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. 59, No. 2, February

ADAAA Requires Proof of Disability
Neely v. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., 5th Cir., No. 12-51074In affirming a jury verdict against a for- mer employee who alleged disability dis- crimination, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stated that although the Americans with Disabilities...
A Fresh Look at the Unemployed
Beneath the headlines of falling U.S. unemployment rates, there is another, more troubling statistic: More than 4 million people have been out of work for six months or longer. Known as the "long-term unemployed," these Americans make up more than 37...
Benefits Underused to Recruit and Retain, SHRM Finds
Only a quarter of organizations use their workplace benefits program to help recruit employees, according to survey findings released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in December 2013. And fewer than one in five highlight the value...
Beware of Workers' Comp Premium Fraud
Among the many obligations imposed on employers is securing workers' compensation insurance in case their employees are injured while working. The cost of this insurance is a significant concern for all employers.The major factors that determine the...
Black Police Sergeant Denied Transfer May Pursue Claim
Lavalais v. Village of Melrose Park, 7th Cir., No. 13-1200An employee was allowed to proceed with his discrimination claim that his employer denied his request for a transfer from the midnight shift based on his race, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
Briefs: Around the States
For state workplace law developments, visit www.shrm.org/LegalIssues/StateandLocalResources.CALIFORNIA: CLASS-ACTION RELIEF ALLOWED FOR MANAGERS' UNPAID OVERTIMEThe California Court of Appeal reversed an order denying certification of a class of restaurant...
Briefs: Benefits
For full versions of these articles and others, visit www.shrm.org/rewards.PRETAX LIMIT ON TRANSIT BENEFITS DROPS MORE THAN $100 FOR 2014The maximum allowed pretax mass-transit benefit for employees fell from $245 per month in 2013 to $130 in 2014, beginning...
Buyers' Guide: EDUCATION & TRAINING
BENEFITSDavis Vision, Inc.175 E. Houston St.San Antonio, TX 782051-800-278-6673www.davisvision.comDavis Vision ensures quality vision care and affordable rates for our members and clients. Our end-to-end process delivers an unbeatable combination of...
Delivering HR at a Media Giant
Horacio Quiros, director of corporate HR at Grupo Clarin in Buenos Aires, Argentina, longs for quiet weekends at his remote island hideaway. But these days he has little time for rest. With more than 30 businesses-newspapers, cable news, radio, TV, soap...
Getting Engagement from the Get-Go
Employee engagement-the act of getting employees to feel connected to, and enthusiastic about, their jobs-is vital to productivity. Engaged employees become engaged leaders who inspire those around them. To foster engagement, you must walk the talk:...
Great Expectations
When Anycia Grady, a clinical social worker, became pregnant in September 2013, her happiness was tempered by concern about the stress that her 12-hour-a-day job could have on her pregnancy. Grady provides support services to foster families in the Cleveland...
Health Benefit Costs Could Jump in 2014
Employers expect that their health coverage cost per employee will rebound in 2014 by an average of 8 percent if they make no changes to their current plans; the smallgroup market could be hit even harder.The good news is that slower cost growth continued...
Health Care Costs Remain CFOs' Top Concern
For the third year in a row, chief financial officers (CFOs) in the U.S. cited rising health care costs as their No. 1 concern, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 CFO Outlook survey report.Sixty-seven percent of CFOs ranked health care's...
HR Spends More Time Educating about Benefits
Despite competing priorities, one-third of HR professionals in the U.S. (32 percent) have increased the time they spend educating employees about workplace benefits over the past two years, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch's latest Workplace...
HSA Enrollments Grow, While Use of HRAs Shrinks
More employees are choosing consumer-driven and high-deductible health plans, according to the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).However, enrollment in one kind of consumer-driven health plan (CDHP)-employer-funded health reimbursement...
Lisa Connell Named HRPS Executive Director
Lisa Connell, former vice president for education at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is the new executive director of HR People & Strategy (HRPS).HRPS, whose membership consists of chief HR officers and other top executives, became...
Listening Skills
Learn how to respond to employees who have experienced a trauma.At some time or another, every employee goes through an emotionally distressing experience. HR professionals can play a key role in helping employees through a trauma by listening attentively...
Massive Open Online Courses Have High Drop-Out Rates, Study Finds
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have attracted a lot of attention over the past two years as a way to make college education more affordable and accessible.However, early data from the University of Pennsylvania show lackluster results.Many who registered...
NLRB Drops Defense of Controversial Posters
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declined at the start of the new year to challenge two appeals court decisions striking down its requirement that employers display posters informing employees of their right to join unions.The board did not...
Pay Attention to Hypertension
Retailer L.L. Bean Inc. was ahead of its time 31 years ago when it started an informal Heart Club for employees that was focused on helping them achieve healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels through better nutrition, exercise, weight loss and...
Sexual Harassment Punitive Damages Award Reduced
Arizona v. ASARCO LLC, 9th Cir., No. 11-17484Due process does not permit a $300,000 punitive damages award when the jury awarded no compensa- tory damages and only $1 in nominal damages, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.Angela Aguilar worked...
Supreme Court Sidesteps Neutrality Question
The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed, without opinion, a case raising the lawfulness of neutrality agreements entered into between employers and unions that are seeking to organize company employees. In a one-line ruling issued Dec. 10, 2013, the high court...
Supreme Court Upholds ERISA Contractual Limitations Periods
In a unanimous Dec. 16, 2013, decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that contractual limitations periods for legal actions challenging benefits denials in plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) are enforceable as long as...
Teacher's Display of Religious Items Justified Firing
The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the termination of a public school teacher who was charged with insubordination for ignoring an order to remove religious displays in his classroom and for continuing to inject his personal religious beliefs into his plan...
The Mobilization of HR Tech
The employees at Rackspace Hosting, a company specializing in cloud technologies, are tough customers when it comes to evaluating the internal technology systems they use every day-whether those systems are designed for business unit processes or human...
The Pulse of the HR Profession
While most employees will seek other job opportunities in 2014, a majority of HR professionals plan to stay put, recent surveys indicate.More than 8 in 10 workers in the U.S. and Can- ada say they will "actively seek a new position" in 2014, according...
Training Managers to Lead Innovation
In October of last year, Owens Corning celebrated 75 years as a leader in the field of fiberglass technology. The company's rich history in building insulation, roofing material and glass-fiber-reinforced composite materials began in the 1930s with the...
What Should an Employer Do When an Employee on Intermittent Leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Is Not Getting the Job Done Well or on Time?
Designing and implementing an action plan to address productivity issues con- sistent with the letter and spirit of the FMLA is challenging.Often, the first step is recognizing that the person who is taking FMLA leave because of a serious health con-...
What Should We Consider before Offering Company Loans to Our Employees?
An employee may ask for a company loan when he or she is purchasing a home, making tuition payments to send a child to college or experiencing a personal hardship.As with any other benefit offered, develop a detailed written policy that sets the stage...
What's New
ComplianceSibson Consulting has released its 2014 Reporting and Disclosure Calendar for Benefit Plans. The calendar provides information and deadlines on compliance issues for many different employment regulations enforced by federal agencies such as...
Young Women Are Narrowing the Gender Pay Gap
Women in the Millennial generation are closing the gender wage gap-at least for now.In 2012, women ages 25 to 34 earned 93 percent of what their male counterparts made, up from 89 percent in 2005.That's significantly better than the 84 percent wage gap...
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