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U.S. Inflation Rate Reaches 8.6% in May a 40-Year High

U.S. Inflation Rate Reaches 8.6% in May a 40-Year High

The U.S. inflation rate reached 8.6 percent in May, its highest level since December 1981, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reported on June 10, putting pressure on employers to raise wages to keep pace. An unusually tight U.S. labor market, combined with spiking gas and food prices, are to blame for creating pricing pressures

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OSHA Inches Closer to a Proposed Rule on Heat-Related Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA Inches Closer to a Proposed Rule on Heat-Related Injuries and Illnesses

On May 3, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held a public meeting to discuss its ongoing activities regarding heat-related hazards, including its Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, compliance assistance activities and enforcement efforts. What do employers need to know about this latest move by OSHA?  Why Was This Meeting Held? On Oct. 27, 2021, OSHA

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IRS Announces Spike in 2023 Limits for HSAs and High-Deductible Health Plans

IRS Announces Spike in 2023 Limits for HSAs and High-Deductible Health Plans

Health savings account (HSA) contribution limits for 2023 are going up significantly in response to the recent inflation surge, the IRS announced April 29, giving employers that sponsor high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) plenty of time to prepare for open enrollment season later this year. The annual inflation-adjusted limit on HSA contributions for self-only coverage will

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How to Resolve a Pay Dispute

How to Resolve a Pay Dispute

​Errors happen, even with payroll, but speed is of the essence in correcting them to avoid further eroding worker trust and risking litigation. The steps for correcting pay disputes will vary depending on whether the error is an overpayment or underpayment or if the disputes involve legal matters. “When it comes to pay, even small

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State Laws Limiting Noncompetes Vary Significantly

State Laws Limiting Noncompetes Vary Significantly

​Because there is no federal law prohibiting or limiting an employer’s use of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants in employment contracts, states have “grown impatient” and are starting to pass their own laws, said Kelly Dobbs Bunting, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig in Philadelphia. “There are legitimate reasons for employers to maintain restrictive covenants,

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Making collaboration work in large complex organizations

Making collaboration work in large complex organizations

To get the best possible results for your organization, collaboration is essential. Different thinking leads to better ideas and solutions. Shared experience ensures effective implementation. And no matter how high your IQ might be, you are still not bright enough to have all the answers. Yet in my experience, making collaboration happen – especially in

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How HR can stamp out racial bullying in the workplace

How HR can stamp out racial bullying in the workplace

Half of black Britons experience workplace racism, according to a recent YouGov survey. The same survey found that 56% of employees who experience racism at work say it has negatively impacted their mental health.  The time for HR to stand up and take action against racial bullying in the workplace is now. Following the murder

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The Power of Reverse Mentoring

The Power of Reverse Mentoring

​Mentoring can be an effective way to groom future leaders in companies. Pairing a more-senior employee with someone new can speed up the learning process and boost engagement. A study from Moving Ahead found that 87 percent of mentors and mentees feel empowered by their mentoring relationships and have developed greater confidence.  As the Great

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HR Plays Critical Role in Pandemic Response at Colleges and Universities

HR Plays Critical Role in Pandemic Response at Colleges and Universities

​Seth Grossman likened it to “designing a new world.” As vice president of people and external relations at American University (AU) in Washington, D.C., he has been faced with challenges he never anticipated during the coronavirus pandemic. Like other HR leaders, he has had to manage vaccination mandates, establish a remote workforce and debate mitigation

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