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► 4 Ways to Take the Bias Out of Performance Reviews

June 25, 2019

Researchers at Stanford University have recently found that despite a lack of gender differences in objective performance metrics (e.g., grades, fitness scores, or class standing) and decades of equal opportunity efforts, the language used to describe women hurts their advancement opportunities. ...

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► IRS Proposes Major Revisions to Form W-4 for 2020

June 24, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a draft Form W-4 for use in tax year 2020, which includes significant changes designed to further implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in December 2017. The redesigned Form W-4 no longer uses the concept of withholding ...

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► DOL Issues Long-Awaited Proposed FLSA Amendments

June 21, 2019

Since late 2016, when the Obama administration's proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) amendments were challenged and eventually struck down in court, the business world has been waiting for what would come next. In March, the current U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its proposed ...

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► What to Do About Workplace Risk Factors for Alcohol Abuse

June 17, 2019

Do you associate alcohol addiction with workplace events, like a group of coworkers at a happy hour on a Friday afternoon? No, but perhaps you should. Nearly 50 million Americans struggle with addiction, and alcohol is the most common culprit. Drinking is pervasive throughout our culture, with ...

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► IRS Raises HSA & HDHP Dollar Limits for 2020

June 14, 2019

The annual contribution limits for health savings accounts (HSAs) are going up in 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced May 28. The minimum deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket limits for an HSA-eligible high-deductible health plan (HDHP) also will be increased for inflation, ...

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► Severance Packages: How to Use Them to Manage Problem Employees

June 12, 2019

From time to time, employers may be faced with the opportunity to “outsource” an employee’s talent to their competition. This article covers some strategies for accomplishing such a maneuver while reducing the risks to the company. By Bryan R. Cokeley, Attorney Basics ...

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► States & Cities with Salary History Bans (Infographic Map)

June 3, 2019

Salary history bans continue to gain in popularity across the United States. Over 10 states and half a dozen cities have enacted laws that prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicants’ prior or current compensation. On the flip side, however, is one state that is going against the ...

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► What All Top HR Managers Have in Common

May 27, 2019

Effective Human Resource departments are not necessarily noticed when operations go well. Some of the best HR managers can influence corporate culture without having a direct hand in the daily goings-on. By Kayla Matthews That doesn’t mean that HR managers and personnel aren’t ...

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► EEOC Regains Quorum But Key Vacancies & Questions Remain

May 24, 2019

The Senate’s confirmation of Janet Dhillon to take a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) means the agency has a quorum—for now—but the five-member commission still has two vacancies, and the term of one of the current members expires on July 1. Dhillon, ...

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► The Delicate Balance of Managing Political Speech at Work

May 22, 2019

HR professionals have the responsibility to enforce workplace rules, promote cooperation, insist on civility and respect, and—most of all—remind folks they are on one team, at least in the workplace. Meanwhile, another election season is imminent. How do you keep people working ...

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