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Employee engagement: How to keep your top performers

Employee engagement is one of the biggest challenges in talent management. But meeting that challenge is worth it. Keep your best workers engaged and you’ll keep them working for you. In this period of low unemployment, top workers are leaving every day for new opportunities. And your competitors are doing their best to get more

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Accept the Unexpected: How HR Can Create a Crisis Management Plan

It is one thing to expect the unexpected. It is quite another to accept the unexpected. Denial is a powerful thing, and even the best of us can be convinced that our plans are comprehensive and our preparedness complete.  The key ways to overcome this sort of complacency are to link crisis management and business

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Employers Should Plan Now for New Federal Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to set a new salary threshold soon for the white-collar exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)—but employers should start planning for changes now. The DOL might not give employers more than three or four months between the announcement of the final rule


Parents May Take FMLA Leave for Special Education Meetings

Parents can take Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time off to attend special education meetings—called individualized education program (IEP) meetings—for children with serious health conditions, according to an Aug. 8 U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) opinion letter. FMLA leave likely will increase as parents learn that time off for this purpose is an option,


EEOC On Schedule to Open Component 2 Reporting July 15, 2019

By Laura A. Mitchell on June 17, 2019  In its most recent status update, filed with the court as ordered by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, EEOC is reporting it and NORC are on schedule to open the EEO-1 Component 2 pay data reporting tool on July 15, 2019. The status report explained that a Computer-assisted Web


Employers Must Report 2017 and 2018 EEO-1 Pay Data

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that employers must report pay data, broken down by race, sex and ethnicity, from 2017 and 2018 payrolls. The pay data reports are due Sept. 30.  Employers had been waiting to learn what pay data they would need to file—if any at all—as litigation on the matter


LGBT Bias Hurts U.S. Economic Growth, Fed President Says

The unemployment rate for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is nearly double the national average, according to the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That bias, John Williams said, is holding back the economic growth of the U.S. The Fed is making its own workplace and policies

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Advocates Push House to Vote on $15 Minimum Wage This Summer

The U.S. House of Representatives, where Democrats hold sway, may vote as early as August on a measure that would more than double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Although prospects for the increase becoming law are doubtful given Republican control of the Senate, a House victory and a Senate punt could galvanize “Fight for


Employee Can Proceed with Bias Lawsuit Despite Failure to File EEOC Charge

An employer waited too long after an employee filed a discrimination lawsuit to point out that the worker failed to properly file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before suing in court. Therefore, the employer forfeited its argument that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the employee failed to exhaust administrative remedies,


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