverance. After all, one of the first things a new employee is asked to do is acknowledge that she has no contractual rights.

Viewpoint: 3 Questions to Ask Wellness Program Providers

Friday, July 19, 2019

A growing number of wellness program vendors are making sweeping claims about their offerings. To help sort fact from fiction, here are three questions to ask program providers.

Many Grads Have Regrets About College

Friday, July 19, 2019

The jarring costs of a college degree, the years of commitment and the repercussions that academic choices can have on earnings potential leave many regretting their educational choices.

NLRB Clears Path for Employers to Withdraw Union Recognition

Friday, July 19, 2019

​The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made it easier for employers to stop bargaining for future labor contracts when they have evidence that a union no longer has workers' support.

Trump Picks Eugene Scalia to Fill Secretary of Labor Role

Friday, July 19, 2019

​President Donald Trump announced July 18 that he intends to nominate Eugene Scalia, son of the late U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, to be the next secretary of labor.

UK: Gender Equality Roadmap Published

Friday, July 19, 2019

The United Kingdom (U.K.) Government Equalities Office has published a gender equality roadmap, which sets out proposed actions to tackle persistent inequities. This includes a number of potential changes to employment law.

Germany: EU Restructuring Directive will Strengthen Workers' Rights

Friday, July 19, 2019

The planned European Union Restructuring Directive will enable companies that need to restructure to take measures at a very early stage and possibly avert insolvency. In Germany, concrete proposals can be expected soon and will affect the rights of employees and their representatives.

Leave Laws by State and Municipality

Thursday, July 18, 2019

A chart of leave laws by state.