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#metoo postings about bosses merit discussions with hr

​while social media can bring about change, hr's conversations with those who share #metoo posts can, among other steps, help restore trust in and enforcement of zero-tolerance sexual harassment policies.the #metoo movement is a campaign against sexual harassment and assault that picked up steam on social media in october 2017 in response to the harassment allegations against movie executive harvey weinstein. millions have used the #metoo hashtag on twitter, facebook and instagram to acknowledge that they have experienced sexual harassment or assault, and to denounce such misconduct.hr has a choice if it notices or learns of a #metoo posting by an employee—ignore it because it doesn't constitute a formal complaint, or ask the worker...




when employees find workplace holiday parties boring, obligatory

​showing up feels obligatory. the conversations are superficial and forced. the food is so-so. the activities are hokey. the atmosphere's way too tame. only about a third of office workers describe workplace holiday parties as entertaining, while about the same amount say they're anything but,according to a new survey from staffing firm officeteam, a robert half company based in menlo park, calif. "a successful holiday party really starts with the culture of the company," said john challenger, ceo of chicago-based outplacement firm challenger, gray & christmas. "employers should pay attention to morale throughout the rest of the year. does the company regularly communicate with their workforce? do they acknowledge accomplishments of t...




herman aguinis named 2017 losey research award winner

​herman aguinis, ph.d., is the recipient of the 2017 michael r. losey excellence in human resource research award.the award, which the shrm foundation sponsors, was announced nov. 17 at the society for human resource management's (shrm's) volunteer leaders' summit in washington, d.c.the award, which comes with a $50,000 prize, recognizes lifetime achievement in human resource research and recognizes an individual for significant past and ongoing research contributions that impact the hr management field. aguinis is a professor of management at george washington university school of business, where he is an avram tucker distinguished scholar. during his 25 years in the hr field, he has produced a large body of influential scholarship. ...




2017 pinnacle winners work with students, veterans, ex-offenders

page imageimage captionrepresentatives from the shrm chapters and state councils that received 2017 pinnacle awards on nov. 17 at the shrm volunteer leaders' summit, from left to right, are: mary vogl-rauscher, shrm-scp, shrm-dodge county (wisconsin); rose marie morales, shrm-cp, shrm guam; lynn ingmire, shrm-scp, kyshrm state council (kentucky); will barfield, raleigh-wake human resource management association (north carolina); kara leigh beech, high desert hra (wyoming) kristen chang, shrm-cp, metro milwaukee shrm (wisconsin); and linda dausend, indiana state council of shrm; marilyn faulkenburg, shrm-scp, shrm-cp, southern indiana shrm; kelsie mcclendon, shrm-scp, arizona shrm state council; christine m. johnson, shrm-cp, heart of ...




accessibility for ontarians with disabilities act compliance report due dec. 31

​every three years ontario businesses and nonprofits with 20 or more employees need to complete and file a report with the ontario government confirming their compliance with the accessibility for ontarians with disabilities act, 2005 (aoda).with a deadline of dec. 31, 2017, looming, employers should take some time to evaluate whether or not their organizations are compliant with the aoda's various requirements. while the opportune time to ensure compliance was as the standards came into force, the next best time would be right now.since the last compliance report deadline on dec. 31, 2014, there have been a number of requirements that have come into force for large organizations (those with 50 or more employees in ontario) and small orga...




senate tax bill altered to kill the aca's individual mandate

​senate republicans made major revisions to their proposal for tax reform, originally released on nov. 9, when the bill was revised by the senate finance committee during the week of nov. 13.the house passed its version of tax reform by a vote of 227-205, with no democratic support, on nov. 16. the senate is expected to vote on its bill the week after thanksgiving. if the measure passes the senate, both chambers would work to reconcile the differences between their bills.unlike the house version, the senate bill, as amended, would effectively repeal the affordable care act's (aca's) individual mandate, which requires most americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty tax."technically, it would reduce the individual mandate pen...




herman aguinis named 2017 losey research award winner

​herman aguinis, ph.d., is the recipient of the 2017 michael r. losey excellence in human resource research award.the award, which the shrm foundation sponsors, was announced nov. 17 at the society for human resource management's (shrm's) volunteer leaders' summit in washington, d.c.the award, which comes with a $50,000 prize, recognizes lifetime achievement in human resource research and recognizes an individual for significant past and ongoing research contributions that impact the hr management field. aguinis is a professor of management at george washington university school of business, where he is an avram tucker distinguished scholar. during his 25 years in the hr field, he has produced a large body of influential scholarship. ...




uber drivers are ‘workers’ but deliveroo cyclists are not

​the u.k. central arbitration committee (cac) has found that deliveroo cyclists are not "workers" as there was a genuine substitution right that could be used both before and after a bicycle rider accepted a particular job, meaning the riders did not undertake to personally do any work or services for another party.but last week the u.k. employment appeal tribunal (eat) upheld the tribunal's finding that uber drivers were workers—see "uber's 'worker status' appeal rejected"—and earlier this year riders for city sprint and excel were also found by employment tribunals to be workers. so why the difference?a 'cunning plan' gone wrongworker status for those working in today's gig economy has been in the spotlight with a number of ...




jeff owens receives 2017 meisinger fellowship

​jeff d. owens, shrm-cp, of tulsa, okla., is the 2017 recipient of the susan r. meisinger fellowship for graduate study in hr. the award, which provides funding for first-time master's degree students in human resources, is named in honor of meisinger, who served as shrm's president and ceo from march 2002 until her retirement in july 2008.established in 2009, the fellowship was created to help develop the next generation of hr leaders. one winner is named annually to receive a fellowship of up to $10,000. each fellowship is renewable for one additional year for a total of two years of graduate study and up to $20,000 total. the shrm foundation made the announcement nov. 17 at the society for human resource management (shrm) volunteer l...




readers react to article on generation z at work

​when shrm online reported on a new survey that found managers are wary about generation z, people across social media spoke out.members of generation z—generally, people born between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s—are just beginning to enter the workforce. older co-workers are unimpressed with them, says a new poll from apprise mobile, a mobile employee communications tool."to the extent millennials are associated with 'entitlement,' there probably is a level of fear that gen z will turn out worse," said apprise mobile's founder and ceo, jeff corbin. "the farther away in age, the greater the likelihood that [current managers] believe that they won't be able to relate to [gen z]."more than a third (36 percent) of managers said ...




senate tax bill altered to kill the aca's individual mandate

​senate republicans made major revisions to their proposal for tax reform, originally released on nov. 9, when the bill was revised by the senate finance committee during the week of nov. 13. the house passed its version of tax reform largely along party lines on nov. 16. the senate is expected to vote on its bill the week after thanksgiving. if the measure passes the senate, both chambers would work to reconcile the differences between their bills.unlike the house version, the senate bill, as amended, would effectively repeal the affordable care act's (aca's) individual mandate, which requires most americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty tax.under current law, unless exempt, people must obtain health insurance or ...




diversity is under fire in charged political climate

​a ban on transgender individuals serving in the u.s. military. legislation that would favor english-speaking immigrants who are financially stable. an executive order that would impose a travel ban on people from certain countries from entering the u.s. a review by the u.s. department of justice of the affirmative action policies of colleges that are "deemed to discriminate against white applicants."actions such as these by the current presidential administration signal a new political era where employees feel emboldened to express exclusionary views about different demographic groups, leading to escalating tensions in the workplace and diversity dilemmas in organizations, said cindy-ann thomas. she is a principal at littler in charlot...




businesses in crisis need hr's leadership, jackson says

​hr's leadership is "sorely needed" in today's political climate when "every day seems to bring a new challenge, a new crisis, a new headline," said henry g. "hank" jackson, cpa, president and ceo of the society for human resource management (shrm), in an address to the global organization's volunteer leaders nov. 16."and every single one of [these issues] finds their way into the workplace, which means they fall squarely on our desk with major implications for how we move our organizations and our society forward." for hr, he said,"immigration, diversity and inclusion, the ongoing conversation about harassment now, and other hot issues are on our daily agenda. and we are being called to managechallenges and changesthat even top l...




court won’t enforce arbitration agreement barring employee contact

an arbitration agreement that prohibited an employee with a claim against the company from questioning other workers about the claim was unfair, and the trial court was correct in refusing to enforce it, the california court of appeal ruled.the court also found that several other provisions of the agreement were unfair to employees. [shrm members-only hr q&a: what are the california rules regarding mandatory arbitration agreements?]maya baxter began working for assetmark investment services in february 2001. genworth north america corp. acquired assetmark in august 2006. as a condition of her continued employment, genworth required baxter to sign an agreement to arbitrate any disputes arising out of her employment, according to guidelines se...




senate tax bill altered to kill the aca's individual mandate

​senate republicans made major revisions to their proposal for tax reform, originally released on nov. 9, when the bill was revised by the senate finance committee during the week of nov. 13.the full house passed its version of tax reform along party lines on nov. 16. the senate is expected to vote on its bill the week after thanksgiving. if the measure passes the senate, both chambers would work to reconcile the differences between their bills.unlike the house version, the senate bill, as altered, would effectively repeal the affordable care act's (aca's) individual mandate, which requires most americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty tax.under current law, unless exempt, people must obtain health insurance or p...




designing and implementing an effective onboarding strategy

page content​onboarding is getting a much-needed makeover.traditionally, onboarding has been treated as a single event rather than a process: new hires are passive participants in a one- or two-day orientation. they receive information about policies and procedures, sign lots of paperwork, and are perhaps given a tour. current changes in the workplace and the workforce require forward-thinking organizations to reassess how they assimilate new employees into the company culture and get them up to speed so they can be productive as quickly as possible.  "effective onboarding of new team members is one of the most important contributions an hr professional or hiring manager can make to the long-term success of the organization," said georg...




no notice but no harm, no foul

​in a recent decision, the ontario superior court of justice divisional court refused to grant damages to a terminated employee for an employer's failure to comply with legislative requirements regarding providing notice of overtime averaging when the employee already was aware of the requirements.overtime is normally calculated on a weekly basis. overtime averaging allows employers to average hours of work over two or more weeks for purposes of calculating entitlement to overtime pay. in ontario, for example, most employees must receive overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 44 in a workweek. in some circumstances, employers may average hours of work over a period of up to four weeks for purposes of calculating entitlement to overti...




7 steps to help teams achieve big things

even when teams have the ingredients they need to succeed, such as talent and a great plan, they're often missing a method for creating the thoughts and actions required to execute the plan. in do big things: the simple steps teams can take to mobilize hearts and minds and make an epic impact (wiley, 2017), my co-authors, angela v. paccione and victoria l. roberts, and i present a seven-step process to help your teams meet their objectives without negatively affecting employees' quality of life. step 1: commit to the human imperative. teams that do big things identify upfront what their members need to be thinking, feeling and doing to deliver on their business goals. most important, they understand that they must care as much about each ot...




no notice but no harm, no foul

​in a recent decision, the ontario superior court of justice divisional court refused to grant damages to a terminated employee for an employer's failure to comply with legislative requirements regarding providing notice of overtime averaging when the employee already was aware of the mandates.overtime is normally calculated on a weekly basis. overtime averaging allows employers to average hours of work over two or more weeks for purposes of calculating entitlement to overtime pay. in ontario, for example, most employees must receive overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 44 in a workweek. in some circumstances, employers may average hours of work over a period of up to four weeks for purposes of calculating entitlement to overtime p...




acosta testifies about overtime rule and other workplace issues

the u.s. department of labor (dol) is working hard to increase employment opportunities for americans and ensure safe, healthy and fair workplaces, said secretary of labor alexander acosta at a house of representatives committee hearing.the dol is on the front line of the issues facing the national economy, employment growth and retirement security, noted education and the workforce committee chair rep. virginia foxx, r-n.c. whether discussing health care worker protections, retirement planning, workforce development, or employee wages and benefits, it is the committee's responsibility to ensure related policies are in the best interest of workers, employers and taxpayers, she added.acosta discussed a number of those issues at the nov.15 he...