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Seven signs your star employee is looking to jump ship

Software company Mindflash recently compiled a list of seven “red flags” that can help you determine whether one of your best and brightest employees might be surfing the employment ads. Sloppy work habits: They’ve long been a star in their role, but you’ve noticed a recent trend of lapses in quality or efficiency. We’re not […]

How to: Hire from your competitors

When it comes to hiring new talent, you often are looking for the guy or gal who has not only the smarts but the experience required to thrive in the position. With that being said, it’s only natural that someone with the right kind of experience could be a former – or gasp, current – […]

In the News: Base salaries expected to rise 3% in 2015

According to two separate reports released by Hay Group and WorldatWork, US workers can expect a median base salary increase of 3 percent in 2015 across all main employee categories and most industries. The report notes that this is still below pre-recession levels and suggests that it indicates that there has been no major change […]

In the News: 10 Obamacare questions employees want answered

In a recent survey to gauge how single-employer plans are being affected by the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare or the ACA), the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans asked employers to submit the most common questions their HR and benefits staff have been receiving from employees about the law. Based on the […]

In the News: New accounting rules could impact incentive pay structure

If your business uses an incentive-based pay scale for employees, you’ll want to read on to learn about two new accounting rules that may affect such arrangements. According to Bloomberg BNA, the new rules, written by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board, affect “any entity that either enters into the […]

Survey: How do your wellness program offerings stack up?

A study performed by Virgin Pulse and Workforce magazine suggests that there is a big discrepancy between what employees want from a wellness plan, and what employers are actually providing. The study, which was based on a survey of 361 employers and 3,822 employers revealed that what employees want from wellness programs and what they […]

In the News: DOL issues revised rules for employing independent contractors

Employers love to use independent contractors, and for good reason! You get all the benefits of an employee without having to withhold taxes or offer benefits (in most cases). However, the US Department of Labor has found that too many firms are falling into the trap of misclassifying workers as ICs when they should actually […]

Law & Order: EEOC lawsuit highlights problems with fixed leave policies

Under a recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit, Princeton HealthCare System will pay $1.35M to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit stemming from a fixed leave policy and leave tracking system it had in place. According to the EEOC, Princeton’s leave tracking system only took into account the requirements of the Family Medical Leave Act […]

How to: How to make your sexual harassment prevention training more effective

Jimmy Lin, vice president of The Network, sat down with HR Morning News recently to discuss four top tips for making sexual harassment prevention training more effective No one’s exempt: Many times, company executives skip out on sexual harassment training because they’re either too busy or believe it doesn’t apply to them, but this lack […]

In the News: Social media snooping legislation spreading quickly

On August 1, New Hampshire became the 18th state in the country to bar businesses from requesting access to the personal social media accounts of present or prospective employees. Further, the National Conference of State Legislatures suggests that similar legislation has either been introduced or is pending in at least 28 states. “There have already […]