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The OT Rule:
Now What?
HRE spoke with a former acting administrator of the Department of Labor's wage and hour division to find out how HR leaders should proceed after a federal court judge struck down the Obama-era overtime rule.
Using Data to Break Barriers
With the upcoming release of a recruitment barriers analysis tool, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission gives HR a new way to evaluate the employment life cycle for potential barriers.
Targeting Toxic Environments
A recent study finds antagonistic behavior persisting in the workplace, with 20 percent of employees saying they've been subjected to a hostile or threatening social environment at work in the past year. What can HR do to curb this conduct?
Bringing Predictability to Scheduling
Seeking to protect workers from unpredictable scheduling practices, Oregon becomes the first state to pass "fair workweek" legislation. Critics of the law say government-mandated solutions "ignore the realities" of what it takes to run a business.
OSHA's Reporting Reduction
What effect will the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's recently announced reduction in the reporting of workplace fatalities have on safety efforts for employees?
Zeroing In on Zero Tolerance
A recent court ruling on Connecticut's medical marijuana law may affect employers around the country, experts say, including those operating in the growing number of states that also provide affirmative employment protections for users.
The ABCs of ETFs
While exchange-traded fund assets have been growing in popularity among individual investors, employers have been slow to include them in retirement-plan offerings. Here's what plan fiduciaries need to know before adding them as an option for employees.
Handling PTSD with Care
Recent case decisions show that employers must be prepared to handle a variety of issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder, especially if they want to avoid hefty damages.
Screening's Sorry State
New research finds that most HR professionals lack confidence in their organizations' processes for screening entry-level hires.
Interviewing After Hours
One CEO has gained attention for sending text messages to prospective hires at night and on the weekend, in search of employees "who are always thinking" about work. Will we see other companies turning to similar tests to evaluate job candidates? And would that be a good idea?
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