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The HR Specialist

According to a new survey, 89% of U.S. employees would be willing to trade some of their salary to work at a company whose values match their own—a big chunk of their salaries in some cases.

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In March 1998, only half of Americans considered workplace sexual harassment a “major” problem. Now 69% do.

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Management-side employment lawyer John Ring is in the final stages of White House vetting to replace National Labor Relations Chair Philip Miscimarra, whose term ends Dec. 16.

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Tales of sexual harassment from Hollywood to Washington have HR departments everywhere pondering the worst-case scenario: What if someone has been harassing co-workers for years? That ticking time bomb could go off at any time.

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The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed rule affecting Fair Labor Standards Act tip regulations that would give employers more options for sharing tips among more employees.

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Employers may perceive flex schedules as a key retention tool, but they’re no longer shy about insisting that day-to-day productivity can’t suffer because of an employee’s altered schedule.

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Cost growth has averaged just 3.3% annually over the past five years, compared to 6.2% over the prior five-year period.

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Just don’t feel like going into work today? You’re not alone, but be careful what you tell the boss. They’ve heard all the excuses.

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A little appreciation can go a long way with employees. This holiday season, remind supervisors to stuff their employees’ stockings with a simple “thank you” for a year of loyal service.

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Informal employment inquiries can sometimes lead to failure-to-hire lawsuits. The best way to avoid such litigation is to set up a clear application process and tell all potential applicants that this is the only way they can apply.

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Most organizations continue to use formal performance appraisals to assess how employees are doing and determine how much to pay them.

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If you let some employees work from home, allow it for everyone in the same position, under the same terms and conditions. Otherwise, you may find yourself facing a discrimination claim—unless you have concrete, work-related reasons for excluding some employees.

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More than 106,000 HR practitioners have received the Society for Human Resource Management’s certified professional and senior certified professional credentials since they were created in January 2015.

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Unless an employee directly identifies her affiliation with her employer, most social media posts and tweets don’t violate company policies. Therefore, a state court recently concluded, they don’t constitute misconduct.

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More than one in three American women—35%—say they have been sexually harassed at work, according to a new survey conducted by Marist University for NPR and PBS.

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A new study of employment practices disputes and litigation by Hiscox insurance researchers found that businesses in Washington, D.C., Delaware, Nevada, New Mexico and California face the highest risk of being sued by their employees when compared to the national average.

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The Department of Labor under Secretary Alex Acosta is aggressively trying to recover back pay for workers who claim they’re being stiffed by employers that violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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 E-reporting for organizations with 250 or more employees was to have begun Dec. 1, but the compliance deadline has been pushed back to Dec. 15. 

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The EEOC has been told to deemphasize collecting compensation data from employers—but that doesn’t mean it stopped aggressively pursuing Equal Pay Act and Title VII sex discrimination in pay cases.

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When she was getting her Denver product branding firm off the ground, Design and Image founder Deborah Williams couldn’t afford to give big holiday bonuses to her eight employees. Instead, she gave something almost as valuable: a book of coupons redeemable for work/life balance during the year.

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