Weekend Roundup: Benefits Expanding Beyond Health to Volunteering, Financial Planning

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Across the U.S. there has been a boom in wellness trends. From our grocery carts to fitness watches, Americans are becoming more interested in maintaining their health and overall well-being. In HR, this has translated to an expansion of benefits for larger companies, according to a study by Fidelity Investments. These new trends include overall health and wellness, financial planning, and community volunteering opportunities.

 

The survey included responses from 141 large and midsize corporations throughout the U.S, and respondents were asked ...

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Weekend Roundup: Businesses May Not Ask New Hires for Green Cards

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A recent lawsuit against a Miami-based pizzeria franchise is a reminder to business from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that employers can be penalized for asking for specific work authorization or identity documents from newly hired employees.

 

The employer was asking for specific documents during the employment verification process, according to the DOJ. The company settled the claims in order to resolve an investigation of allegations that managers asked foreign-born legal residents to produce green cards as proof of employment ...

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Weekend Roundup: New Hires Most Likely to Leave When Expectations Not Met

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Have you lost any new recruits lately? A new survey conducted by Korn Ferry found that 25 percent of all newly hired workers leave within their first six months. The survey also found that the majority of these new hires leave when their role doesn’t meet their expectations.

 

The survey attempted to find the root cause of why new hires leave within only a few months. Nearly one-fifth of respondent said that their new hires leave because they didn’t like the ...

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Your Quick Guide to Ban-the-Box Laws

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Did you know that the Austin City Council recently passed a Ban-the-Box ordinance, which prohibits most employers from asking questions about or considering an individual’s criminal history until after making a conditional offer of employment? Similar legislation is being enacted in other cities and states across the country, including Portland, Ore. and New York City. Ban-the-Box” laws. Also commonly known as fair-chance hiring laws, these are measures taken to remove the section or “checkbox” from job applications that asks applicants if they ...

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6 Email Etiquette Mistakes You’re Making Every Day

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We’ve all had that feeling. You click “send” on an email and instantly notice that you’ve included typos, replied to all, or forgotten to include an attachment. What’s worse, is how many mistakes we make without even noticing. There are many small mistakes that are easy to miss when composing emails.

Using email etiquette and proper grammar will go a long way in helping you to maintain your professional reputation. There are a few measures you can take to ensure that ...

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Disconnecting Becomes Legal Right for Employees In France

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France is leading the way in the “right to disconnect” for employees. As of January 2017, companies with 50 or more employees will be required to negotiate contracts with unions that provide the right for employees to disconnect, which restricts employers from requiring employees to access and respond to work-related emails and calls.

The new measure stems from claims by employees of stress, burn-out, poor health, and detrimental impacts on personal and family life, according to SHRM. These claims can ...

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5 Low-Cost Ways to Motivate Your Team

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Team motivation is integral to keeping employees engaged and happy at your company. You might think that motivation only comes from one thing: salary increases. That’s not the case, however. While raises are an important part of employee happiness, there are other ways to motivating your team throughout the year.

Studies have even shown that happy employees are 12 percent more productive. As a leader, it’s up to you to keep your employees engaged. While large companies may have more ...

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OSHA Enforcement Updates You Need to Know: A Weekend Roundup

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Federal regulations governing the workplace could be up for major changes in 2017. President Donald Trump and GOP members of Congress have made statements promising to cut back on many regulations, and many of the cuts would target workplace safety rules and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement. Recent actions from members of Congress have suggested that Republican leaders will follow through on these promises. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has stated, however, that they are continuing with ...

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