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5 Steps to a Safer Workplace and Lower Premiums

In the workplace, accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. It doesn’t matter if employees sit at their cubicles all day and don’t use heavy equipment: In every single work environment, there is a risk of on-the-job injury or illness. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, there were about…

What to Consider When You Self-Fund Your Health Plan

When deciding to use a TPA (third-party administrator) to administer your self-funded healthcare plan, the first consideration is often what your healthcare provider network will look like. TPAs can help companies save more money and provide greater flexibility, but what about the provider’s quality of care? A close look shows that TPAs, with…

Your Guide to the More Popular Pre-Hire Assessments

Personality tests are a growing industry. Though recruiters have differing opinions on personality tests as an indicator of  fit, according to a 2011 report, the use of personality assessments was then increasing by as much as 20% per year. Part of the reason pre-employment personality tests are on the rise is because of…

Nearly 500,000 New Jobs Added This Year

Employers continued to add nonfarm jobs at a rapid pace in February, increasing payrolls by 235,000 during the month, blowing past predictions of a more modest increase. Adding to economists’ surprise, the U.S. Labor Department’s monthly employment report also showed wages rising by 6 cents an hour, a penny more than January’s 5…

Jobs Surge In February, Gaining 235,000

Employers continued to add nonfarm jobs at a rapid pace in February, increasing payrolls by 235,000 during the month, blowing past predictions of a more modest increase. Adding to economists’ surprise, the Labor Department’s monthly employment report also showed wages rising by 6 cents an hour, a penny more than January’s 5 cents….

Contractor Blacklisting Rules Coming to a Permanent End

Less than six months ago, federal contractors were clutching their pearls over the prospect of having to publicly disclose violations under 14 federal workplace laws, to be eligible for a government contract. The following month, in October 2016, a federal judge iced those “blacklisting rules” with a nationwide injunction. Now, it appears as though President…

New Travel Ban Exempts Green Card Holders, But H-1Bs Are Included

Monday, President Trump signed a new executive order banning travel from six nations, replacing the EO previously signed on January 27.  The new ban still blocks entry into the U.S. from certain countries and halts the refugee program for 120 days. However, this ban no longer includes Iraq, does not apply to green…

Expedited H-1B Program Suspension Announced

Friday’s announcement that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will halt its expedited H-1B visa processing is raising concerns that businesses dependent on foreign talent could be impacted. “This suspension is not good for American businesses by any means,” immigration attorney Tahmina Watson told CNN. H-1B visas allow employers to bring skilled foreign…

H-1B Slowdown Expected to Impact US Businesses

Friday’s announcement that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will halt its expedited H-1B visa processing is raising concerns that businesses dependent on foreign talent could be impacted. “This suspension is not good for American businesses by any means,” immigration attorney Tahmina Watson told CNN. H-1B visas allow employers to bring skilled foreign…

Sweden’s Shorter Work Day Experiment: Good For Workers, Costly For Employer

Recognize This! – Experiments in the workplace can help show the impact of innovative practices, and provide insight into management philosophies. Experimentation in the workplace isn’t necessarily a new idea. As early as the 1920s, studies have looked into the effect that various workplace changes, such as lighting and scheduling adjustments, could have…

Mobile Learning: Not Just E-learning on the Phone

Mobile learning (or m-learning) is much more than enabling users of your LMS to access existing course materials via smartphones and tablets. It is a rethink of how and when learning is managed by your learners and employees. M-learning, also called micro-learning, empowers employees to pick suitable times to learn, and gives them…

If Uber’s Culture Is to Change, the CEO Must Go

If any part of the charges of sexual harassment and favoritism made by a former Uber engineer hold up, company CEO Travis Kalanick should go. The VCs who sit on the company board should do the right thing if he doesn’t, and fire him. The chaotic, sexist culture described in a blog post…

Recruiting, Branding, Culture and a 7-Year-Old

The story of how an intrepid 7-year-old from the agricultural city of Hereford in the U.K. boldly wrote Google for a job has been told around the world. In case you missed it, Chloe Bridgewater addressed a letter to “google boss” asking for a job when she grows up and gets “bigger.” She…

Performance Management Goes to the Apps

Academia is getting into HR tech development. Two professors and an administrator at Temple University business school have come up with DevelapMe, a performance management app. Not to be confused with Develop.Me, which is a performance management app for churches, the secular DevelapMe is one of the growing number of tech alternatives to…

Homeland Security: Green Card Holders Will Be Allowed to Return

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27, 2017, that suspends the admission into the U.S. of people from certain countries for 90 days. This three-month ban applies to citizens of the following countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Citizens of those seven countries who hold U.S. visas…