Category: HR Management & Compliance

There are dozens of details to take care of in the day-to-day operation of your department and your company. We give you case studies, news updates, best practices and training tips that keep your organization fully in compliance with ever-changing employment law, and you fully aware of emerging HR trends.

Amazon

Union Defeat at Amazon Sparks the Question: What’s Next?

The votes have been counted in the Amazon union election in Bessemer, Alabama, but the vote tally doesn’t mean the matter is absolutely settled. Almost immediately after the union defeat was announced on April 9, the union said it would take the fight to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

How American Rescue Plan Act Affects Employers

President Joe Biden recently signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The measure was passed on party-line votes in the Senate (50-49) and the House, where only one Democrat crossed over to oppose it. The final bill differs from an earlier House-passed version. Some provisions were eliminated for procedural reasons while others were […]

Top HR Concerns of American HR Executives

Human resources is an ever-changing field where new challenges emerge time and again. The shift in work patterns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and focus on racial and social justice in broader society are just two recent examples. According to the HR Policy Association’s Annual Membership Survey, which saw a one-third response rate, there are […]

Terminated

Mutual Mistake Helps Ex-Employee’s Bias, Retaliation Claims Avoid Dismissal

If a terminated employee signs a contract releasing all claims against you, she can’t sue you, right? Wrong. A new Missouri Court of Appeals decision illustrates the effect a mutual mistake by the parties can have on the enforceability of the release. Read on to learn how Missouri courts analyze the issue. Facts From 2001 […]

Looking Back to Move Forward: Team Transformation Predictions for 2021

As the country reaches the 1-year mark since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is remarkable how much has changed within the past year. Nearly all facets of life have been altered by the coronavirus crisis, including how business leaders and teams operate. Organizations have adopted new strategies to meet objectives, stay afloat, and […]

Productivity

Yes, It’s Time to Conduct (Another) Pay Equity Self-Audit

Many Massachusetts employers conducted pay equity self-audits in 2018, just before or soon after the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) went into effect. Although it probably seems like it was only yesterday, July 1, 2021, will mark the third anniversary of the MEPA’s implementation. If your organization conducted a self-evaluation in 2018, you need to […]

THC

Rethinking Preemployment Drug Screenings

A job in the White House is a dream come true for many young Americans interested in a career in politics or simply interested in the networking and educational benefits such a position can offer. But for at least five White House staffers, that dream had a rude and an unexpected awakening.

wellness

It’s a New Day for Employee Well-Being Options

Perceptions of personal and community health and well-being have shifted dramatically since World Health Day 2020. For one thing, people are more aware of their personal health and the impact their decisions have on the broader community. And the options available for addressing health needs have transformed, possibly permanently.

Doing Well-Being Well: A New Model for Corporate Well-Being

With the lines blurred between work and home and the pandemic crisis affecting people around the world, 2020 has emphasized the critical need for effective well-being programs in the workplace. The coronavirus pandemic, physical isolation, and uncertain economy have all contributed to declining mental well-being for thousands of working adults.