Compensation & Benefits

10 Business and Recruiting Reasons for Requesting Salary Information

The practice of firms either requesting or requiring applicants to provide their salary history is coming under tremendous pressure as part of the overall push for pay equity for women. As a result, there are many new and proposed laws about the salary history request, including outright bans. In my view, almost everyone who…

Healthcare Greatest Hits: Our Growing Voice in the Sourcing Community

When I first started writing about sourcing in healthcare, my goal was to write a total of three articles. Over the last few years, I’ve come to realize there is a lot more to say about this topic. In fact, the healthcare industry has become very interested in sourcing, especially with recent pullbacks…

Some Firms Use the Practice of Requesting Salary History — Why Firms Ask for It and How They Use It

The practice of firms either requesting or requiring applicants to provide their “salary history” is coming under tremendous pressure as part of the overall push for pay equity for women. And as a result, there are many new and proposed laws about the salary history request. In my view, almost everyone that has written…

What SMBs Can do to Keep Employee Records Safe

My company provides cloud storage for secure file management in small and medium-sized businesses. Since employee involvement is key in data protection, we wanted to help business professionals to understand the level of confidentiality of the information contained in standard office documents. With that goal, we created a self-assessment tool with data protection tips. More than 500 professionals…

Congress Weighing Comp Time In Lieu of OT

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, when a non-exempt employee works more than 40 hours in a workweek, that employee gets paid overtime at time-and-a-half the regular rate of pay. Under the FLSA, a private-sector employer cannot provide that employee with comp time in lieu of overtime — even if the employee agrees….

Is It Balance or Work/Life Integration?

Unlimited vacation. Free gym memberships. Nap pods. Such “perks” are increasingly commonplace — viewed as a smart engagement tool and a key strategy in driving workplace culture. But when it comes to improving work-life balance and helping employees feel rested and productive, is a nap pod really the answer? Perhaps not, according to…

4 Steps HR Can Take to Protect Employee Medical Records

In April 2014, as electronic medical records became standard, the FBI issued a “private industry notification” warning health care organizations of an increased number of cyber intrusions targeting medical records due to, among other things, the higher payout for these records on the black market. Three years on, this prediction sadly appears to…

What Do You Do If Your Employee Gets Sick Abroad?

In 2016, U.S. residents logged 457.4 million person‑trips for business purposes. Life on the road can give employees an opportunity to see new places and immerse themselves in a new culture, but it also can sometimes put them at a higher risk for contracting illness. Health risks are of particular concern for business…

A Look at New York City’s New Law Prohibiting Employers From Inquiring About the Salary History of Applicants

In its latest effort to close the “gender gap” on wages, the New York City Council has enacted legislation (effective in 180 days) prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s “salary history.” As the new law forbids inquiry into the “salary history” of any applicant (with very limited exceptions), it is not…

Flexibility Is More Important to Employees Than Almost Anything

With so much of our lives spent working, progressive organizations try to make the time there more comfortable. Happy employees are more productive, creative and stay in their jobs longer. In this candidate driven job market, employers have to find ways to enhance their job offerings to be competitive for new hires. One …

Communication Failure May Be Keeping Workers From Wellness Programs

A new study hopes to settle the debate regarding workplace health promotion and whether or not it’s good for employers to get involved with employees’ wellness. Turns out, good or bad, there’s a communication breakdown. Around two-thirds of workers surveyed are happy to have their employer get involved in their health, but less than half…

Training Managers to Talk about Pay is a Blind Spot

One of the most frustrating statements for employees to hear from their managers is this: “HR wouldn’t let me do it and I don’t really know why.” And unfortunately, when it comes to pay, many managers either aren’t accountable or don’t understand how pay was determined. Managers are generally faced with playing a…

When Everyone is ‘Above Average’ No One Is

Note: This is the last of three articles dealing with managing performance and compensation in the post-ratings organization. Monday’s article discussed the broad issues raised when ratings are eliminated. Tuesday’s article presented the case for ratings. ———— Perhaps you have heard the following sentence described in a conversation about performance management, ratings, and…

You Are Rating Employees Even When You Say You’re Not

Note: This is the second of three articles dealing with managing performance and compensation in the post-ratings organization. Monday’s article discussed the broad issues raised when ratings are eliminated. Wednesday, the final article discusses ratings distribution. ———— Often, when bonuses or long-term incentives are distributed, complaints about “budget bottlenecks” can be observed. In…

What You Can Do to Help New Parents

New mothers and fathers everywhere wrestle with the issue of juggling a career and family. Traditionally, it’s an issue that has most impacted mothers. Some want to stay home, but have to work to supplement the household income. Others want to work, yet worry over trusting someone else to care for their child….