Employers Set Up Tax-Favored Leave-Based Donation Programs Aiding Harvey Victims

donate your vacation.fwHurricane Harvey tore through Texas and Louisiana, moving slowly from August 25th through August 30th, before moving out of the area and dumping flood waters in other parts of the nation as well.

The devastation caused by one of the worst hurricanes in recorded U.S. history has left many asking what they can do to be of help in relief efforts. Many employees may be asking what contributions they’re able to make in partnership with their employer. The IRS has announced that it will permit employers to set up tax-favored leave-based donations programs. Continue reading

How Google for Jobs is Changing the Job Search Game

Job MazeWhen job sites like Monster and CareerBuilder hit the scene, employers and job seekers alike were excited about how much easier posting and searching for new positions was going to be. And it was. Then, Indeed and LinkedIn came on the scene, and because their sites scrape data from the Monsters and CareerBuilders of the world, it made it even easier to search for jobs when, rather than checking several different job boards, one could find all of their postings in only a few places.   Continue reading

One Question That You Can’t Ask Job Applicants

Overlapping Caution, Warning, Danger and Hazard Tape BackgroundIn an effort to continue working toward closing the gender wage gap, more states are enacting laws that prevent an employer from asking a candidate or applicant for compensation history.

Delaware is the most recent state to sign a law (effective December 2017) restricting employers from asking for compensation history. They can however, consider a candidate’s salary history should the applicant share that information voluntarily. It will still be legal for employers to share the salary range of the positions they are hiring for, and to ask a candidate what their desired salary range is.   Continue reading

‘Recruiting Daily’ Recognizes TAM Co-Founder, Edna Nakamoto

rosieEdna Nakamoto, CEO and co-founder of The Applicant Manager (TAM), was recently named by Recruiting Daily as “One of 300 Women in HR Technology Worth Watching”.

TAM, started in 2011 by Edna and her co-founder Jim Garrison, is an applicant tracking system that was born out of a recruiting need recognized through Edna’s work as a human resources consultant. Prior to venturing out on her own, Edna spent over twenty years serving in various human resources leadership roles. Continue reading

New Marijuana Laws Mean Updates to Drug and Alcohol Policies

marijuana-lawsThe nation is undergoing some major changes right now, and not just politically. Not only did voters have to choose a new President, but many states also voted on whether or not to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.

On November 8th, five states voted “yes” or “no” to recreational cannabis. The states who have recently joined Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon, where it was already legal, are California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Arizona was the only state with this topic on their ballots that for now voted “no”. Continue reading

Three Strategies for Staying in Compliance with Wage and Paid Sick Leave Changes

 

Business cartoon showing businessman with therapist and saying, 'my industry has probably transformed again just since we started this session'.Several states throughout the nation continue to experience significant change as it relates to employment. As of July 1, 2016, still more changes will be going into effect, and employers will need to be ready. These changes, affecting minimum wage and paid sick leave (PSL), can be expected to continue throughout the country.

In response to concern over the need for a living wage, State and municipalities are raising minimum wages and creating  their own PSL laws. A great example is Continue reading

3 Important Questions to Ask About Employment Credit Reports

CreditWhen New York City passed the nation’s most severe restrictions on employment credit reports in 2015, it joined 11 states and several other cities that limit the practice. Similar legislation is pending in 17 other states and at the federal level.

Even in places that have passed bans, though, exemptions exist. That’s because, despite the controversy, employment credit checks play an important – and in some cases required – role in due diligence around hiring.

The Controversy
A 2012 survey from the Society of Human Resource Management found that 45% of employers run employment credit reports to reduce or prevent theft, while 22% run them to reduce legal liability for negligent hiring.

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9 Recruiting Resources You Won’t Want to Miss

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As a recruiter, it’s easy to get so buried in the weeds at times that we forget there are thousands of other people out there having the same challenges and asking the same questions. Indecisive hiring managers, frustrating candidates, too many requisitions to fill, and not enough hours in the day. The good news is that in those moments when you come up for air, or at least another cup of coffee, there are resources available to not only support you, but to remind you that you are never in this recruiting gig all alone.
 
There are some fantastic sites and blogs out there that if you’re not already familiar with, are worth your time to check out. The following list is made up of resources that provide a world of information on recruiting and Human Resources, but not in the most traditional way, which is just one of the many things that make them so enjoyable. Continue reading

California Leads Nation in Gender Pay Reform

equal payFor over fifty years there have been laws in place requiring equal pay for men and women doing the same job. Even so, discrepancies in pay still persist. In California, where the new equal pay law, the Fair Pay Act, went into effect the first of the year, data introduced into legislation shows women being paid 84 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts.

The Fair Pay Act, voted in with virtually no opposition, aims to make it harder for employers to require employees to do the same work, but pay some workers less because of job titles. Now, companies will be required to really take a look at each position, and the work required, and assess pay based upon the work actually being done. Rather than justifying pay with job titles, employers will need to thoroughly assess job responsibilities and requirements.

This new law may be most beneficial to those in positions typically classified as laborers such as housekeepers. In this example, a housekeeper commonly does the same work as a custodian, but because of their job title, is paid a lower rate.

Pay inequality may exist due in large part to the fact that people don’t know they’re being under paid. Within most companies, the culture is such that discussing pay is strictly prohibited. The Fair Pay Act prevents employers from terminating or punishing workers who discuss their pay with coworkers.

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Why Most Independent Contractors May Be Considered Employees

University Students Holding Question Mark SignsThere are plenty of reasons that some people choose to go out on their own and work as independent contractors: flexible hours, unlimited income potential, control over income taxes, and control over the trajectory of their careers. There are also many reasons companies like to hire independent contractors, two of the most common being scalability and cost.

Some companies question when they should begin to transition from hiring independent contractors to full-time employees, but a more serious question should be, are your independent contractors already employees who have been misclassified? According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), most workers are employees. The DOL issued a guidance in July of 2015 stating that the “misclassification of employees as independent contractors is found in an increasing number of workplaces in the United States…”. The guidance goes on to state that when employees are improperly classified, those workers may not receive protections common in the workplace, such as minimum wage pay, overtime compensation, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. The reality is that this is another one of the situations where “it’s good until it’s not.” Thus, the problem is that employees classified as independent contractors will request to be classified as such until they realize that they are in dispute with their employer, e.g., they are terminated and request benefits normally provided to employees.
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