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Monthly Archive: May 2017

HR News: NYC Bans Employers from Requesting Salary History

As of May 2017, a new bill has been signed into law making it illegal for employers to ask applicants about their salary history. This new bill will take effect on October 31, 2017. Read Abel HR’s memo from President, Jim Bell …

Five Ways You Can Recognize Mental Health Month

Since 1949, May has been designated mental health awareness month. The goal of this awareness effort is to shed light on the issue – which affects approximately one in five people in their lifetime – and reduce the stigma associated with mental …

Court Rules That it IS Legal to Pay a Woman Less Than a Man

A federal appeals court recently ruled that employers can legally pay women less than men for the same work based on differences in previous salaries. Previously, a number of court cases have ruled that putting too much emphasis on past salaries marks …

IRS releases 2018 guidelines for HSA limits

Although we live in somewhat uncertain times when it comes to the administration of health care, the IRS is charging full steam ahead! In fact, it’s already released its 2018 Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution limits and High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) …

McDonalds Uses Snapchat to Attract Younger Employees

In an effort to attract younger employees, McDonald’s Australia has started to allow candidates to apply for open positions via the online social media platform Snapchat (yep, the one that can turn you into a licking dog or a baby fawn!) According …

Clothing Retailer Sued for Banning Workers from Speaking Spanish at Work

Clothing retailer Forever 21 has found itself in legal hot water after it banned three workers in one of its San Francisco outposts from speaking Spanish while at work. Further, when the employees pushed back against the ban, the clothing chain is …

Steps Companies Can Take to Help With Child Care

Ask any working parent and they’ll tell you that one of their biggest financial stressors is that of finding, securing and paying for child care. According to the 2016 Care Index – which was pulled together by the New America Foundation and …

EEOC Issues New Guidance To Prevent Workplace Harassment

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a third of the nearly 100,000 charges it receives annually now include a harassment allegation. Recently, the commission issued a 95-page report assembled by a task force to find the best ways to prevent harassment in the …

Why You Shouldn’t Encourage Happiness at Work

A new study suggests that encouraging staff to be happy at work can actually backfire and produce negative results. In fact, research suggests that being able to express a range of positive and negative emotions is far more beneficial for the whole …

Why Don’t We Ask for Help At Work?

A new study suggests that there are a myriad of factors why people are unwilling to ask for help at work, but two of the leading concerns are that the help will be provided unwillingly or that it won’t ultimately prove useful. …
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