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. 60, No. 2, March

Absence Makes HR's Job Harder
Everyone needs a break now and then-but if you don't have the right scheduling tools in place, absence can become a large presence on your company's bottom line."When someone is absent, whether scheduled or unscheduled, it affects productivity, deadlines...
A World of Difference
Understanding small cultural nuances can have a huge impact on your business.When it comes to navigating cultural differences, professor Erin Meyer knows of what she speaks. After living and working on three continents-Africa, Europe and North America-she's...
Cool and Competent
Renee Adams, SPHR, first noticed the power of using competency-based techniques for selecting employees when she worked for Devereux Cleo Wallace, a health care organization in Westminster, Colo. One of Devereux's sites had a turnover rate of 60 percent....
Greetings from Unlimited VACATIONLAND: Do You Wish You Were Here?
March 2015 HR Magazine 29Is there any workplace issue as vexing as vacation? Whether it is organized as a single block of days that includes sick time or as its own separate category, the benefit brings about all kinds of contradictions, resentments...
Hostile Environment for Female Firefighter Upheld
Smith v. City of New Smyrna Beach, 11th Cir., No. 13-13368A jury properly found that a female firefighter/paramedic was subjected to a hostile work environment and terminated on the basis of her sex, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.After...
How Frequently Should Employees Be Paid?
Many state laws detail when employees must be paid for the hours they have worked. These state wage-payment laws might dictate the employer's pay frequency. Employers may choose to pay workers more often than their state law requires, but not less frequently.Employees...
HR Analyzes Jobs to Aid in Recruitment
Most employers use the information they gather when analyzing jobs to improve their recruiting efforts, according to survey results released in December 2014 by SHRM and ACT."Considering that many HR professionals say they are having trouble finding...
Inspiring More at Gap Inc
When Doris and Don Fisher founded Gap Inc. in San Francisco in 1969, they wanted to "do more than sell clothes." The global retailer's senior vice president of HR, Dan Henkle, embodies that objective.He leads a team of more than 90 HR professionals who...
It's Time to Rethink the Employer Mandate
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is achieving many of its goals: According to recent reports, the proportion of Americans who are uninsured has been reduced dramatically, health insurance coverage is becoming more affordable for low- and moderateincome...
Job Restructuring Must Be an Accommodation Option
Kauffman v. Petersen Health Care VIILLC, 7th Cir., No. 13-3661When faced with a request for a reasonable accommodation, an employer must be willing to make at least minor reassignments of job duties in order to allow an employee to perform the position's...
Member Spotlight
Joann Waki Muna, SHRM-SCP HR administrator, Guam Community CollegeLike many, Joann Waki Muna became interested in HR by accident. During college, she worked as an administrative assistant with the Guam Department of Labor, where she first came into contact...
Progress for Multiemployer Pension Plans
Times are tough for multiemployer pension plans. In recent years, they've teetered on the edge of insolvency due to a host of shifting market conditions, including employer bankruptcies, investment volatility, decreasing interest rates and a loss of...
Remark Insufficient to Trigger FMLA Rights
Sparks v. Sunshine Mills Inc., 11th Cir., No. 13-14922An employee who informed his supervisors that he might have surgery following a workplace injury failed to give sufficient notice of his need for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),...
Ripple Effect
The end of 2014 may have marked a new beginning for the U.S. job market. With 252,000 positions added to the economy in December and unemployment down to 5.6 percent, 2014 was the strongest year for job growth since 1999. Companies may be making up for...
Should an Employer Combine an Employee's Personnel Files after He or She Leaves the Company?
No. Many employers believe that once an employee leaves the organization, the guidelines for separating employee personnel files no longer apply. But that's not the case: Personal information must remain confidential.Various federal and state laws provide...
Taking Stock
Stock options as performance incentives have been on a roller coaster ride for decades.They were the quintessential get-rich-quick enticement used by tech startups during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s, but their star later dimmed amid allegations...
Three Signs of Economic Recovery
If you're a news buff like me, you know that the U.S. economy is a topic of daily discussion among politicians, pundits and economists. Since the start of the Great Recession, people have been looking for clear signs of economic recovery. Good news may...
Upcoming Seminars
March19-20 Organizational Development and Effectiveness, Alexandria, Va.22 Apply Ethical Practices to Business Operations, Washington, D.C.23-24 Essentials of HR, Alexandria, Va.24-May 7 Virtual SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Certification Prep26-27 Compensation...
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Presumption of Lifetime Retiree Benefits If CBA Is Unclear
Just because a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) doesn't specify how long the health benefits of retirees should last doesn't mean that those benefits vest for life, according to a January ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.The decision made void a...
What's Affordable?
As a growing tech company in the Washington, D.C., area, Optoro Inc. faces stiff competition for talent. "We have to be pretty competitive on benefits," says Kathy Penny, the company's senior director of human resources in Lanham, Md. "We are looking...
What's New
CompliancePaycom has launched an Affordable Care Act (ACA) dashboard. This new tool is an enhancement to Paycom's existing ACA compliance solution and is designed to help users effectively navigate and comply with the ACA employer mandate, which took...
Why CHROs Could Excel as CEOs
High-performing CEOs have more in common with high-performing CHROs than they do with most other high-level executives, including chief financial officers, chief marketing officers and chief information officers, according to recent research by recruiting...
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