​On July 26, the Governing Board of Mexico’s Federal Center for Conciliation and Labor Registration unanimously approved the General Guidelines for Union Democracy Procedures, which standardize labor relations criteria for unions, companies and the Federal Labor Center itself. This document, which has gone somewhat unnoticed, addresses relevant aspects of union organizing and will be mandatory
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As of June 1, employers in Quebec became responsible for ensuring that all written communications to employees are in French. The new law delineates the circumstances when English is a permitted option. Bill 96, amending the Charter of the French Language to make French the predominant language in workplaces throughout Quebec, contains wide-ranging provisions requiring the use
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​More companies are looking to address racism in the workplace by conducting formal racial equity audits. “We have seen an increase in companies considering racial equity and civil rights audits over the last couple of years. And we expect to continue to see interest in such audits in the coming years,” said Jessica Soto, an
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​A proposed regulation by the Biden administration would once again protect transgender and other LGBTQ workers seeking health care services from discrimination. The proposed new rule would reverse a Trump-era regulation by restoring gender identity and sexual orientation as categories protected from discrimination under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination
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​On Aug. 4, the White House declared monkeypox a public health emergency. The declaration follows the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) announcement in July that monkeypox is a public health emergency of international concern. In a statement, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned of another possible outcome of the virus: stigma. “Stigma and discrimination can be
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​Offering virtual work arrangements has shown to be an effective way to support the advancement of female employees. However, there is less certainty about how to monitor the career progression of women working remotely. More than 80 percent of women rate remote work arrangements as one of the most desirable job features (compared with 69
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A debate is raging among businesspeople, economists, and everyday families about whether the United States is in a recession. HR leaders have a great interest in this subject because of the budget planning and salary expectations of employees.  The fact is that the gross domestic product (GDP) has contracted for two consecutive quarters. This is
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​The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a shift in workplace culture, forcing organizations to embrace digital transformation and adapt to new ways of working, in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Such advancements necessitate changes to the skill sets required from the workforce and the way in which firms provide their
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​An Applebee’s franchisee in Plant City, Fla., subjected a Black, gay worker to racial and homophobic epithets and then forced him to quit, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In July, Neighborhood Restaurant Partners (NRP) Florida, LLC, the restaurant operator, agreed to pay the plaintiff $100,000 in monetary
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Learning and development is a necessary part of success in business. Employees must continuously learn how to use new technology, adapt to new working conditions, fill the skills gap, and develop strong relationships. Therefore, employers must provide training and education that helps everyone stay on the cutting edge.  However, the path to enlightenment is never
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​Former employment attorney and author Jathan Janove writes for SHRM Online on how to inject greater humanity into HR compliance. He welcomes your questions and suggestions for future columns. Contact him at the e-mail address at the end of this column.  Achieving diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace continues to be a challenge for most organizations.
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​Yrthya Dinzey-Flores once worked for a media and entertainment company that was committed to enhancing their diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) efforts. But they had no data to track their progress. She and her colleagues decided to implement diversity scorecards to get a more accurate picture of their work. “It’s important to provide clarity about
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The importance of the psychological contract has risen since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Until now, psychological contracts were largely unwritten – and sometimes unspoken – expectations between employers and employees. These “contracts” include obligations and promises on the part of both parties.  In 1960, the concept of the psychological contract first
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​Employers’ diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives often overlook employees with hearing problems, according to a recent survey of about 800 employees by TruHearing, a hearing health care benefits platform in Draper, Utah. Among the workers TruHearing surveyed: 42 percent had some degree of hearing loss. 75 percent reported that their company does not offer
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The question, “What is a union?” comes up often among Human Resources professionals. It raises at once a practical and philosophical discussion. To start, those in HR should know that the definition of a labor union is an “an organized association of workers, often in a trade or profession, formed to protect and further their
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