HRMagazine

HRMagazine is a magazine covering human resources for management professionals. Since it was founded in 1955 it has been produced monthly. The magazine is published by Society for Human Resource Management.Subjects for HRMagazine include employment and human resources. The editor is Nancy M. Davis.

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 9, September

Banning Talk of Work Investigations Unlawful
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled July 30 that a common practice of prohibiting employees from discussing ongoing investigations violates employees' right, under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), to engage in concerted activity....
Benefits Briefs
For full versions of these articles and others, visitwww.shrm.org/disciplines/benefits.A PLAIN-LANGUAGE GUIDE TO THE FMLAThe U.S. Department of Labor has issued a 20-page booklet titled "Need Time? The Employee's Guide to the Family and Medical Leave...
Building Innovation with Accountability
HR professionals are masters of change, taming what is largely unavoidable in today's demanding business world. Change management is not something HR professionals just tolerate or take on grudgingly. It's now imbedded in our makeup; it's a way of life...
Classroom with Windows Was Reasonable Accommodation
Ekstrand v. School District of Somerset, 7th Cir., No. 11-1949 (June 26, 2012).A school district violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it refused to transfer a teacher who had been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder to a classroom...
Defending Your Reduction in Force
A defense of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act comes of age.In Smith v. City of Jackson (544 U.S. 228 (2005)), the U.S. Supreme Court held that adverse impact claims are available under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).However,...
Does Parity Pay Off?
Employers weigh the costs and return on investment of mental health benefits parity.Less than a year after the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) went into effect in 2010, a Wall Street Journal headline noted that the "Law Prompts...
Equal Pay Act Defenses Clarified
Bauer v. Curators of the University of Missouri, 8th Cir., No. 11-2758 (June 6, 2012).A "business judgment" defense does not apply in Equal Pay Act (EPA) cases, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled. Employers must prove affirmatively that any...
Get Moving
Give employees tools to be active, even during the workay.On Sept. 14, thousands of employees from hundreds of companies will revisit a coveted perk of their grade school days by taking a 10-minute break for recess. Leaving their desks and trotting outside...
Leaders Teaching Leaders
Help line managers learn about leadership skills-and find ways to use them.Medtronic Inc. is well-known globally for creating products that treat chronic disease. Whether our customers are using pacemakers, stents or other devices, they depend on the...
Let the Games Begin
Gaming technology can give employees a host of job-related experiences in a low-risk setting.Start HereGartner Inc. Research Director Elise Olding says getting gaming right is not a simple task and requires good organizational design."The temptation...
Neglecting Ergonomics Safety for Teleworkers Can Be Costly
Employers and employees often overlook workplace safety practices, including proper ergonomics, during telework arrangements, possibly increasing the risk of injury or health problems to employees-and the risk of liability to employers.There are many...
Objection Overruled
Use a simple, three-step strategy to overcome objections to your ideas at work.Every day, dismissive objections to ideas or solutions to old problems dampen morale and productivity. Because they are lightweight objections, they often don't seem important....
On-Ramps Lead Back to Work
In the previous decade, there was much discussion about on-ramps and offramps- especially regarding highly educated women who had opted out of the workforce to raise families. The term "on-ramping" describes the process of re-entering the workforce after...
Perfecting the HR Recipe at Campbell
Robert Morrissey is changing the tune at Campbell Soup Co., where he was promoted to senior vice president and chief human resources officer on April 1.The new tune at his first meeting with 100 top HR executives worldwide was fellow New Jersey native...
Racially Offensive Comments and Jokes Supported Harassment Claim
Hernandez v. Valley View Hospital Assoc., 10th Cir., No. 11-1244 (June 26, 2012).Adozen racially offensive comments and jokes over a 14-month period can be enough to maintain hostile work environment and constructive discharge claims brought under Title...
Seeking Transparency
More employers are providing pricing and quality information to help employees make smarter health care purchasing decisions.The late U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen was credited with saying, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking...
Seek out the Rare Find
A journalist offers advice on spotting exceptional talent ahead of your peers.Interview by Andrew Van BrimmerJournalist and best-selling author George Anders set out four years ago to learn the secrets to finding the hidden superstars of the American...
Tailor Your Retirement Planning Messages
Overcome the barriers of age, ethnicity or language. Urge all employees to save and invest.Cindi Kirkwood, HR manager at The Gant Aspen in Colorado, has a problem: Fewer than half of her employer's 100 employees participate in the condominium hotel's...
Tech Access, Conflict of Interest, Bargaining Info
What technology issues should an employer consider when terminating an employee?With the growing use of personal electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops, employers must be more diligent in implementing policies to protect company...
What's New
Compensation and BenefitsThe First Rehabilitation Life Insurance Co. has launched a line of insurance plans called BaseLine. BaseLine plans offer employees a single simple rate with no rate tiers and no underwritten rates or charges. The plans have a...
When HR Teams Work Virtually
Managers must work even harder to create personal relationships.Ask some human resource managers what type of work they conduct virtually, and they might look at you with disdain before providing answers that clearly show they find the assumption behind...
Young LGBT Workers Predict Workplace Challenges
A June report revealed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who will enter the workforce in the next few years have a negative overall outlook on their futures.The study, released by the Human Rights Campaign, included a survey of...