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3 Supreme Court Cases Employers Should Watch this Term

Friday, September 18, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court's last term stretched into the summer months due to delays caused by the COVID-19 crisis, but the new term will start as scheduled on Oct. 5. Here's what employers and HR professionals need to know about the upcoming term.

HR Professionals Struggle over FMLA Compliance, SHRM Tells the DOL

Friday, September 18, 2020

In a comment letter to the Department of Labor (DOL), the Society for Human Resource Management highlighted the challenges and frustrations that HR professionals say they confront as they comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and recommended regulatory changes to address these issues.

Local Governments Have Cut 900K Jobs, More to Come

Friday, September 18, 2020

​The COVID-19 pandemic and related declines in revenues from taxes and fees have hit local governments hard, draining emergency funds and leading to a loss of over 900,000 jobs, according to a new analysis of federal data by the National Association of Counties (NACO).

Ask HR: Are Resumes and Cover Letters Obsolete?

Friday, September 18, 2020

With all the changes created by the global coronavirus pandemic, are employers rethinking the job application process? And if someone misses out on a job opportunity, how can he or she make sure to be considered when a new position opens up? SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, answers these questions as part of a weekly column for USA Today.

House Approves Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) in a 329-73 vote on Sept. 17. The Senate will now consider the bill, which, if passed, would require employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant workers and employees with pregnancy-related conditions.

When Top Candidates Have Another Offer

Thursday, September 17, 2020

While some recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers recommend expediting the hiring process while asking the candidate to hold off on accepting the other offer, others take a less reactive approach. All acknowledge that the situation is quite common—and becoming more so.

IRS Guidance Clarifies Employers' SECURE Act Obligations

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Long-awaited IRS guidance answers questions about how employers should implement key provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. The measure, signed into law last December, aims to expand retirement plan coverage for U.S. workers.

Company Finds Virtual Dog Show Breeds Employee Engagement

Thursday, September 17, 2020

​Artificial intelligence company Interactions is going to the dogs … in a good way. The Franklin, Mass.-based company conducted a one-hour, family friendly virtual dog show, complete with judging.

Viewpoint: How to Minimize the Risk of Retirement Plan Litigation

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Companies facing 401(k) participant lawsuits are typically accused of failing to pay adequate attention to the retirement plan, such as by failing to replace poorly performing or overly expensive investment choices, or allowing vendors to charge above-market fees. The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is relevant here.

Germany: 10 Back-to-Work Considerations

Thursday, September 17, 2020

German employers should review their current back-to-work set of rules, if any, or implement corresponding policies as soon as possible, bearing in mind 10 key points.

Webinar Recap: Preparing for SHRM Certification Your Way

Thursday, September 17, 2020

​Four recently certified SHRM professionals took unique learning paths to earn their SHRM credentials, and they described them during a recent webinar. The new credential-holders' methods of preparing for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam included self-study and different types of instructor-led courses.

My SHRM Credential Tells the World ‘Yes! I Know HR!’

Thursday, September 17, 2020

A pilot program funded by the SHRM Foundation and Onward to Opportunity for military service members and families enabled business owner Helen Flores-Ford, SHRM-CP, to earn her certification at no cost.

Categorizing Workers by Generations: Helpful or Harmful?

Thursday, September 17, 2020

A recent overview of the research on generational differences in work-related attitudes and behaviors brought together expert opinions on the quality of studies on generational attitudes and behaviors in the workforce, and to evaluate whether the concept of generations is meaningful for understanding and managing the workforce. Here are some of the main findings.

Teamwork, Persistence Help Overcome Obstacles on the Way to Certification

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Despite a few bumps in the road, Army friends study for and pass their SHRM Certification exams, helped along the way by SHRM staff, educators and the Army COOL program.

Selecting the Right SHRM Certification for You

Thursday, September 17, 2020

​After you decide to pursue HR certification with SHRM, the logical next question is "Which exam should I take?" SHRM testing staffers walk you through the decision.

UAE: Decree Introduces Parental Leave to the Private Sector

Thursday, September 17, 2020

A new federal decree has been implemented for the UAE private sector to amend the existing leave provisions of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Labor Law No. 8 of 1980 to include parental leave.

Envisioning Change in 2021

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Now that it's mid-September, many organizations are preparing for open enrollment, reviewing and approving budgets, setting recruiting strategy, planning for end-of-year performance reviews and panicking over new laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. Columnist Matthew Burr shares his thoughts on HR's evolution in the coming year.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Would Require Accommodations

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives soon will vote on requiring employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant workers and employees with pregnancy-related conditions under the proposed Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

New Unemployment Claims Hold Steady, Remain High

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

States reported that 860,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Sept. 12. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell to 12.6 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14.5 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment, although experts are now skeptical of that figure. New applications for unemployment benefits are still well above the pre-pandemic levels of about 200,000 claims per week.

Proposed Biometrics Rule Could Lead to Visa Delays

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed regulation Sept. 11 that would expand the collection of biometric data from foreign workers and their U.S. employer sponsors.