Month: January 2023

By now, most Human Resources professionals have heard about ChatGPT, a chatbot launched by OpenAI in November 2022. Recently, OpenAI announced that Microsoft was making a multi-year, multi-billion dollar investment in the company. There’s been so much buzz about what this latest artificial intelligence tool can do and how it could potentially replace humans.  So,
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​Federal data shows that employee absences and job turnover decline when businesses provide child care. Yet onsite child care was the least frequently offered family-friendly perk in an assessment of 1,700 companies, according to a new report by research organization The Best Place for Working Parents in Fort Worth, Tex., and Southern Methodist University’s Center
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​A worker shortage in the United Kingdom has raised demand for foreign workers and, along with it, concerns about mistreatment—even modern slavery. In early 2022, Sara Thornton, the country’s anti-slavery commissioner at the time (the post has been unfilled since spring 2022), cited several exploitation risks facing migrant agricultural workers, including racism and discrimination by
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​On Jan. 10, the French prime minister presented the government’s proposal for the future of the public pension system. The part of the proposal that has gotten the most public attention is a gradual increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64. There is much more to the plan, however. Here are the significant points to note.  Measures for the Balance
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​Employee engagement has reached its lowest level since 2015, according to a new survey released by research firm Gallup. About 32 percent of the 67,000 full- and part-time employees surveyed were engaged in their work in 2022, while 18 percent were actively disengaged. Active disengagement has risen each year since 2020. The remaining respondents—50 percent—were
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​On Dec. 20, 2022, the German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG) issued two important decisions on untaken paid leave with significant implications for all employers in Germany: First, the BAG ruled that paid annual leave entitlement is not subject to the statutory three-year limitation period if the employer does not effectively allow the employees to take their annual
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​Chris Cavallini is a believer in second chances. He’s had several of them. He was arrested 17 times before his 18th birthday for various criminal acts, including trespassing, possession of marijuana and assault with a dangerous weapon. When Cavallini was a high school senior, a Massachusetts judge gave him an ultimatum—serve seven months in jail,
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As experts predict an economic downturn to come this year, I have a challenge for employers who are looking for talent: hire people with disabilities. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities and a bachelor’s degree or higher is more than double that of people without disabilities and a bachelor’s degree or higher. The same
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​Most employers know their workforce encompasses a wide range of different religions, and sometimes that results in unintended conflicts with the company’s anti-discrimination and social media policies. What should an employer do if employees say things that are offensive toward certain groups or religions? Frequently making offensive, unwelcome remarks about a person’s religious beliefs or
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Recruiting and talent acquisition require flexibility and adaptability in this post-COVID, post-Great Resignation era. While much is changing at an accelerated rate, much of this process is human-centric. Therefore, it has not changed much at all, and Human Resources leaders can draw on historically smart strategies. Kurt Webster, Director of Recruitment and Workforce Planning at
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​The role of works councils in negotiating with employers over the dismissal of employees varies widely throughout Europe, often depending on whether the termination is a collective dismissal or involves one individual. As global economic growth continues to slow, multinational employers should be aware of the extent of their obligation to communicate termination plans to
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​In December 2022, the U.K. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) marked its 10-year anniversary of helping make recruitment safer. The DBS processes and issues checks of job applicants’ criminal records, along with maintaining records of people who aren’t permitted to work with certain vulnerable groups. Since December 2012, the DBS has processed more than 52 million basic,
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​The 6-year-old girl didn’t understand why she had to rise in the middle of the night to travel to the Kabul airport and stand outside the gates for hours in a jostling, desperate crowd, only to be forced to return home again. She didn’t understand why her family was turned away from the airport two
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​HR professional and social scientist Lorne Epstein, SHRM-SCP, is surveying the impact of bias in organizations and what professionals are doing to reduce its effects to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), belonging, and ableism. His team is identifying organizational structures and solutions to share with the HR community so professionals like you can continue
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Quiet hiring is the top new trend in Human Resources, according to a number of media outlets. It is the response to quiet quitting, the HR trend that dominated the end of 2022 and referred to employees doing the bare minimum for the company and refusing to go above and beyond. Employers quickly practiced quiet
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​The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a draft of its new Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP), outlining its priorities in tackling workplace discrimination over the next four years. The playbook, published in the Federal Register in January, indicates that the agency will be on the lookout for discrimination caused by artificial intelligence (AI)
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The combination of a labor shortage and reluctance to go into debt to earn a college degree has led to a shift in mindset about qualifications for hiring. When possible, Human Resources professionals are no longer requiring a degree and are instead looking at an employee’s potential, ability to learn, values, or skillset. WATCH: Recruiting
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