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  • 8 New FMLA Changes You Need to Know

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Several new changes to the Family Medical Leave Act went into effect last week on March 8. The most pertinent is the requirement to post the updated FMLA poster, which informs employees of the updated FMLA rules. There are also several forms that have been updated and are available on the Department of Labor website. 

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  • Offering Guidance to Federal Contractors, Post Rescission

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    Mykkah Herner, MA, CCP, Compensation Consultant PayScale

    Stephanie R Thomas ends her blog post, “Gone With The Wind (Your Guidance, That Is),” with a challenge: “How will you prepare?” She aptly points out that the rescission of the “Compensation Standards” and “Voluntary Guidelines” by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) leaves federal contractors with less guidance about how to comply with non-discrimination requirements outlined in Title VII. I’d like to take a moment to offer some suggestions.

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  • Four Ergonomic Tips to Keep Employees and Workers' Comp Budgets Healthy

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell

    Providing an impressive benefit package to employees is expensive and sometimes isn’t in fact what sets your organization apart from the rest. Most of us won’t argue that benefits aren't worth the cost, but as any employer or HR professional can tell you, the expense is huge. In addition to the obvious benefit costs employees see, such as healthcare and retirement contributions, there’s a major benefit lurking in the dark going unnoticed by employees: workers’ compensation insurance.

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  • New Guidelines for Restrictive Covenants in Canada

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    Amy Knapp

    Implications of recent decision Martin v. ConCreate USL Limited Partnership

    Restrictive covenants are a tricky business. While fundamentally important in some circumstances, they’re notoriously ineffective in others. With the recent rulings on enforcement of restrictive covenants, it's becoming even more apparent that Canadian companies need to develop more compelling strategies to keep talent from going to the competitors.

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  • 5 For Friday: HR Going Global

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    Effectively managing human capital is of concern to companies across the globe. Many of those human resource issues are becoming less siloed to particular countries as outsourcing becomes more commonplace in business. This week, we take a look at some of the top news and issues surrounding human capital management and compensation across the world.

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  • Legally Destroying The Gender Gap

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Despite tremendous growth in select sectors, women are still only paid 77 percent of what their male counterparts make according to the American Association of University Women. Women earn less for numerous reasons including field of study, occupation, and the number of hours they work during the work week. The Paycheck Fairness Act is now being introduced for the third time in four years in the United States Senate.

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  • Was the Lilly Ledbetter Act Enough?

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    “Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and
    daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”
    -President Obama's Inauguration Speech, 2013

    Today marks the fourth anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Though it may not have been enough to close the gender gap, other important advances, like data-driven software, have helped the cause tremendously. Let's first take a look back at highlights of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:

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  • Drugs at Work. Does Allowing Marijuana Make You a Better Employer?

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    If your employees are looking to be out of a job in the near future, let them keep on smoking their ‘legal’ joints. There are currently 19 states that have enacted legislation making it legal to use marijuana for medical purposes, which is nearly half of the United States. Does your company currently operate in one of these states? What about in the future? How will you handle medical marijuana in the workplace?

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  • Are We Closing the Gender Gap at Work?

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    More than 50 years ago women earned about 60 percent on average of what men earned when working year-round full time. That percentage was steady up until the 1980s when there was considerable progression in the movement. The percentage then increase to about 72 percent where it has remained for nearly two decades only rising by 5% in the past 20+ years.  

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  • Is Your Company’s Drug Policy Going to Pot?

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale.com

    During the 2012 election, voters in Colorado and Washington were faced with an interesting decision: Should recreational marijuana use be legal?

    Many states continue to legalize medical marijuana, while others are considering similar measures for recreational use. Currently, 18 states have laws regarding the legal consumption of marijuana.

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  • HR Pros Know all About Binders

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    by Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com

    The topic of Mitt Romney’s “binder full of women” is all over the social media channels today and the subject of memes, blogs and various other forms of snidery. HR professionals know all about binders, having relied on binders full of salary data to make decisions about pay for a long time. It’s definitely time to rethink the outdated binder-method of HR, but that’s a whole different blog article. Right now, I want to take a swing at gender pay inequity, which is the heart of the Mitt Romney binder debacle. Men making more money than women is not a new discussion by far, but one that can easily be made a non-issue in any company with some good solid compensation planning.

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  • Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power

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    By Mykkah Herner, MA, CCP, Compensation Consultant at PayScale.com

    Think ignorance is bliss?

    You’ve heard some rumbling here and there, but no one has come out and said anything. That means you don’t have a compensation issue. Right? Well, maybe, but do you really want to chance losing your top performers? We’ve heard this from a number of potential clients: “We don’t have any major problems, so comp strategy is not a priority. We think we may have issues with pay, but not knowing for sure makes us feel better. Ignorance is bliss.” This “do nothing” objection may work out alright for the short term, but in the long term you run a real risk of losing your top performers, having pay inequity issues, and generally being a poor steward of one of the largest resource expenses in your organization - employee compensation.

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  • The PayCheck Fairness Act Is the Wrong Fix

    Confessions of a Feminist on the Paycheck Fairness Act

    It’s with a heavy heart that I realize that it is ok with me that the Paycheck Fairness Act didn’t pass the Senate. While I value equal pay, my beliefs about what needs to happen in order for that outcome to be achieved have to be balanced with my beliefs about the law and how businesses should be run.

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  • Poll: Your Opinion On The Paycheck Fairness Act

    Pros and Cons of the Paycheck Fairness Act

    As you may know, the Paycheck Fairness Act recently failed to progress to a vote in the Senate. This legislation could have greatly impacted both employees and employers. It is intended to update the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and by extension the Equal Pay Act of 1963, by limiting acceptable reasons for differences in pay, increasing penalties for failing to meet standards, reducing small business exemptions and barring retaliation for the disclosure of salary information. Perhaps because of its potential to change so much, it is highly controversial.

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  • How to Handle Prospective Employees with Tattoos?

    Set Your Tattoo Policy with Care

    By Tripp Ritter, PayScale

    Here's a problem HR managers didn't face in the good old days. What to do about prospective employees who have facial piercings or visible tattoos? Is it any different for existing employees? The questions matter for more and more employers. A surprising number of potential hires are tattooed, and its not just the kids. According to the Pew Research Center, four of ten 26 to 40 year olds have at least one tattoo.  

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  • Round Nonexempt Hours Correctly

    Work-Time Calculations: Rules on Rounding Hours Q&A

    “Rounding” is generally accepted under the FLSA, but only as long as the rounding practices “average out” and nonexempt employees are paid properly for hours worked. Find out how to implement this practice in your workplace.

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  • California Laws on Compensation

    Compensation Issues in California

    By Beverly N. Dance, MBA, SPHR-CA, CCP, CEBS, dance@mba.berkeley.edu

    I love my home state of California, but when it comes to pay and human resources issues, there is a reason California is the one and only of the 50 states that has its own separate certification exam above and beyond the national Professional Human Resources, PHR and Senior Professional Human Resources, SPHR. If you have employees in California or are considering bringing jobs to this state (PLEASE DO) here are a few new details you should know due to AB 469. (No need to mention to your employees that the legislation is called the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2011.)

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  • Be Careful with Unpaid Summer Interns

    FLSA Series Part 4: Interns or Apprenticeships

    This is the fourth of a series of articles explaining the complicated Fair Labor Standards Act, FLSA, or the Wage and Hour Law. January and February are often when organizations are deciding if they can bring on summer interns. Many organizations would like to do this, but not all can afford to create opportunities for work of limited duration. What may motivate you to develop an intern program is that you may be able to pay your intern less than minimum wage under certain circumstances.

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  • Salaried Employees Work Hours: Laws from FLSA

    Exempt Employees and Rules Requiring Specified Hours

    You probably are aware that exempt employees generally should be paid the same salary regardless of the number of hours they work or the quantity of work they produce. But, can you require them to work a certain schedule and track their hours?

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  • FLSA Child Labor Laws

    FLSA Series Part 3: Child Labor Laws

    This is the third of a series of articles explaining the Fair Labor Standards Act, FLSA, or the Wage and Hour Law. This article will discuss the child labor laws under the FLSA. Be aware that to be in full compliance, you should also check to see if your state has additional regulations. I know my state of California does.

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