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USCIS Proposes Raising Immigration Filing Fees

Thursday, November 14, 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed today to increase several immigration benefit filing fees for employers and to separate the Form I-129 petition for temporary workers into different forms with different fees for each visa classification.

Learn About Social Security Contributions in Western Europe

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Social security contributions are as varied in western Europe as in the Americas and eastern Europe. This article provides guidance to employers and workers on social security contributions in western Europe.

Ontario: Without-Cause Termination Provision Upheld

Thursday, November 14, 2019

A Canadian employee’s attempt to invalidate an employment contract failed, even though one provision in the contract, the just-cause termination provision, was invalid.

Departure of McDonald’s CEO Reflects Companies’ Sensitivity in #MeToo Era

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The abrupt departure of Steve Easterbrook highlights how sensitive companies have grown about their leaders dating employees.

HR Director’s Comment About Low Performance Supports Defamation Suit

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

An HR director's statement that an employee who was being fired was a "low performer" could serve as the basis for a defamation action against the employer, a California appeals court ruled.

HHS Issues Guidelines for Oral Fluid Drug Testing

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Federal agencies, contractors and industries regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), including trucking, airline and railroad companies, will soon have an alternative to urine testing for the first time since federal drug-testing guidelines were published in 1988.

New York Issues Updated Guidance on New Anti-Discrimination Laws

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

New York significantly amended its anti-discrimination laws and recently issued updated guidance. While the guidance leaves many questions unanswered, it provides valuable information about the new requirements.

SHRM Advocates Are Shaping Workplace Policies in Washington

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

More than 400 HR professionals will descend on Capitol Hill Thursday to lead the conversation on workplace public policy with their elected officials. Here are the key proposals advocates with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) are supporting.

Recertification Q&A: Participating in Research

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Did you know you can earn recertification credits by participating in SHRM research and surveys?

The Pursuit of SHRM Certification and Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

In the relatively short time since I graduated from university and started my career as an HR professional, I have realized how quickly the world of work shifts and how a learning mindset is key to effectively adapt to changing needs. To keep up and prove my competency, I decided to pursue SHRM certification.

Practice Makes Proficient: Where to Start

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Different HR competencies are needed at different HR career stages. By looking at your current career level as well as the next level you want to attain, you can determine which proficiencies to work on.

Have a Plan for Unannounced H-1B, L-1 Audits

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

HR and global mobility professionals should be ready to respond when inspecting officers show up to review H-1B and L-1 visa programs for compliance.

Meal and Rest Break Premiums Should Be Paid at Employees’ Regular Hourly Wage

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A California appeals court held that the "regular rate of compensation" for calculating meal or rest break premiums does not mean the same thing as the "regular rate of pay" for calculating overtime premiums.

Social Security Contributions Vary in Eastern Europe

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Employers and employees make social security contributions at different rates across eastern Europe, presenting coordination challenges for multinationals.

Hostile Work Environment Claim Advances

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Workplace harassment that prompts employees to document their concerns about the alleged behavior in writing can show that the behavior in question constituted a hostile work environment, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

School Lawfully Fired Coach Over Facebook Photos

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A public high school did not violate the First Amendment when it fired a football coach following his refusal to remove photos that violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) from his Facebook account, ruled the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Company Gifts That Workers Hate

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

More than 8 in 10 U.S. employees have received a workplace gift—mostly from managers—that they didn’t want and that made them feel unappreciated. Regardless, most of them pretended to be happy with the gift.

Can the Supreme Court Overturn the Decision to End DACA?

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the Trump administration has the authority to end the Deferred Action for Childhool Arrivals program, or DACA. Children brought at a young age illegally to the U.S. have received work permits, education and protection from deportation. The Trump administration says is time for the the temporary program to end.

Save Your E-Verify Records Before They Are Deleted

Monday, November 11, 2019

As of Jan. 2, 2020, employers won’t have access to E-Verify records that were created on or before Dec. 31, 2009.

Your Career Q&A: Making a Successful Career Change

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Career change almost always demands a professional step backward. Make sure there are good odds for that strategic career move to ultimately take you two steps forward. Play to your strengths and make the most of your industry knowledge.