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The HR Specialist

Despite low unemployment, employer payrolls are expected to increase only 3% in 2018, according to recent surveys. That’s in line with pay raises employers have been handing out for the last several years.
What is changing, however, is how employers are paying workers.

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HR pros complain all the time that the top brass in their organizations don’t value the HR function. A panel of three chief executive officers who spoke at The HR Specialist Summit in Las Vegas in September understand that frustration.

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Americans’ ratings of their standard of living are on pace to be the best in 10 years.

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A hot economy, an evolving legal landscape and changing views about marijuana use have employers asking a once-unthinkable question: Is it time to drop pot from the list of drugs targeted by workplace testing programs?

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Leave donation programs allow employees to donate their paid leave time to colleagues who are dealing with a catastrophic illness, personal emergency, or natural disaster, allowing the time to recover while still drawing a paycheck.

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The Senate voted Sept. 25 to confirm the nomination of William Emanuel to fill the final seat on the National Labor Relations Board, giving Republicans a 3-2 majority that is likely to hold until at least 2020.

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Be sure to document the reason why you treat some employees differently than others. For example, if employees can’t take leave until they have completed a probationary period, clearly explain that in your handbook.

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The health insurance “offer rate” for all but the smallest employers increased in 2017.

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In an important case that could carve out new rights for new mothers, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that employees returning to work after giving birth may be entitled to light-duty work to accommodate the need to express breast milk for their babies.

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If the EEOC wins a pending lawsuit, be prepared to amend any policy that unequivocally calls for firing employees who can’t return to work after they have used up all their leave. If you don’t, you could find yourself in the crosshairs of the EEOC litigation team.

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