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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
HRSBT recently reported on the predicted costs this year’s eclipse had on employers’ bottom line—roughly $694 million—and if you missed the path of totality during this year’s eclipse, fear not, the next one should be making its way into the United States on April 8, 2024.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]