Month: September 2017

Supreme Court tackles case posing threat to public-sector unions

Employers—especially public-sector employers—are eagerly awaiting the outcome of a case going to the U.S. Supreme Court that may deal a blow to unions’ ability to collect dues. On September 28, the Court announced that it will hear Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Counsel 31. The case, out of Illinois, […]


Study: Employers’ Cost to Provide Employee Benefits Has Risen 24% Since 2001

U.S. employers’ cost to provide employee benefits, measured as a percentage of pay, increased 24% between 2001 and 2015, fueled largely by a doubling in healthcare benefit costs, according to a new analysis by Willis Towers Watson (WTW). The analysis, according to WTW, “reveals a major shift in how employers allocate benefit dollars and prompts […]


Education Can Help Promote a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Top companies across the country recently made a pledge to educate their employees and share best practices with each other in an effort to create diverse and inclusive workplaces. More than 150 CEOs have committed their organizations to participate in the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion initiative. Those organizations include Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, […]


Bringing on new employees? Don’t let applications, interviews trigger legal woes

Most human resources professionals and others involved in hiring know how to steer clear of the most obvious off-limits questions on job applications and in interviews. Asking about someone’s race, national origin or ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability, etc. can quickly raise red flags related to unlawful discrimination. But less obvious questions also can put […]

FMLA abuse

How Much FMLA Leave Is Too Much?

Bar none, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is the hardest employment law to administer for employers and the easiest to abuse by employees. That double whammy often results in frustrated employers making rash decisions, which, of course, lead to lawsuits. And so goes the following case, in which the employer gave the employee […]


New Research Offers 4 Trending Insights into the Millennial Workforce

According to new research, released by meQuilibrium, Millennials are rapidly becoming the dominant cohort in the workplace, and this is causing significant shifts in workplace culture. It is predicted that Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025—prompting HR professionals to rethink the way they communicate benefits, offer learning experiences, and engage the […]