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Baseball HR: It’s Not a Game (But It Is Unique)

August 15th, 2014

Indians' ball field logoWhat’s it like to be a human resources professional with a baseball team?

For starters, it’s certainly not all about rubbing shoulders with the players and being paid to watch ball games.

It’s a lot like other organizations, says David Mraz, a compensation management & legal compliance HR professional with the Cleveland Indians.

On the other hand, “It’s a unique experience. Only 30 organizations in the country do what we do!” Read the rest of this entry »

For Want of A Chair, An Employer Goes Back to Court

June 27th, 2014

Not being able to sit for extended periods of time may be a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal appeals court ruled. Overruling a lower court, the appeals judges said a worker may be considered disabled requiring the employer to provide an accommodation even if the person can sometimes sit. The lower court decided a disability required the worker to be utterly unable to sit in order to qualify as a “substantial limitation of a major life activity,” the disability definition under the ADA. The case might never have reached the point it did had the worker’s employer, Banco Industrial de Venezuela, C.A. (BIV), provided her the ergonomic chair she requested and offered to pay for herself. Instead, the employer didn’t respond, then dithered, demanding ever more medical documentation. HR.BLR.com

Hiring Demand for HR Professionals Is On the Rise

June 12th, 2014

Indeed HR jobs 5.2014With payrolls growing and the economy improving, demand for human resource professionals is rising. Online postings for all types of human resource jobs increased 10% from last year, with more than 50,000 — and perhaps as many as 55,000 — advertised on career sites and elsewhere at the end of May.

Wanted Analytics, which found about 51,000 HR jobs online, said the most commonly advertised position was for HR manager, followed by recruiter, generalist, director, and coordinator, the latter typically an entry-level position. Read the rest of this entry »

When Love Blooms, Know What the Company Rules Are

February 14th, 2014

Don't forget Valentine's day!“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Browning Barrett meant that figuratively. Human Resources, at so many employers, take that literally, compiling the dos and don’ts of office romance and incorporating them into the company handbook.

The Society for Human Resource Management surveyed HR professionals last fall about this very subject finding 42% of companies have written or verbal rules about love and dating between co-workers. Though it can be awkward (or become awkward should the romance not work out), most policies tolerate co-workers of equal rank having a relationship. Nearly every one of them (99%) said love been the boss and a direct report is strictly against policy. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Bowl Monday: A National Holiday?

February 4th, 2014

Super Bowl 48Was the office a little emptier yesterday than usual? Did it seem more people showed up late?

For that you can thank (or blame) the Super Bowl, and the overindulging that typifies so many of the parties.

The Workforce Institute, the research arm of Kronos, the time clock and HR technology company, did a survey in 2008 discovering that something like 1.5 million more than usual workers in the U.S. call in sick on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Another 4.4 million show up late. If you suspect that most of these no-shows are men, you are correct. And the majority are between 18 and 34. Read the rest of this entry »

Now Is A High Risk Time For Employee Turnover

January 30th, 2014

“To everything there is a season,” the late Pete Seeger wrote in a song that topped the charts in the sixties. It’s just as true in recruiting in the 21st century, says Kazim Ladimeji. And right now we’re in the new budget season where companies are adding staff and filling vacancies left empty until year end. That means it’s also a time when your top talent is at risk of being hired away. Now is one of the high risk periods, says Ladimeji, “when talent is far more ready to leave.” There are two others he identifies in his post, recommending that supervisors and HR professionals should “make sure to schedule stay interviews and engagement initiatives around these periods to mitigate unwanted voluntary turnover.” Recruiter.com

New Unemployment Rules Will Hurt For ‘Non-Responses’

January 28th, 2014

It’s a not uncommon practice among employers to allow a fired worker to collect unemployment benefits in exchange for them signing an agreement waiving their right to sue. Technically, the employers agrees not to contest the request for benefits, and simply ignores the state agency’s request for information.  Now, states are empowered to take action against employers who routinely ignore the requests. A provision of the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 gave states until last October to adopt laws that can result in punishing employers who simply ignore the information requests. The penalties range from dinging an employer’s experience ratings raising their premiums to criminal penalties.  HRMorning

What If You Threw Away the Employee Handbook?

January 6th, 2014

Netflix HR slidesWhat if you cut in half your company handbook? What if the handbook mostly required “adultlike behavior” on the part of employees? What if your company travel policy was a mere five words long: “Act in (the company’s) best interests”?

Chaos. Uncertainty. Inconsistency. Anything goes. You name it.

Now let’s eliminate the bureaucracy of the annual (or semi-annual or quarterly) performance review. Suppose we also eliminate Performance Improvement Plans. And for good measure, we’ll eliminate the annual performance bonus. If you want stock options, we’ll take the cost of them out of your pay.

If you’re wondering what crazy kind of company would do those things, look no further than the TV. The company is NetFlix. Read the rest of this entry »

Average HR Pay Rose 3.6% This Year

December 12th, 2013

Cash comp for non-exec HR jobs 2013The median compensation for all HR positions rose an average of 3.6% in 2013. That’s counting bonuses and incentives, as well as actual weekly paychecks.  The increase for all workers in the U.S. is pegged at 3%, so HR professionals did a little better than the national average. HR executives, especially those with skills  in labor relations, talent management and safety, got the biggest raises ranging up to 13.2%.  HR generalists saw their total comp averaging $74,700 this year, an increase of 3.8% over 2012.
Those with additional skills earned more, in some cases 50% more than generalists. For instance, HR professionals who deal with executive compensation issues on average earned $110,700. Entry-level pay, though generally significantly less than for specialists and experienced generalists, saw some big jumps, depending on the industry. For those in the nursing healthcare, HR entry level pay took an average 41.9% jump to $61,600, Society for Human Resource Management

Here’s What Has HR Professionals Worrying

November 21st, 2013

Cathy HulseyWhat keeps HR professionals up at night? The Affordable Care Act and talent management, says Cathy Hulsey, vice president of HR with credit union services firm EPL, Inc. As surprising as it may seem, Hulsey argues that these two issues are intertwined. Look closer though, and it’s clear that one aspect of attracting and retaining the best workers is the benefits a company offers.  “To overcome the skills gap and attract qualified talent in this highly competitive marketplace, HR professionals recommend enhancing healthcare benefits and touting retirement savings and planning perks,” writes Hulsey. Credit Union Times