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Trump administration discontinues ACA’s CSR payments

Human Resources News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:41

On October 12, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Acting Secretary Eric Hargan and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma released a statement announcing that cost-sharing reductions (CSR) payments were to be immediately discontinued based on a legal opinion from the attorney general. In part, the statement noted...

Think before you joke, so you do not litigate funny

EntertainHR - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:17

Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, decreases pain, and can even prevent heart disease. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In addition to the value of humor in our personal lives, we cannot underestimate the power of humor at work. Humor aides in learning and memory retention, increases...

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13 characteristics of a great teammate

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:19

by Dan Oswald We all have worked side by side with people we have enjoyed and respected—the type of teammates who make work fun. And we all have worked with people whom, well, we didn’t enjoy or respect—the type of teammates who suck all the joy out of work for everyone around them. So, there’s obviously people who make better teammates...

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Rooting out bullying a necessary step in promoting diversity

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:05

Employers looking to advance diversity in the workplace often focus on recruiting diverse groups of potential employees, but recruiting is just one part of the process. Those recruiting efforts won’t be effective if management is blind to a culture that condones workplace bullying.  October is a time when attention turns to bullying in a...

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Office politics: preventing disruptive discourse

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:04

by David L. Johnson Recently, a Pennsylvania YMCA stopped showing cable news shows on the TVs in its gym because they were prompting political squabbles among its members. When filtered into the diverse workplace, passionate opposing political viewpoints can harm productivity and morale and even create liability issues for employers. Sometimes...

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5 tips for accommodating depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:03

by Mark Wiletsky An estimated 16.1 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2015, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). That number represents 6.7 percent of all American adults who are 18 or older. Seven or eight out of every 100 people will have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...

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How non-Hispanic supervisors can lead Hispanic employees

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:02

by Jim Davis Between potential language barriers, cultural differences, and a political and social landscape rife with discrimination, it’s important that any employee be able to navigate whatever challenges may arise while leading a diverse workforce. Glenn Llopis, a best-selling author, columnist, and senior advisor to Fortune 500 seeks to show...

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Employers, beware: Facility issues may result in violations of Title VII

Diversity Insight - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 06:00

by Jacob M. Monty Many employers are aware of the serious problems that can arise if workers and supervisors engage in racially or sexually motivated taunts and speech. However, few employers realize that they may need to worry about the design and condition of their facilities. The facilities of a now-closed Sara Lee factory in Paris reportedly...

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Labor looks for love

HR Hero Line - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:00

by Richard I. Lehr —“I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places, lookin’ for love in too many faces, searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreamin’ of.” The song “Looking for Love,” written by Wanda Mallette, aptly describes the circumstances of organized...

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Employee collects unemployment despite offensive Facebook post

Technology for HR - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:16

by Timothy K. Baldwin and Matthew D. Strauss In a recent case, Beagan v. R.I. Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held that an employee who was terminated for posting derogatory Facebook comments about his supervisor was eligible for unemployment benefits. The court’s ruling is a cautionary tale that employers...

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New Executive Order seeks to expand health insurance options

Human Resources News - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:21

After several failed legislative attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Donald Trump is now taking matters into his own hands. On October 12, Trump signed a new Executive Order (EO) designed to “expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and increase competition to bring down costs for consumers,”...

Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

EntertainHR - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:12

Over the last week, the fallout from a New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein has been swift and significant. On October 5, the Times published an explosive story about Hollywood producer and media mogul Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment spanning decades. More and more women have been coming forward since the story broke to...

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New law bans New York City employers from asking for salary history

Human Resources News - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:46

by Charles H. Kaplan and Theresa M. Levine Employers in New York City will be prohibited from asking applicants about their previous salary when an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) goes into effect on October 31. The amendment prohibits employers from asking about applicants’ wages, salaries, benefits, and other...

Make sure employees know what to do if ICE raids your workplace

HR Hero Line - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 06:00

by Lori Chesser You employ a large number of seasonal workers, many with temporary work visas, at several different sites. You also have a main office. You would like to train your frontline employees on what to do if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows up with a warrant for an immigration raid. What should you tell your...

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New guidance shifts federal policy on religious liberty in employment

Human Resources News - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:55

New guidance from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on religious liberty in employment “signals a shift in federal employment law and policy,” according to an attorney who focuses on employment law. Sessions issued the new guidance to all administrative agencies and executive departments on October 6. It identifies 20 principles that...

Workers’ compensation law aiming to reduce appeal time is constitutional

Employer Law Report - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 08:18

By Rebecca Kopp Levine The Ohio Supreme Court has definitively decided that an employee cannot unilaterally dismiss an employer-initiated appeal in a workers’ compensation case; rather, the employer must consent to the dismissal. After a workers’ compensation claim proceeds administratively before the Industrial Commission, any party may...

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Trump administration expands exemptions to ACA contraceptive mandate

Human Resources News - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:29

On October 6, the Trump administration released two interim final rules that will vastly expand the availability of exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) rules requiring employer coverage of contraceptives. The ACA requires employers and insurers that offer group health plans to employees to cover certain approved contraceptive...

The OFCCP strikes, puts State Street’s pay inequity problem out on Front Street

Employer Law Report - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 09:44

By Adam Bennett Well known asset management company State Street Corporation will pay $5 million to settle allegations of pay inequity raised by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in an audit. OFFCP alleged that the company paid female executives less than men and black executives less than whites at its Boston...

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Leaders must do what’s best for the greater good

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 09:33

by Dan Oswald The Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor caught the U.S. military completely off guard. Months after the bombing in Hawaii, the U.S. military was still reeling and on its heels. American citizens were shocked by their country’s vulnerability as the Japanese brought the fight to them. Confidence in the U.S. military’s ability...

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Sessions memo changes DOJ position on transgender discrimination

Human Resources News - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:26

by Tammy Binford U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement changing his department’s position on transgender employment discrimination marks a change in the legal landscape, but it doesn’t alter employer obligations under various state and local laws or the position taken by other federal agencies. In an October 4 memo to U.S....

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