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New Unemployment Claims Drop Under 500K for First Time During PandemicRead_more

States reported that 498,000 workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending May 1, a decrease of 92,000 from the previous week’s revised level and the lowest level of initial claims since March 2020. The total number of workers continuing to claim state unemployment benefits held at 3.6 million.

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Congress Considers 'Secure Act 2.0' with a New Round of Retirement Plan FixesRead_more

Introduced with bipartisan backing, the Securing a Strong Retirement Act, dubbed Secure Act 2.0, would require employers to automatically enroll new employees in their workplace retirement plan, among other changes.

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Mental Health Parity Compliance Returns to Forefront for Group Health Plan SponsorsRead_more

Federal agencies have released much-anticipated guidance to help group health plans comply with amendments to the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act that took effect in February.

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More Colleges Mandate COVID-19 VaccinationRead_more

The number of colleges mandating COVID-19 vaccination for the 2021-2022 academic year has soared in the past month, even as some states have attempted to prevent schools from making the requirement.

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Employer to Pay Punitive Damages for Firing Saleswoman with CancerRead_more

A California appeals court affirmed the award of $500,000 in punitive damages to the children of an employee who was fired after being diagnosed with cancer.

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Paycheck Protection Program Is Out of Cash for Most BusinessesRead_more

The Paycheck Protection Program has run out of money for most businesses, the Small Business Administration announced May 4. 

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Make Room for RoverRead_more

After more than a year of round-the-clock COVID-19-induced togetherness, workers may miss their pets and worry their animal pals will suffer separation anxiety. Here are...

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Chicago Employers Must Grant Time Off for VaccinationRead_more

The Chicago City Council recently passed an ordinance prohibiting employers from disciplining Chicago workers—including independent contractors—who take time off to...

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DOL Withdraws Independent-Contractor RuleRead_more

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is officially withdrawing the prior administration’s independent-contractor rule, which would have made it easier for businesses to...

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Canada Considers Granting Right to DisconnectRead_more

The Canadian government is considering a policy to give workers the legal right to disconnect from work. Under this new policy, employees wouldn’t be expected to respond...

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Canadian Provinces Make Paid Leave Available for VaccinationsRead_more

While Canadian leave policies for vaccination vary from province to province, Saskatchewan is the first province to offer paid leave for employees to get their...

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New SHRM Recertification Providers for May 2021Read_more

​Take the guesswork out of the recertification process for maintaining your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential. When you see the SHRM Recertification Provider seal, you know...

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SHRM Emerging Professional Champions: Libby SartainRead_more

Libby Sartain’s career history is intertwined with the progress of the HR profession itself. For more than 30 years, she has been instrumental in moving HR forward, and...

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Preparing for the Post-Pandemic Hiring RushRead_more

Intense competition for hourly workers is expected this summer as the COVID-19 crisis loosens its grip in the U.S., the economy rebounds and businesses aim to get fully...

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Rethinking Employee Benefits for Permanently Remote WorkersRead_more

Employers are rethinking their health plan networks, leave policies and other benefits to make sure their offerings reflect the needs of remote workers.

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Train Dispatcher with Attendance Issues Loses Disability Discrimination ClaimsRead_more

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed BNSF Railway Company's enforcement of its attendance policies in its firing of a train dispatcher with epilepsy.

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Colleague’s Conduct Was Not Sexual HarassmentRead_more

An employee whose co-worker repeatedly touched her over several months was not subjected to sexual harassment when the behavior was not severe or pervasive, according to...

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Will the Easing of the Pandemic Make the ‘Summer Slump’ Worse?Read_more

Productivity can decline in the summer, but managers can do something about it.

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Know Where You Want to Go Before You Start Your Job SearchRead_more

When you can go anywhere to find a new job, how do you narrow down the options? Best-selling author Martin Yate, a career coach and former HR professional, takes your...

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Prepare for Payroll Tax Hikes to Replenish Unemployment Insurance FundsRead_more

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state unemployment insurance (UI) funds were exhausted. As a result, employers' UI payroll taxes could double over the next two to...

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