Tag: BLR

401k

IRS: Missed 401(K) Loan Repayments Can Be Made Up Without Being Taxed

An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Chief Counsel Advice memo issued to assist counsel in one of the agency’s regional offices provides two ways missed 401(k) loan payments can be handled without taxing the participant in plans permitting a cure period for such skipped payments. The guidance—while neither a precedent or legally binding—may be beneficial for […]

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Pastafarian

Rastafarian, Pastafarian: No Matter What You Call It, It Could Be Religious Discrimination

Recently the southern grocery chain, Publix, came under fire for withdrawing a job offer after the worker refused to cut off his dreadlocks. The worker cited his Rastafarian religion as the reason why he refused to cut his hair. This isn’t the first—and most certainly won’t be the last—time employers are met with nontraditional forms […]

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pagan ritual

Forced Pagan Ritual Ends in Discrimination Lawsuit for Virginia Employer

With a shortage of Catholic priests—and younger priests not looking at the task too favorably—there aren’t too many people left who will perform an exorcism. Whether you believe in demon possession or not, one thing is certain: The task is definitely not something for HR professionals! A recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court […]

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Job

This Job Stinks, but Our Employees Love It!

Kudos to all the garbagemen and -women, sewer workers, plumbers, and every other job that we, as a society, take for granted—while some people refuse to do these jobs, someone’s got to do it! But the bigger question to ask is, Are these workers even happy doing the jobs no one else will do?

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yoga

Watch Out Employers! ‘Cute’ Could Be Seen as a Protected Class

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, but could being “cute” get added to this list? A recent decision from the New York appellate court has left […]

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Hurricane

Poor Judgment Call Leaves Bad Taste in Employees’ Mouths

The southern part of the United States has been through the ringer these past few weeks, with Hurricane Harvey attacking Houston, Texas, in late August and Hurricane Irma pummeling the Florida coastline in early September. Many residents in both areas were forced to evacuate their homes and businesses in order to stay safe. Now that […]

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engaged employees

Want True ‘Employee’ Engagement? Engage the Whole Person (Part 2)

In his new book I-Engage, Your Personal Engagement Roadmap, best-selling author Bob Kelleher argues that in order for employers’ engagement efforts to be successful, they must seek to engage not just the “employee,” but the “whole” person.  In Part 1 of our interview with Kelleher, he explains why this is the missing element of traditional  […]

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picking talent

Pick Me! Pick Me! I Stand Out Above the Rest

As an HR professional, you probably encounter hundreds of résumés at any given time—and let’s face it, sometimes it’s a mundane chore to sift through the candidates trying to find the perfect fit. You’ve probably encountered résumés filled with typos and some that seem to stretch the truth a little too far, but once you’ve […]

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Want True ‘Employee’ Engagement? Engage the Whole Person

Despite substantial investments made by companies over the past decade or so to address employee engagement, overall levels of engagement are disappointingly low, explains Bob Kelleher, a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and consultant who travels the globe sharing his insights on employee engagement, leadership, and workforce trends.  For example, he notes that a 2016 Gallup […]

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