The HR Specialist

Some companies in notoriously high-pressure industries are making what seems like counterintuitive hiring moves: To improve productivity, they’re seeking employees who they know are willing to stop and smell the roses.

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If you operate in a jurisdiction that has “banned the box,” it is time to revamp your hiring process to ensure that applicants are not asked about criminal history until offered a job.

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The Department of Labor’s update to the Fair Labor Standards Act guarantees overtime rights for many more salaried workers.

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Employers can offer incentives worth up to 30% of premium costs to encourage employees and their spouses to provide health information as part of an employer-sponsored wellness program.

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New York has moved forward with a new, higher minimum wage and paid family leave.

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Most believe their workplace is safe but still think emergencies could pose a problem, according to survey.

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If the new employee is better than half of the existing staff, your organization has just gotten better. If not, unfortunately, your organization just got worse.

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At some point, providing more leave interferes with performance of the job’s essential functions. That point is easily reached when the employee demands unlimited sick days as an accommodation.

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Retail giant Target, based in Min­ne­apolis, has become a flashpoint in the culture wars over the suddenly urgent issue of transgender bathroom use.

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The buzz in Washington suggests the new Department of Labor rules on white-collar overtime will be released within days.

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