The HR Specialist

Last year, three large employers learned that there are many wrong ways to perform employee background checks. Canon Solutions America, retailer Dollar General and the Publix supermarket chain all wrote big checks to former job applicants as a result of technical errors in their background investigation policies.

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Women invest 6% to 12% more than men in defined contribution plans such as 401(k)s, according to the Vanguard investment firm’s “2014 How America Saves” report.

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Pay-for-performance continues to define U.S. employers’ compensation strategies. According to a new study by the WorldatWork nonprofit, 72% of 600 organizations surveyed report that they directly tie pay raises to job performance—and 67% say their best employees earn increases that are 1.5 times higher than those of average workers.

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Twenty-seven percent of HR pros say their employers are looking to hire more HR pros this year. That’s up from 20% in January 2014. Here’s who they’re looking for.

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The Obama administration has released a new guide for employers that compiles key federal resources related to the employment of people with disabilities.

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Do you have clear policies stating that employees can’t work off the clock, must record all hours worked and must report to HR any supervisor who demands early clock-outs? Good! However, that doesn’t mean you’re immune to a wage-and-hour lawsuit.

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A Harris Poll of 2,255 U.S. adults found us making these money-related resolutions for 2015.

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The EEOC received 88,778 charges in fiscal year 2014, marking the fourth straight year of declines after a record-setting 99,922 charges were filed in FY2010. The 2014 total is a 5.3% decrease compared to 2013, and an 11.1% drop since 2010.

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A case of alleged transgender discrimination in Texas has prompted New York’s attorney general to launch an investigation into the HR practices of the entire Saks Fifth Avenue retail chain.

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The U.S. Department of Labor stands to gain far more than most federal agencies in the White House’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal released Feb. 2. President Obama’s budget would increase DOL funding by almost 11% next year, compared to an average of 5.3% for other federal agencies.

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