Gig Worker Incomes Increasing

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on June 22, 2017

At the beginning of this year, we wrote a bit about the gig economy. It’s growing in ways that just didn’t seem possible just a few short years ago. According to a recent article on HR Drive.com, the number of gig workers is estimated to reach a whopping 10 million by 2021. Some insist that one of the main reasons for such growth may be because companies are less interested in hiring workers for the … Read More »

EEOC Focuses on Age Discrimination

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on June 14, 2017

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the EEOC will be holding a meeting this week to commemorate the landmark legislation. The meeting, entitled “The ADEA @ 50 – More Relevant Now More Than Ever”, will focus on the current state of age discrimination in the U.S. workforce today and the challenges that it poses in the future The law, enacted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in December … Read More »

Some Companies Embracing Texting For Recruitment

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on June 9, 2017

While some companies frown on texting, other company HR departments and employment recruiters are taking full advantage of it. Since text messaging is he preferred communication medium among Millennials and Gen Z workers, these forward thinking organizations understand that younger workers view texting as an efficient and perfectly appropriate way to communicate. In a recent article appearing on Workforce.com, Sarah Fisher Gale cited a recent study conducted by talent acquisition software company, Yello, in which … Read More »

Protecting Transgender Workers During Transition

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on May 26, 2017

  With the new Presidential administration and a host of laws that may affect workplace protections for workers who are LGBT, of particular concern are those which support employees making the transition from one gender to another. Such support bot at both a legal and personal level should not only come from coworkers, managers and direct reports but also from HR professionals as well. In a recent interview that appeared at HRDrive.com, Ryan Golden discusses … Read More »

New Requirements for Wage Reporting

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on May 19, 2017

Women and minorities have been concerned for decades about the disparity in wages. Many employers are committed to eliminating the wage gap, but tackling it head on presents its own unique set of challenges. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers with over 100 workers will be required to provide pay data and the number of hours worked by March of 2018. Up until now, employers only needed to provide data that reflected … Read More »

ACA Repeal Passes House

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on May 12, 2017

The battle over healthcare in the United States continues to be contentious, leaving many wondering about what might come next. In a recent article which appeared in Kaiser Health News, Julie Rovner reports that in spite of opposition to the bill presented by the likes AARP, the American Cancer Society, scores of doctors, hospitals and patient advocacy groups, the House voted in favor to repeal Obamacare last week by the House of Representatives passed  with … Read More »

Construction Companies Struggle To Find Employees

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on May 5, 2017

Spring and summer are the time of year when building season begins and construction projects really begin to get underway. According to industry experts, however, there is a shortage of construction workers to help contractors get work done. In a recent article by construction attorney Russell McEwan at Workforce.com, part of the reason for the worker shortage is issues surrounding wages and compliance. These are especially important considerations for contractors that have been hired to … Read More »

Employees Unaware of Cybersecurity Risks

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on April 28, 2017

Even with increasing focus on cybersecurity issues and with recent, high profile hacks that have made major headlines in the last few years, unfortunately, most workers are blissfully unaware of what their level of exposure is.  This can be dangerous when it comes to hackers and others gaining access to their sensitive healthcare data. According to an article which appeared at Benefits Pro.com, a study was conducted by HIMSS Analytics and sponsored by Level 3 Communications, … Read More »

Full-Time HR Employees To Decline

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on April 21, 2017

According to a recent article that appeared at Employee Benefit Advisor’s website, the number of full-time HR employees is expected to decline by 1.4% 2017.  This comes after a decline in 2016 of 1.3%. This is one of the challenges that leave HR professionals behind the curve in keeping up with the demands of today’s workplace.  Among these other challenges are decreasing budgets. Of the 180 HR executives interviewed by the consulting firm, The Hackett … Read More »

Should Pet Insurance Be Part of the Benefits Package?

Posted by Kathryn Jackson on April 12, 2017

Rest assured that your employees love their pets. Pets can become members of the families that they live with, so it should come as no surprise that according to a recent article at HRDive.com, households spend some $66.75 billion on products in 2016 for their pets in the US. That number is projected to rise this year according to the American Pet Products Association. It is estimated that $69.36 billion will be spent by “pet parents” … Read More »