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The HR Specialist

What if you suddenly discovered the labor pool had completely dried up and no one would ever apply for your job openings again?

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Americans’ confidence in their 401(k) plans took a big hit in the economic collapse of 2008. Then, 54% thought they could fund retirement via their 401(k)s. Now, less than half do.

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No longer are lawyers filing lawsuits containing one simple claim. Instead, you’re more likely these days to face a complaint with several claims, including charges that target executives and supervisors separately and personally.

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Things didn’t exactly go according to plan for a man who attempted to rob a Florida bank in April.

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Employers can expect more whistle-blower cases to be heard as unfair labor practices charges now that the National Labor Relations Board and OSHA have agreed to cooperate when employees file late safety-related complaints.

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The Department of Labor has issued a new proposed model notice of continuation coverage rights under COBRA. It’s similar to previous versions you may have used, but emphasizes that separated workers might be better off seeking health insurance from state or federal Health Insurance Marketplaces than purchasing COBRA coverage through your plan.

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With the economy improving, your employees have more options to jump ship. The warning signs that someone is about to leave aren’t always what you’d expect.

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Recently sacked New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson might be looking ahead to new professional opportunities, but a sign of her tenure at the helm of the “Grey Lady” will always be behind her.

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The St. Louis Rams’ decision to draft openly gay football player Michael Sam could help advance Missouri legislation that would include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics under state law. So says Dara Strickland, an employment law attorney and president of the LGBT Community Center of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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More employers are having applicants sit down with key employees whose opinions they trust. Here are the pros and cons.

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