Tag Archives: Risk & Compliance

CEO’s Letter: Protecting Our Own

HRO Today

By Elliot H. Clark

On February 15, 2019, a terminated employee at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, shot and killed the company’s HR manager, Clayton Parks, and an HR intern, Trevor Wehner, who had begun his internship that morning. A very tragic moment in a long line of tragic moments of unrestrained violence in a seemingly civilized world that has too many of these uncivilized incidents.

To be sure, there are numerous questions about why and how an illegally retained handgun was used. It is not the place of HRO Today to talk about the political issues of gun legislation, or in this case, existing firearms law enforcement. It is our place to ask: When HR is a target, how do we protect each other?

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Preventive Measures

Anti-Harassment Policies

In the #MeToo era, employers are taking a proactive approach to harassment policies and training.

By Jonathan D. Ash, Esq.

By now, employers should be aware that a comprehensive anti-harassment policy and annual anti-harassment training are critical components in preventing and defending against claims of harassment. A new year means a new opportunity to review existing employee handbooks and to map out a plan to provide harassment training for employees and supervisors.

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Regulations Will “Block” Chain in HR

Blockchain

Current data privacy laws will make implementation of this approach challenging.

By Elliot Clark

There has been considerable discussion about the blockchain phenomenon in supply chain management and the financial world, and how it could apply to HR. In addition, small start-ups that claim to be pioneering the development of blockchain-based web platforms for talent acquisition have sprung up, attracting significant venture investment.

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Ensuring Fair Hiring Practices

Ban the Box

Criminal records are keeping millions of people out of the workforce but new policies are closing the divide.

By Marta Chmielowicz

77 million. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, that’s the number of American adults who have a criminal record—one in three.

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Complications in Crossing Borders

Immigration

Recent immigration regulations are creating new challenges for companies who rely on global talent.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Recent changes in U.S. immigration policy are creating roadblocks for American businesses and their employees—especially those who rely on global talent. According to Envoy Global Inc.’s 2017 Immigration Trends Report, globalization in the business world is on the rise. In fact, 55 percent of employers expected to hire more workers from overseas in 2017, up from 34 percent in the year prior. In addition, 63 percent of HR leaders claimed that hiring international employees is very or extremely important to their talent acquisition strategy—a significant leap from 42 percent in 2016.

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Temporary Moves

Relocation

Gig economy workers seek relocation opportunities, but job classification challenges and local regulations remain a barrier.

By Mary Stoik Dymond

The rising trend of professional gig work is shifting the boundaries on the permanent, full-time employment norm. In fact, some analysts are even predicting that more than half of workers will be contractors or gig workers in the near future, reports Nation1099. The composition of workplace talent is nearing a tipping point, and the global gig economy is only poised to grow.

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Temporary Moves

Relocation

Gig economy workers seek relocation opportunities, but job classification challenges and local regulations remain a barrier.

By Mary Stoik Dymond

The rising trend of professional gig work is shifting the boundaries on the permanent, full-time employment norm. In fact, some analysts are even predicting that more than half of workers will be contractors or gig workers in the near future (Nation1099). The composition of workplace talent is nearing a tipping point, and the global gig economy is only poised to grow.

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Achieving Payroll Globalization

Payroll

Payroll complexity remains a major challenge for multinational companies expanding into new international markets.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Payroll today is about much more than just paying employees. It is about ensuring that their personal data remains secure while navigating ever-shifting legislation and privacy regulations, unstandardized solutions, changes in workforce structures, and rapidly advancing technologies. And when international operations are added into the mix, the complexity of payroll can seem even more overwhelming. In fact, according to NGA Human Resources’ 2017 Global Payroll Complexity Index, the only constant in global payroll is constant change.

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The Power of Integration

iTalent Competition

This year’s iTalent Competition winner is helping organizations reduce time to hire and maintain compliance to boot.

By Taylor Thompson

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average cost of a poor hiring decision can equal 30 percent of the first year’s potential earnings. Glassdoor and the Brandon Hall Group also report that 95 percent of employers admit to suffering from at least one bad hire every year. With increasing pressure to find the right hires and growing candidate expectations of a customer-like experience, HR needs a vetting process that can keep up with the rapidly-changing nature of the hiring process. Enter background screening platform Verified First.

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Ready or Not, Here it Comes

Data Privacy

Two business leaders discuss their game plan for the EU’s upcoming data privacy regulations.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is on the horizon, going into effect from 25 May 2018 onward. Forcing companies to scrutinise how they handle and process customer and employee data, the GDPR is turning data protection from an afterthought to an essential business function. No business—large or small—will be left untouched.

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