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Use Your HCM For Data Sharing

The Power Of Data Sharing With An HCM Modern business owners recognize the importance of data storage. In order to successfully run an organization in any industry, you must have a viable way to collect information that is relevant, especially when focusing on internal needs. As our corporate needs evolve, so too does our reliance on how we view data storage. Savvy entrepreneurs understand that when it comes to internal operations, it's not just about collecting information; the real power of data, the very lifeblood of any organization, comes from successfully sharing it to relevant employees across all functions, departments, and branches. A key resource for effective data sharing is an i

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Sexual Orientation Protected in Employment, According to Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal

On April 4th, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal Appellate Court to rule that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sex includes sexual orientation. The Court’s ruling creates law only in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Every other Circuit Court of Appeals, except for the Ninth Circuit, has ruled that the term sex in Title VII does not include sexual orientation; these rulings were issued between 1979 and 2012. Federal Courts of Appeal often try to align their rulings with the decisions of the other Circuits. However, the Seventh Circuit decided that it was time to take a fresh look at this question in light of the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision

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Partner With A Professional Staffing Team

Why You Should Partner With Staffing Professionals During This Historic Unemployment Low According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the country hit a 4.7 percent unemployment rate in February 2017. The past several months have all reflected this low unemployment trend, putting us in line with rates not seen in roughly a decade. And these are just the national averages; some individual states are experiencing historic lows in their unemployment. While a bustling economy full of active workers is an excellent sign, many employers are suddenly noticing a major upheaval in their recruiting efforts. Just a few short years ago, any open position would instantly get flooded with applicants. H

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A Guide to Drug Testing and Drug-Free Workplaces in the Era of “Legal” Marijuana

With medical and recreational marijuana use becoming legal in more states nationwide, you may be wondering what kind of drug-testing policy your business should have. The answer to that question depends on several factors: the types of jobs that are done and the degree to which they’re safety-sensitive, legal requirements that may apply to your business, and your company culture. In this article, we’ll give you a general overview of these considerations so you can determine what policy is right for your organization. Prohibiting Drug Use Many employers opt for a no tolerance or other very strict policy to help ensure a workplace free of drugs. Employers who choose or are required t

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Sexual Orientation Protected in Employment, According to Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Yesterday the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal Appellate Court to rule that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sex includes sexual orientation. The Court’s ruling creates law only in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Every other Circuit Court of Appeals, except for the Ninth Circuit, has ruled that the term sex in Title VII does not include sexual orientation; these rulings were issued between 1979 and 2012. Federal Courts of Appeal often try to align their rulings with the decisions of the other Circuits. However, the Seventh Circuit decided that it was time to take a fresh look at this question in light of the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in O

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The Real Costs of Employee Turnover—And How to Measure Them

Employee turnover is expensive—more so than you might think. According to a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, the average cost-per-hire is $4,129. However, turnover costs can vary depending on the length of time it takes to fill the role, the importance of the position to the employer, and the employer’s industry. Some costs are easily calculable, such as those of recruiting, hiring, and onboarding. Other costs can be difficult to measure, such as the impact of a termination on employee engagement. Easily measurable or not, all these costs hurt your bottom line. Fortunately, many of the costs of turnover can be measured and predicted, so you can budget for em

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HR Tip of the Month

Make sure you’re calculating overtime on workweek basis, not a pay period basis. Non-exempt employees must be paid time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek, regardless of total hours worked in the pay period. The workweek is the 7-day, 168-hour period during which you track employee time to see if anyone has worked more than 40 hours and is therefore entitled to overtime. For instance, many companies set their workweek to begin at 12:00 am Sunday morning and end the following Saturday at midnight. Your workweek shouldn’t fluctuate, and your employees should be aware of when it starts and ends (hopefully, that’s in your handbook!). The most common error we see he

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Disadvantages Of Borrowing Against A 401K

5 Reasons To Never Borrow Against Your 401K We have all heard various investment strategists discuss the benefits of borrowing from our 401k plans. Lower interest rates and paying yourself back (with interest!) are the two biggest benefits to this type of loan. While it may seem like a sound borrowing technique, there can be some significant negative effects of taking out a participant loan on your long-term retirement savings plan. Knowing the risks can help you make the right decision for your situation. Here are 5 reasons to never borrow against your 401k. Plan Savings Come To A Halt Most retirement plans have stipulations that prevent borrowers from making additional contribution

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Healthcare Reform Update

Efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have so far been unsuccessful. The House Republicans' “repeal and replace” bill – the American Health Care Act – was intensely debated but withdrawn on March 24 because it did not have sufficient support. President Trump has indicated that a new healthcare reform bill will not be coming soon. However, this does not mean another effort could not be initiated by legislators. As we reported in January, President Trump’s first Executive Order signaled the administration’s agenda with respect to healthcare. That Order directed agencies to ease the economic burden of the ACA by not applying penalties when doing so was at the discret

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HR Tip of the Month

If you don’t already have a policy on employee cell phone use at work, you might want to consider it. Even a very simple policy can be a useful tool when dealing with employees who are more involved with their phones during the day than you would like. Text such as this could do the trick: “Personal cell phone use should be held to a reasonable limit. Reasonableness will be determined by management.” More elaborate or restrictive policies may be implemented as well, but be sure not to run afoul of the National Labor Relations Act (see Q&A). As with any policy, you’ll want to make sure your managers are able and prepared to enforce it consistently and fairly and set a good exam

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