The HR Specialist: Compensation and Benefits

The fallout from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 U.S. v. Wind­­sor decision continues to affect employers. The IRS now says that 401(k) plans that define marriage and spouses in terms of heterosexuality must be amended to define those terms in a gender-neutral way.

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Managers at national mortgage banker Supreme Lending encourage em­­ploy­­ees to balance work with time off and play—even on the job.

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PayScale will soon welcome college seniors and recent graduates for a month-long career “bootcamp,” designed to teach them the ropes of the business world.

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Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning offers cellphones to employees who need them for business, but employees are forbidden from using the phones while driving. The building-materials manufacturer is trying to convince employees to “own” their unsafe behavior.

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Most incidents of workplace violence could have been prevented. A supportive workplace, in fact, is one that works daily to keep violence at bay, using a three-stage strategy of primary, secondary and third-level prevention.

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Millennial norms are different. Here’s what organizations could face as they employ the Class of 2014 and beyond.

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It would be futile for ­managers to expect the colleagues of a deceased employee to go about business as usual. Here’s how HR should respond.

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Organizations waste most of the time and money they spend on training because most rely on outdated training ideas and boring methods.

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A survey of chief financial officers by Robert Half reveals that fewer than one-third fret that a mass exodus of experienced, mature employees could leave the company without leaders and legacy knowledge.

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It’s not too early for the Newark, N.J., office of the Patton Boggs law firm to start planning its annual holiday celebrations—because it throws two separate parties every December.

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