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. 12, December

After Election, Workplace Issues Take Center Stage
The overall political landscape was little changed following the November elections. Democrats held on to the White House and strengthened their control of the U.S. Senate by picking up three seats. The GOP maintained control in the U.S. House of Representatives.Edge...
Benchmarks Document Shared Benefits Costs
During the past decade, the employee benefits landscape has been transformed by the escalating costs of benefits coupled with legislative changes and new benefits options. Benefits budgets have experienced substantial cuts because of the recession and...
Capitol Hill Workers Love Their Jobs, but Struggle with Work/Life Balance
Congressional staffers are struggling with work/life balance issues but are more fulfilled by their jobs than the typical U.S. worker, according to a survey of U.S. House and Senate staffmembers.The study, Life in Congress: Aligning Work and Life in...
Celebrate Differences
Meet diverse needs through employee segmentation.To understand retention issues among 3M Corp.'s high-potential employees, HR professionals at the company used a technique called conjoint analysis. Market researchers have long used the method to identify...
Coming: Major Health Care Reform Requirements
Many health care reform law changes kick in during 2013 and 2014. Speaking Oct. 16 at Groom Law Group's annual employee benefits seminar in Washington, D.C., attorney Christy Tinnes provided Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act checklists. Highlights...
Expats: Keeping Feet in Two Cultures
Employees' ability to integrate their home-country and assignment-country cultures leads to effectiveness when working abroad.Few mobility specialists pay enough attention to an important determinant of an international assignee's achievements: cultural...
Gender Bias Revealed in Staffing Companies
Staffing companies tend to recommend candidates to their clients based on gender stereotypes, eliminating many women from the running before they get to the interview stage, according to a study by researchers at London Business School and Henley Business...
Hotel Management Violated National Labor Relations Act
Frankl v. HTH Corp., 9th Cir., No. 11-18042 (Sept. 6, 2012).The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that an employer that insisted on unreasonable positions in negotiations, withdrew union recognition and terminated union officials violated the...
HR Salaries: Stuck in Neutral
Like most U.S. workers, HR professionals enjoyed limited gains in compensation during 2012.Another year of subpar job creation effectively stunted any substantial growth in compensation during 2012. This trend is widespread among industries and job classifications,...
Link to Engagement Drives Growth for Diverse Incentives
Although use of rewards and incentives in forms other than cash appears to be increasing, the most noteworthy trend in this area may be the expanding definition of rewards. "We think of a reward as anything the organization provides to employees of perceived...
Mobility Professionals Get Creative
Numerous mobility benchmark indicators are rising, offering positive and negative news for human resource professionals.On the plus side, relocation volumes and budgets have resumed growth following a stretch during which many companies cut or froze...
No Nexus between Protected Class Status and Employment Action
An employer's legitimate nondiscriminatory reasons for not hiring an applicant who was a transgender individual were not a pretext for discrimination, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held.Gage Hunter, a transgender woman who identified as a man,...
Online Tools Give Giving a Boost
More companies are using technology to support employees' philanthropic endeavors.Fernán Cepero, PHR, recalls when workplace giving campaigns revolved around the paper pledge card."It was a simple process. Employees just had to fill it out," says Cepero,...
Search and Verify
Why criminal background checks may not be as accurate as you think.Samuel M. Jackson was offered a job as a live chat specialist at an Illinois company two years ago.But the Chicago resident was shocked when a supposedly routine criminal background check...
SHRM's Advocacy Agenda: Staying the Course
I t's been a long election cycle, and many of us are glad to be free of the constant barrage of political commercials. When all was said and done, the political landscape in Washington remained largely unchanged.With no seeming change in Washington,...
State Workplace Law Briefs
For state workplace law developments, visit www.shrm.org/ LegalIssues/StateandLocalResources.CONNECTICUT LEAVE ACT APPLIES TO BUSINESSES WITH 75 EMPLOYEES IN STATEThe Connecticut Supreme Court has clarified that the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave...
Straight Day Shift Not Required as Reasonable Accommodation
Kallail v. Alliant Energy Corporate Services Inc., 8th Cir., No. 11-2202 (Sept. 4, 2012).Allowing an employee to move from rotating shifts to straight daytime work was not a required reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act...
The Higher Education Gap
Human resource professionals from a range of industries are forecasting that all job categories will require higher levels of education in the coming years, according to the results of Changing Employee Skills and Education Requirements, a survey conducted...
Time Is Money: On or off the Clock?
Many m anagers still don't understand the Fair Labor Standards Act.Virtually every week I hear about another employer allegedly requiring, encouraging or tolerating situations in which nonexempt employees are working offthe clock. Even large employers...
Train Managers, Maximize Appraisals
There's method to reviews-you can teach it.Jerry Gratton, vice president of people at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a junk removal service headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is preparing to roll out a new manager training program for employee performance...
Vandalism, Unemployment Claims, Health Care FSAs
We have had some vandalism in the employee bathrooms. What can we do to stop this?Unfortunately, restrooms can be targets for employee vandalism. Employers can handle vandalism in various ways:Install surveillance equipment. Visible surveillance cameras...
What's New
Health and SafetyUnitedHealthcare has added accident protection to its voluntary benefits product offering for employers. The accident protection plan provides cash benefits that can help limit employees' out-of-pocket expenses after an accident. The...
When Customers Help Select the Staff
At a Florida children's hospital, patients' parents conduct interviews.Selecting qualified professionals with the dedication and compassion required to perform pediatric patient care requires a sophisticated approach. As a result, I was recently challenged...
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