Many Supervisors Guilty of Seven Deadly Sins, Poll Finds

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One of the key tenets of effective management and happy employees is for managers to lead by example. It’s especially difficult to lead staff effectively and call on them to work hard if they don’t respect their manager for not exhibiting the traits that the boss expects of his or her workers. A study by Florida State University shines the light on what employees think of their managers by focusing on how guilty they are of the time-honored seven deadly sins. Researchers, who polled 750 mid-level employees, said workplaces are seeing increased levels of hostility due in large part to…
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New California Law Imposes Additional Requirements For Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

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The #MeToo Movement is proving to have a lasting effect not just on Hollywood, but the legislative landscape for employers in California. New regulatory changes taking effect in 2019 have many employers looking for access to training and resources to navigate the added requirements. The Changes Under SB 1343, employers with 5 or more employees must have all staff complete at least one hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Education by the end of 2019. Employees in supervisory roles will be required to complete at least two hours of training. These requirements are a noted increase from the previous ones in…
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The Top 5 Free Tools You Can Use to Simplify Open Enrollment

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Most human resources professionals aren’t fortunate enough to have a line item in their budget for “Open Enrollment promotion,” so you have to get creative! Having a great enrollment season requires a great deal of dedication and perseverance on the part of the HR and benefits team, and that includes finding free or inexpensive ways to encourage people to enroll early (and correctly) to receive the benefits that your organization provides. We have found that these 5 free tools are extremely effective ways to help employees understand their benefits and make their benefits decisions! 1. Create a Benefits Overview Video…
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Addressing Workplace Bullying Can Head off Lawsuits

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While poor employment practices, harassment and discrimination are coming to the forefront in the U.S., one workplace liability that organizations should not overlook is bullying. Social media trends have shined the spotlight on a variety of ways people are treated poorly, but the bullying focus has mostly been on schools and not workplaces, which can be breeding grounds for bullying as well. And workplace bullying can lead to lawsuits against your organization, in addition to possible workers’ comp claims. There has been a bit of an epiphany recently that many employment practices lawsuits concerning stress in the workplace, psychiatric injury,…
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Sexual Harassment Lawsuits: How to Protect Your Company

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By now, employers should all realize and understand that sexual harassment is illegal. However, what they might not be aware of are two 20-year-old rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that: • Expanded what is termed sexual harassment; • Expanded the responsibility that employers have to provide a work environment that’s non-hostile; and • Did away with harassed employees having to prove that their company holds some responsibility or that their career suffered from lack of promotion, firing, demotion, or other such action. Employers are now directly responsible for employee behavior, thereby giving harassed workers more recourse in bringing about…
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Rates Expected to Climb 4% in 2017 as Workers Grow Weary of Cost-shifting

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A new survey by Mercer Human Resources has found that average premiums for group health plans should increase by about 4% for 2017 after employers make plan changes like increasing deductibles and switching carriers. Employers have enjoyed health plan cost increases of about 4% or less each year since 2011. Prior to that, essentially before the Affordable Care Act became law, costs were increasing by double-digit percentages for many years. The new findings come after the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research & Educational Trust released its own employer health benefits survey, which found similar increases for this year. Premiums…
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EEOC’s Data Collection Proposal Could Spike Litigation against Employers

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A new proposal by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to collect pay data from all organizations with more than 100 employees would likely open up employers to further litigation and regulatory actions. The EEOC says it wants to use this data to identify areas of possible pay discrimination. But this fresh trove of data would likely lead to litigation by employees who feel they are underpaid compared to their colleagues, and to administrative actions, according to employment law attorneys. The commission already uses so-called EEO-1 reports to collect demographic data about employers’ workers, such as race, ethnicity, sex, and…
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Think like a risk manager to reduce your insurance costs

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All large corporations and national businesses have someone in charge of risk management, if not a whole department. But hiring a risk specialist or dedicating a number of employees to that kind of work is typically too expensive for most small and mid-sized companies. So, this risk mitigation typically is left to the business owner or the duties are spread among senior managers. One way that you can reduce the risk to your finances is to purchase appropriate insurance coverage, which can sometimes be expensive. However, if you focus on managing your company’s risks, you can do more than solely…
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Five Tips for a Successful Open Enrollment

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In light of today’s diverse and continuously evolving workforce, it’s more critical than ever that you have a targeted strategy for your open enrollment. You should not just consider open enrollment as the period that your staff chooses benefits. The way you execute and your success in boosting participation can help attract, engage and retain top talent. This makes open enrollment season – and all of your year-round benefits communications – an essential part of your overall human resources strategy. Open enrollment is your ticket to a more benefits-engaged workforce. Open enrollment’s function is to get employees signed up for…
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Changes to California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

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Less than two weeks after it took effect, California’s paid sick leave law has been changed with important amendments that affect most employers in the state. The new changes took effect immediately upon Gov. Jerry Brown signing the fixer legislation to last year’s Healthy Families Act of 2014. The new law gives employers some new flexibility in how they accrue paid sick leave. To make sure that you stay on top of the new law and understand your responsibilities, the following are the main changes: Employer standard The old law: Under the original version of the law, if an employee…
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