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New Onboarding Technology Cuts Down Manual TasksRead_more

It’s no secret that good onboarding practices can reduce turnover and greatly improve new hires’ time to proficiency. What many HR leaders may not be aware of, however, is how next-generation onboarding technologies can eliminate much of the manual work in the process, reduce the chance of problems or delays, and leave more time for HR and line managers to train and socialize new employees.

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Paycheck Fairness Act Would Hold Employers Accountable for Pay GapsRead_more

The Paycheck Fairness Act was reintroduced in Congress on Jan. 30. What would it mean for employers if Congress approves it?

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Workforce Skills Programs Need More Funding, Policy ReformsRead_more

Updating the Higher Education Act to reflect current labor market needs and supporting work-based skills training are two of the top priorities for workforce development policy in 2019.

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HHS Proposes Higher 2020 Out-of-Pocket Maximums for Health PlansRead_more

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed raising enrollee out-of-pocket maximums by 3.8 percent next year. The proposal would also affect employer shared responsibility assessment penalties for 2020.

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During Tax Season, Remind Modest Earners About the Saver’s CreditRead_more

At tax time, employers have an opportunity to let low- and moderate-income workers know about a special tax credit that can help them save for retirement through their employer-sponsored plan.

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Should Multinational Employers Have a Global Handbook?Read_more

Businesses based in the U.S. generally create a handbook for their employees that explains workplace policies and procedures, employee benefits, and other important information—but a handbook may not be needed for worksites abroad. Here are some factors that U.S.-based employers should consider when developing policies for international locations.

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Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace PoliciesRead_more

When it comes to employment protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workers, dealing with the hodgepodge of state and local laws and conflicting interpretations of federal law can be daunting for employees and employers alike. To ease confusion and provide clarity, businesses should consider adopting the most inclusive policies, employment law attorneys said.

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Congress Considers Nationwide Ban on Salary-History QuestionsRead_more

The proposed Paycheck Fairness Act would prohibit employers nationwide from asking job applicants about their salary history and require employers to prove that pay disparities between men and women are job-related.

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Australia: Employee Who Failed to Disclose Criminal History Unfairly DismissedRead_more

An employer who attempted to backdate a requirement that employees have a clean police record was found by the Australia Fair Work Commission to have unfairly dismissed an employee who had a criminal past.

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Saudi Arabia: Reimbursement of Foreign Worker Fee AnnouncedRead_more

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Labor and Social Development has announced that select employers will be eligible for reimbursement of or exemption from the monthly fee paid for each foreign worker under their sponsorship.

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One and Done: When to Skip Progressive DisciplineRead_more

Using progressive discipline can help employers show they treat employees fairly, and it can help them defeat discrimination and retaliation claims. But there are cases when it is better for an employee to be fired on the spot.

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Maryland Supplement: Table of ContentsRead_more

Maryland employee handbook resources provided by XpertHR.

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Minimum Wage Rates by State and MunicipalityRead_more

A chart of minimum wage rates by state and municipality.

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Workplace Romance Can Give Employers HeartburnRead_more

Valentine's Day is a good time for employers to look at their policies and make sure they are doing all they can to provide a safe environment for employees where unwanted sexual advances are prohibited.

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Recertification Q&A: Credit for Consulting; Recertifying EarlyRead_more

Can you earn recertification credit for running your own business? And what if you earn 60 recert credits before your three-year recertification cycle is over? The SHRM Certification team answers frequently asked questions in each issue of the SHRM Certification Update.

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Practice Makes Proficient: Develop Your LeadershipRead_more

The key to developing leadership, as with all HR competencies, is action and hard work. Even if opportunities are limited in your current role or company, you can take control of your development as an HR leader. Columnist Phyllis Hartman, SHRM-SCP, explains how.

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Viewpoint: Resolving Conflicts, Building Relationships (and Competencies)Read_more

In his role as a mediator and fact-finder, Matthew Burr, SHRM-SCP uses many components of the SHRM BoCK to resolve contract disputes in the public sector. They are necessary for any HR professional dealing with union or nonunion disputes.

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Help Employees Keep Their Wellness Resolutions Past JanuaryRead_more

Personal health and wellness resolutions made at the top of the year inevitably start to fade as time progresses. Workplace wellness programs drawing on seasonal themes can recharge employees' commitments.

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Using Voluntary Benefits to Support Workforce StrategyRead_more

Facing a competitive talent market, many employers are shifting voluntary benefits into a more prominent strategic role to attract and keep talent. Decision-support tools available on enrollment platforms can educate employees on how to choose appropriate benefits.

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Dutch Court Recognizes Limit on European Works CouncilsRead_more

A recent decision by the preliminary relief judge of the court in Rotterdam, Netherlands, addresses the obligations of international groups of companies to consult with their European Works Council (EWC) if planning a reorganisation in the European Union.

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