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According to a recent Newsweek study, in the year 2000, 22% of resumes were submitted via email or posted on the web.  In 2014, over 90% of resumes were posted online or sent via email.  The new trend has come with new risks: 76% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address before ever being reviewed!   Content provided by TPCHR HR Support Center

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Implications of This Week’s Supreme Court Decisions for Employers

Affordable Care Act Status Quo Maintained In a 6-3 decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the subsidies provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At issue in the case, King v. Burwell, was whether a specific phrase in the ACA limited the availability of subsidies to help individuals pay for health insurance coverage to state-established exchanges. The majority of states have exchanges established by the federal government rather than by the state. If the Supreme Court had ruled that the ACA prohibits subsidies in federally-established exchanges, the insurance coverage mandated by the ACA would have become unaffordable for many people in these states. Most commentators agreed that

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Diversity: So Much More Than Just a Buzzword

Nowadays, diversity has moved beyond meaning fairness and equal treatment and has become synonymous with success. Forward-thinking companies are finding that a diverse employee population delivers a multitude of benefits — including a boost to their bottom lines. Consider these impressive statistics from a recent report by McKinsey & Company, Diversity Matters, which examined proprietary data sets for 366 public companies across a range of industries in Canada, Latin America, the U.K., and the U.S.: Gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. Ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to have financi

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Strategic Management of Vacation Requests

You want to support employees by providing the opportunity for work/life harmony, but you also have customers to service and a business to run. Sometimes it is difficult to juggle multiple vacation requests around popular vacation times, especially during the summer months and other holiday times throughout the year. Below we have provided a few tips, suggestions and best practices to help you strike the right balance based on your organization’s typical activity model. “Peak and Valley” Employers – A Peak and Valley employer is one in which there are historically predictable increases and decreases in activity level throughout the year. Extreme examples include tax preparation firm

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Bring Your Child To Work Day – April 23rd

Thursday, April 23rd is National Bring Your Child to Work Day (BYCTWD). This day was originally designed to bring daughters to work to teach young women about careers and occupational opportunities. Today, this has evolved into a learning event to teach all children about the workplace and to give them a better understanding of what Mom or Dad does all day. Before you decide to participate in this learning event, it is important to take several issues into consideration, including productivity, client service, and safety. Productivity – Productivity will certainly take a major hit on Bring Your Child to Work Day. Much of each employee’s day will be spent teaching and providing supervis

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Increase to Exempt Status Salary Requirement Proposed

Yesterday evening, President Obama proposed an increase to the overtime salary threshold, revealing the main aspect of the upcoming proposed rule changes for the white collar exemptions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the president, the annual salary requirement for an employee to be considered exempt will increase from $23,660 to $50,440. This more-than-doubling of the salary requirement would mean that approximately five million workers who are currently exempt from overtime and minimum wage requirements would no longer qualify for an exemption. Once the proposed rules are officially released, there will be a public comment period of 60 days. The Department of

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The Right (And Wrong) Way to Let Employees Go

Companies spend a lot of time and money focusing on their onboarding process — and with good reason. Hiring is incredibly time- and resource-intensive, and turnover is expensive. A great onboarding process helps improve performance and retention. However, even though it frequently gets much less attention, offboarding is just as critical to workforce management and business success. Creating a positive offboarding experience has several benefits that include protecting future relationships and your company’s property. Maintain positive relationships Remember that even though an employee may move on, he or she won’t be saying goodbye forever. Many employees leave positions for positi

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Summer Workplace Activities

Summer is quickly approaching! It’s that time of year when you start to dust off your grill, coordinate that river or poolside vacation, and crank “Surfin’ USA” on your commute to work. It’s also a fantastic time for employers to brainstorm seasonal activities to strengthen the company culture and keep workers refreshed and engaged. Annual company picnics are classic (and delicious), but there are other ways to bolster employee relationships and ultimately enhance the identity of your workplace. Start by thinking about your company. What is the personality or general character of your organization? What are your values? How are they reflected in the day-to-day operations of your

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How to Keep Millennial Employees from Job Hopping

Millennials are a firmly-entrenched part of today’s workforce, and their presence is expanding: Millennials are expected to make up 75% of the U.S. workforce by year 2030. Statistics like this make it essential for your clients to understand this group of employees and what it takes to keep them engaged. Millennials bring valuable skill sets to any work team: they’re tech-savvy, social media experts, skilled at multi-tasking, and collaboration-oriented. But for all the great skills this generation brings to the workforce, they also carry a reputation for job hopping. In fact, the average millennial will change jobs every two years. This job-hopping phenomenon among workers ages 18 to 3

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Updated FMLA “Spouse” Definition

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule that changes the spousal eligibility under the FMLA. Eligibility will now be decided based on whether the marriage was legal in the state in which it was performed as opposed to the prior rule which looked at whether the marriage was legal in the state in which the employee resides. In response to this rule change, employers should ensure that they are properly defining “spouse” for all employees who are in same sex marriages and common law marriages. If the same sex marriage or the common law marriage was entered into in a state where it is legal, employers should treat those spouses as eligible spouses for FMLA purposes even if those uni

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