Month: June 2022

​Austin, Texas, has taken a significant step in combating hair discrimination. In June, Austin City Council approved the “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” (CROWN) Act. The resolution aims to eliminate discrimination based on hair texture or hairstyle that results in a denial of basic civil rights, including educational, housing and employment
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​On June 2, British Columbia’s (BC’s) Bill 10—2022: Labor Relations Code Amendment Act, 2022, received Royal Assent and took effect. Under the new amendments, the BC Labor Relations Code allows single-step certification of unions when the union can demonstrate support of 55 percent or more of the bargaining unit. This is not the first time BC has operated under a
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“Ageism is the last acceptable prejudice in America,” said TV personality Bill Maher many years ago. Maher has railed against ageism when it comes to dismissing older Americans. He often reminds viewers that the United States puts too much emphasis on youth.  “You’re beautiful when you’re young,” he has said. “You’re wise when you’re old.” 
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​On June 24, moments after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in a concurring opinion that the court should reconsider Griswold v. Connecticut, Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell v. Hodges—the rulings that protect contraception, same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage. Thomas argued that the constitution’s Due Process Clause does not
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With a volatile market, exorbitant inflation, and rising costs on necessities from groceries to gas, employers are rethinking their hiring strategy, and some have even rescinded offers. Among them are Twitter, Redfin, and Turnberry. WATCH: HR Tech Live Many of these organizations are in the tech sector, which is experiencing challenges that are causing them
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​Germany’s so-called Confirmation Act obliges employers to hand out to their employees a written confirmation of the essential contractual terms and conditions. Directive No. 2019/1152 of the European Union on transparent and foreseeable work conditions extends the obligations to provide written confirmation and is to be transposed into national law by Aug. 1. The corresponding
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​On April 21, the Alberta government introduced Bill 17, the Labor Statutes Amendment Act, 2022, which expands leaves under the Employment Standard Code (the ESC), effective May 31. Bill 17 also amends the Labor Relations Code to allow postsecondary representatives to continue representing members in collective bargaining indefinitely. These changes are scheduled to take effect on July 1. Bereavement Leave
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​Mentoring is a key practice designed to increase knowledge transfer among employees. Given our global economy, many mentoring relationships these days are taking place in an international context between colleagues from different national cultures. When creating an international mentoring program, it’s important to pay attention to the role of culture to make sure these relationships
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Respondents to the latest State of HR report list burnout as the greatest consequence of the pandemic. In fact, the Great Resignation lingers, in part, because the burnout has gotten worse. Now, companies are facing inflation, the yanking of job offers, and the possibility of layoffs. While they are tightening their belts and being far
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The pandemic was supposed to have ushered in a revolution in the workplace that made work from home (WFH) opportunities ubiquitous and normalized. But months after COVID-19 vaccines and a less lethal variant has made the pandemic in the United States more manageable, employers are demanding workers return to the office (RTO), and a series
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​In commemoration of Juneteenth, some companies are committing to hire at-risk youth. American Family Insurance and Delta Air Lines, among others, are joining a program funded by Walmart and backing the mission to decrease workplace racial inequity by hiring young adults who have been affected by the criminal justice system. The program, called Unlock Potential,
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Juneteenth is the newest federal holiday on the U.S. calendar, which means some HR leaders added it among the days off for their employees. Many of these holidays are tracked on compensation and benefits platforms, among the most common kind of HR tech.  WATCH: HR Tech Live In any case, Juneteenth commemorates the end of
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