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. 6, June

Accelerating Change at GM
Critical HR hands steer the automaker at a time when direction and speed are vital.In April 2011, when a headhunter suggested that Cynthia Brinkley throw her hat in the ring for the top HR job at GM, Brinkley politely declined. She had been at AT&T...
After-Hours Supervision, Pain Pill Policies, Electronic Signatures
Do we need to have a supervisor present when associates are working after hours or on weekends?Since there is no law that requires that all work be supervised, an employer's policies would dictate whether a supervisor needs to be present when employees...
Back Pay for Retaliation May Be Based on Loss of Job Opportunity
Nassar v. Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 5th Cir., No. 11-10338 (March 8, 2012).If an employer's retaliatory action prevents a former employee from obtaining a job with another employer, the former employer may be liable, the 5th...
Blowing the Whistle on Whistle-Blowers
Leaders need to deal openly with mean-spirited, unfounded complaints.Most companies grant employees the discretion to escalate matters anonymously, but this approach may inadvertently open up a Pandora's box of unfounded allegations and allow workers...
Engagement Erosion Plagues Employers Worldwide
There is "a significant, across-the-board increase" in the number of workers seriously considering leaving their employers, according to the results of a global survey released in April.The data reflect "a profound shift in employee attitudes and opinions,"...
ERISA Permits Union's Indemnification of Employer's Pension Liability
Shelter Distribution Inc. v. General Drivers, Warehousemen & Helpers Local Union No. 89, 6th Cir., No. 11-5450 (March 16, 2012).A union agreement to indemnify an employer for any contingent liability that might be incurred as a result of the employer's...
Ethics Programs Could Be at Risk
Twenty years ago, the U.S. Sentencing Commission issued the first set of guidelines for federal judges to use in sentencing corporations. The guidelines offered incentives for companies to adopt compliance and ethics programs, and many companies did...
Financial Education - Stress = Improved Productivity
Making employees more money-savvy has a measurable return on investment.When employees are stressed-out about their finances, their work can suffer. At Mansfield, Ohio, manufacturer Therm-O-Disc, executives have found that employees who do not focus...
How to Build a Workforce, One Person at a Time
Faced with a truck driver shortage nationwide, Con-way Freight develops its own.Three years ago, then 24-year-old Duncan Smith graduated from State University of New York at Fredonia with a bachelor's degree in legal studies. Unable to land a job in...
HR Competencies Model Poised to Launch
Our core mission at the Society for Human Resource Management is to help you improve continually, succeed at every level of your careers, and have all the skills and tools you need to serve your employers and employees. That's our No. 1 priority-we honor...
Make Your Voice Heard Right Now-And at the 2012 Annual Conference
The countdown is on for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2012 Annual Conference & Exposition. Here's how to get your conference experience off to a great start.Buzz About AtlantaHave you heard the Buzz? Check out http://buzz.annual.shrm.org,...
'Minimum' vs. 'Fair' vs. 'Living' Wages
Use multiple data sources to set compensation rates overseas.At first blush, a country's minimum wage rate may look like a definitive starting point for compensation planning. Upon scrutiny, however, global minimum wage rates raise more compensation...
New Guidance Requires Recruiters to Assess Criminal Histories Individually
By a 4-1 vote, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 25 approved new guidance on criminal background checks.The agency discourages blanket exclusions of individuals convicted of crimes and encourages individual assessments of whether...
On Guard
Work with vendors to detect and prevent costly health insurance fraud.An employee lends her uninsured sister her insurance identification card so the sister can get the foot surgery she needs.A physician beefs up his billings by conducting unnecessary...
Opening Doors
Some employers express uncertainty about hiring people with disabilities. These workers-and their companies-show how it can be done.Since the federal Americans with Disabilities Act passed two decades ago, many barriers to employing individuals with...
Options for Older Workers
A report by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College points to wideranging flexible workplace options that can help employers retain older workers, tap into the experience of retired workers, and fill skills and knowledge gaps.The report,...
People with HIV and AIDS: Living and Working Longer
Some multinational employers offer services to support workers with the disease. Start by reducing stigma, they advise.A senior manager at an African facility of SABMiller was HIV-positive. He passed on the virus to his wife, who went on antiretroviral...
Reach New Heights
The best HR business partners connect human resources with business strategies.It's a familiar tale of two HR business partners. One is supported by a model that alleviates the administrative tasks that can distract HR business partners from strategy....
State Workplace Law Briefs
For state workplace law developments, visit www.shrm.org/ LegalIssues/StateandLocalResources.HIGH COURT HEARS CHALLENGE TO ARIZONA'S TOUGH IMMIGRATION LAWThe U.S. Supreme Court will decide by late June whether four provisions of Arizona's strict immigrant...
Talent Management Merger Mania
Expect vendor relationships to be in a permanent state of change.The telephone calls began soon after Oracle Corp. announced in February that it would acquire Taleo Corp., the vendor of a cloud-based talent management suite."As a Taleo customer who is...
The Global Battle for Female Talent
Faced with dynamic business expansion, multinational recruiters are waging a relentless drive to hire and keep female leaders.Much like miners searching for a rich vein of gold, multinational employers are turning their attention to women in emerging...
The Right Career Forecast
Sylvia Taylor is clearly pleased with the direction her career has taken."Even if I approached my career decisions in some other way, I don't think I would've chosen differently," Taylor says. Her career has brought her to the northwest suburbs of her...
The Rise of the Difficult Employee?
These days, more HR professionals are requesting guidance on how to deal with difficult employees, according to advisors at the Society for Human Resource Management's HR Knowledge Center and several employee assistance programs. But what might be causing...
Undeserved Promotions
A researcher uncovers evidence of rampant favoritism in promotion decisions.Jonathan Gardner proved what many HR professionals already know from anecdotal experience: Favoritism influences promotions. Gardner is chief operating officer and senior managing...
Unequal Severance Packages Are Adverse Employment Actions
Gerner v. County of Chesterfield, Va., 4th Cir., No. 11-1218 (March 16, 2012).Unequal severance packages can constitute violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided, ruling that even though severance...
What's New
Compensation and BenefitsTotal Rewards Software Inc. has developed CandidateStatements.com, a cloud-based software tool that combines compensation and benefits statements and an onboarding portal for new hires. The tool is designed to help employers...
Widening Web of Social Media
Social media's workplace implications are growing.Social media is no longer new. It is mainstream. To avoid social media today is like avoiding e-mail 15 years ago.For employers, social media creates risks and rewards. This article discusses how to maximize...

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