• The Workplace Legacy of Barack Obama

    Lilly Ledbetter stands with President Barack Obama the day he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Courtesy LillyLedbetter.com
    Barack Obama had been in office a mere eight days when he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act making it easier for women to sue employers for equal pay.
    It was the first law he passed as president and a bellwether of eight years of actions to expand rights and protections for American workers that had employers balking at the prospect of added regulation.
    Fair pa
  • Tracking the Affordable Care Act

    While the Affordable Care Act is a public exchange for health care, there are plenty of workplace implications now and in its future, should it be repealed. As that effort moves forward, the workplace stands to be affected, as well.
    Job-based plans offered to employees and their dependents cover 150 million people, according to the Health Affairs Blog. The ACA introduced protections like pre-existing condition exclusions, annual out-of-pocket limits and dependent coverage up to age 26. Just
  • The Benefit of Setting Work-Related Goals

    It is the new year, which means it’s time to snap out of our indulgent holiday habits and get back to real-life goals and aspirations.
    For my team, this means launching 2017 campaigns for our clients. After all, this is an ideal time to get employees engaged in benefits! There are countless benefits and programs that can be easily promoted and tied to the typical New Year’s resolutions: losing weight, eating healthier, actually using that meditation app on your mobile phone, p
  • Gaming the System to Boost Recruiting

    Gamification is helping companies curb unconscious bias from recruiting.
    Consumer goods maker Unilever announced the launch of a new digital recruitment program that will use gamification to eliminate unconscious bias from its hiring process. The technology, unveiled in September, mixes gaming elements with video interviews to identify the best candidates among its 250,000 annual graduate applicants, said Leena Nair, chief HR officer for Unilever.
    “It is hoped that this innovativ
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  • Big Data and the Law: New Tools but a Better Workplace?

    Making employment decisions using cold, hard data seems wrong and risky. But is it?
    Big data analytics promises to save companies millions of dollars by streamlining employment decisions and preserving workforces. But is there risk in relying too heavily on automated workforce decisions?
    We encounter the results of big data analytics every day, yet we rarely question the appropriateness of its use. Think about the last time you applied for health insurance — the application likely r
  • UK ranks third in global talent competitiveness ranking

    The UK has been ranked third in the world for talent competiveness, according to a new global report measuring countries’ ability to attract, retain and grow talent.Posted inNews archiveon17 Jan 2017The UK has been ranked as third best country in the world for the ability to attract, retain, train and educate skilled workers, according to the Global Talent Competitiveness Index Index also shows UK to be well-equipped to deal with changes – and opportunities – brought by technol
  • CVWOW Appoints Ex Jobsite Boss as New CEO

    Posted inAppointmentsCVWOW are delighted to announce the appointment of their new CEO, Mike Wall, who joined the company on 9th January 2017.on17 Jan 2017
    Company ProfileCVWOWView profile »Mike joins the business with an abundance of experience gained from some big names in the recruitment industry, including Jobsite, Oilcareers, Broadbean, and Jobrapido and will be leveraging his expertise across the recruitment value chain to develop the CVWOW brand further.  His position at Jobsite
  • Camino Partners establish new divisions to take advantage of performance and expertise

    Camino Partners, the back office to boardroom specialists, have embarked on an expansion programme.Posted inNews archiveon17 Jan 2017
    Whilst the main focus for the business will remain the recruitment sector, they have recently established a corresponding management consultancies division, which places a full range of support functions into practices of all sizes.  In addition to this, they have also set up a third division, which is currently placing finance professionals into marketing se
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  • Spencer Ogden appoints new CEO

    Global recruitment company announces three senior promotionsPosted inAppointmentson17 Jan 2017
    Spencer Ogden, the leading global energy, engineering and infrastructure recruitment specialist, today announced the appointment of a new CEO and two Director positions.  
    Spencer Ogden has promoted Bradley Lewington to CEO, having previously held the position of Sales Director for both APAC and EMEA. Lewington who first joined Spencer Ogden in 2012 has demonstrated strong expertise in launching n
  • Data integration is the new strategic priority for recruiters and HR teams, claims cut-e

    Recruiters and HR practitioners can significantly enhance the way they recruit and manage talent, and improve the candidate experience, by integrating their recruitment, HR and talent systems and allowing data to flow between them, claims assessment specialist cut-e. Posted inNews archiveon16 Jan 2017
    Company Profilecut-eView profile »The benefits of connecting systems such as an Applicant Tracking System and a video interviewing system - so that decision-relevant information about candida
  • Hate your job? You’re not alone: majority of workers are looking for a new role this January

    …And bad bosses have a huge impact on thisPosted inNews archiveon16 Jan 2017
    Company ProfileCV-Library.co.ukView profile »Feeling down about your job this Blue Monday? New research suggests that you’re not alone, as the majority of UK workers (84.4%) are currently looking for a new role. The news comes from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, which also revealed that over a third of workers (35.8%) dislike their current job.
    The study, which explored the
  • Orion Group set to boost Scottish energy jobs market

    Posted inNews archiveInternational manpower company Orion Group is set to boost Scotland’s economic output with the availability of 40 renewables project roles in the central belt and across Scotland.on16 Jan 2017
    Job requirements with a major infrastructure services and engineering group mean Orion has the opportunity to recruit for permanent welders and platers positions. Experienced personnel are needed for fast growing renewables and energy projects.
    Gary Scott, Orion Group’s reg
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  • SMBs put their heads in the sand whilst employees face January blues

    Whilst the large majority (81%) of small to medium businesses (SMBs) believe they aren't affected by the January blues, two-thirds (67%) of employees are currently fed up at work and lack motivation, according to new research by payroll & HR provider Moorepay.Posted inNews archiveon16 Jan 2017
    Company ProfileMoorepayView profile » Two-thirds of employees are currently fed up at work  46% are likely to look for a new job in the next three months 81% of SMBs believe their staff aren
  • Recruitment pressures to ease for firms this year, new research shows

    UK companies are growing increasingly confident about their ability to find and recruit their staff - that’s according to the findings of a newly published Business Census 2017 report.Posted inNews archiveon16 Jan 2017Challenge downgraded from 24% in 2015 to 9% for the year ahead 54% of businesses expect to hire new staff in 2017 18% of firms said recruitment was their biggest challenge last year
    UK companies are growing increasingly confident about their ability to find and recruit their
  • 5 Smart Ways to Recruit Talent Through Social Media

    Posted inNews archiveFor years, recruiters have used job boards to find talent. The problem with that approach is the sifting through hundreds and thousands of applicantson16 Jan 2017
    You waste all that time and your resources only to end up with low-quality applicants. Using agencies are expensive. Engaging employees to refer their friends and loved ones is a challenge. Did you know social media is a powerful new medium to recruit these days? Social recruiting is the solution to all these probl
  • LMI-UK growth reflects growing importance of leadership development

    Posted inNews archiveIt has been a good year for Leadership Management International (LMI) UK, one of the leading people development organisations, with sales of its programmes in 2016 up 29% over the previous year.on16 Jan 2017
    The business, which helps business owners and managers become better, more effective leaders, also recruited 6 new franchise owners throughout the year as confidence grew across the UK business sector following June’s Brexit referendum.
    LMI-UK Franchise Director Ra
  • Good Company Culture, Strong Business Results?

    Company leaders often feel like they must straddle the line between making a profit and keeping their employees happy.
    However, newly published research suggests that positive employee experiences may in fact contribute to that bottom line.
    As part of a joint study from the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute and the Globoforce WorkHuman Research Institute, researchers surveyed 23,000 employees across 45 countries to identify the ideal employee experience and measure its impact on business.
    The surv
  • By The Numbers: When Payday Rolls Around

    Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. Here are the topics we’re keeping an eye on for January 2017. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews.
    The post By The Numbers: When Payday Rolls Around appeared first on Workforce Magazine.
  • EEOC’s latest, best 10 tactics for preventing harassment in the workplace

    The EEOC is looking to publish enforcement guidance to address illegal harassment in the workplace. That guidance is being built around several tactics the agency’s suggesting employers take to address this problem. 
    Earlier this week, HR Morning reported that the EEOC is seeking public input on a proposed version of enforcement guidance regarding harassment in the workplace (the deadline for pubic input is Feb. 9, 2017).
    How this all started
    This process began nearly two years ago w
  • Risky business: Pay discrimination case costs federal contractor $1.2M

    Seems like LexisNexis Risk Solutions should have known what was at stake when it paid female employees substantially less than their male counterparts for their work on federal contracts.  
    That doesn’t seem to be the case, however. LexisNexis Risk Solutions will pay over $1.2 million in back pay and interest and provide additional relief to resolve allegations of systemic pay discrimination against women at its facilities in Alpharetta, GA, and Boca Raton, FL, the Department of Labor
  • HIPAA audits on the rise: The violation you need to focus on now

    HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) thinks employees are being abused when it comes to confidential information and HIPAA security.The result: OCR is conducting audits like crazy.That was the stark warning given by Employment Attorney Jason Sheffield at the 29th Annual Benefits Forum & Expo in Nashville.
    Part of the problems is the out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality that’s pervasive among many employers. A number of firms incorrectly assume that if a plan is outsourced, the HIPAA
  • Is Your Workplace Hiding Talent?

    Spoiler alert: If you haven’t seen the film “Hidden Figures” yet, you may want to wait to read this. Oh, heck. Read it anyway. It’s so good you may not mind a peek behind the curtain.
     I saw “Hidden Figures” during Christmas week. I expected it to be good, and it was. Taraji P. Henson (playing Katherine G. Johnson) and Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) rarely disappoint, and singer Janelle Monae (Mary Jackson) came through strong.
    Go see it. It was sad, t
  • Health Insurer Unum Expands to Offer Dental and Vision Coverage

    Unum Group announced that it is expanding its benefits offering through the addition of Unum Dental and Unum Vision. The Chattanooga, Tennessee-based employee benefits company is offering the coverage through the services of Starmount Life Insurance Co., a dental and vision insurance company acquired by Unum in 2016.
    Dental and vision insurance have become more popular over the past several years, according to Mike Simonds, Unum U.S. president & CEO. Unum made the announcement Jan. 11.
  • RPO Customers: We Want More of Everything

    Big companies are increasingly relying on recruitment process outsourcing as part of a strategic approach to recruiting that allows them to tap best-in-class technology, top recruiting talent and advanced performance metrics.
    This is good news for RPO vendors, who’ve seen their businesses steadily grow. But it has also put them on the hook to provide an increasingly sophisticated set of tools and services to keep these clients engaged.
    Today’s RPO customers want their vendors to do m
  • The top 10 industries to find a job in 2017 revealed

    …Design, tourism and catering are some of the top sectors for work this New YearPosted inNews archiveon13 Jan 2017
    Company ProfileCV-Library.co.ukView profile »New data from the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library, has found that the design, leisure and tourism and catering industries are some of the top sectors to find a new job this year, showing great promise for job hunters looking for work in these areas.
    The data, which analysed the average number of jobs in th
  • Opus creates new partnership to bring $150m of revenue

    Opus Recruitment Solutions, a global recruitment firm, are pleased to announced their partnership with Recruiter.com, an online recruiting platform, that will result in over one hundred and fifty million dollars in recruiting revenue.Posted inNews archiveon13 Jan 2017
    Company ProfileOpus RecruitmentView profile »The partnership will provide a wealth of sourcing talent for specialised and ‘hard to fill’ roles, with a projection to bring over 150 million dollars’ worth of s
  • Future Focus: Pioneering Programmatic for Recruitment

    January brings reflection and pledges. A more happier, fitter, more productive type of human.Posted inNews archiveon13 Jan 2017
    Listed above (or below) the resolutions of get fit, save money - is find new job. Great, the actively-looking audience pool starts to fill up. But is the surge shortlived? What happens when the rush is over and the candidates dry up? Enter Plan P…Programmatic.  
    Traditional job search rules are different in January (and September) than any other month. Likel
  • Bond Opinion: SEO Tips for Recruitment Agencies

    It’s no secret that the first step in any career move is a Google search. Whether an individual is looking at vacancies nearer to home; assessing the next salary bracket options; or simply hoping to improve the quality of a CV, online search is an intrinsic part of our daily lives.Posted inOpinionon13 Jan 2017
    Company ProfileBond International SoftwareView profile »Two thirds of respondents have used a recruitment agency in the past to help with a job search. Of these, well over half
  • Allowing start-up recruitment agencies to start quicker…

    HotLizard’s recruitment website platform RecruiterSites allows recruitment agencies to create a fully functional recruitment website quickly and at a cost effective price.Posted inNews archiveon13 Jan 2017
    Company ProfileHotLizardView profile »The platform provides stock images and auto-generated content that can be changed by you, the website owner, at any point via the admin portal, which takes out the hassle of needing to have all the content ready before the website can be built.
  • Apprentice levy will harm more than just small council schools, says ARC

    Referring to a BBC report on 9th January, that highlights the plight of council schools that will have to meet the cost of the apprenticeship levy from 6th April, Adrian Marlowe, Chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), commented that recruitment agencies will be affected in a similar way.Posted inNews archiveon13 Jan 2017
    Company ProfileThe Association of Recruitment Consultancies - ARCView profile »“We strongly identify with the LGA’s complaint of discr
  • New Extract! release including Greek CV parsing

    Textkernel is happy to release its new version of Extract! CV parsing. This release contains the brand new parser for Greek CVs, as well as large improvements for all languages and language-specific improvements for English, Flemish, Slovak and French.Posted inNews archiveon13 Jan 2017 New: Greek resume parsing
    Answering to our customer demand, Textkernel is introducing its 17th language of CV parsing: Greek. In order to add a new language, Textkernel’s parsing engine needs to be trained a
  • HTE names HCL as a ‘Total Workforce Solutions’ provider for NHS Trusts nationwide

    HCL is delighted to announce it has been awarded a place on all lots within the HealthTrust Europe (HTE) Total Workforce Solutions Framework Agreement.Posted inNews archiveon13 Jan 2017
    The NHSI-approved framework names HCL as an official supplier of the following workforce solutions to NHS Trusts nationwide:Temporary, fixed-term and permanent staff including med locums, GPs, nursing and care professionals, AHP and HSS professionals, and NMNC staff Rostering software Demand management software M
  • REC statement in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s remarks about recruitment agencies

    Responding to remarks made today by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in which he accused recruitment agencies of bringing EU workers into the UK at the expense of British born workers, Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) Chief Executive Kevin Green says:Posted inOpinionon13 Jan 2017
    Company ProfileRECView profile »“Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to re-imagine himself as the UK’s Donald Trump appears to include the original’s loose relationship with the truth.
  • 5MM: Powering Down and Sleep

    Workforce editors Rick Bell and Frank Kalman help launch the search for the 2017 Workforce Game Changers. They also chat about turning off email after work hours and the value of a good night’s sleep.The post 5MM: Powering Down and Sleep appeared first on Workforce Magazine.
  • Why values-based recognition matters for recruitment - HR Dive

    Why values-based recognition matters for recruitment
    HR Dive
    Performance reviews may be a necessary evil of tracking employee productivity and setting goals. But there is a growing consensus among HR leaders that it's time to focus less on micro-managing employees and instead focus more on what the company is ...
  • By The Numbers: Food and Drink

    Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. This month? Food and drink. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews.The post By The Numbers: Food and Drink appeared first on Workforce Magazine.
  • First Entry for Worst Employer of the Year

    We already have a nominee for worst employee of 2017, so why not share the love and nominate a worst employer.
    Drum roll …
    Man Fired For Attending Son’s Birth
    The first day of the new year was pretty eventful for Lamar Austin. The 30-year-old welcomed a son and got fired on the very same day — Jan. 1. …
    On Dec. 31, Austin’s wife Lindsay went into labor. He decided that he was going to stay by her side for the birth of their son … . Yet, in order to do
  • Record number of new recruitment businesses entered market in 2016 - HR News (press release) (registration) (blog)

    HR News (press release) (registration) (blog)
    Record number of new recruitment businesses entered market in 2016
    HR News (press release) (registration) (blog)
    2016 saw the highest number of new recruitment agencies on record opening their doors for the first time, according to a leading PR & Marketing Communications firm for the recruitment industry. Figures obtained by Clearly PR & Marketing Communications ...
  • Branding, Building Relationships and Getting Social

    The days when automated screening tools and mobile-enabled job sites were considered innovative have long since ended.
    In today’s tight talent market, recruiting technology is all about building the brand, developing long-term relationships with passive candidates and integrating recruiting into the broader talent management process.
    “The post-and-pray days are pretty much over,” said Lisa Rowan, an analyst with IDC. “The current trend is all about candidate relationship
  • Building a Sexism-Free Workplace

    Sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on national origin, sex and religion. Yet despite federal, state and municipal protections for workers, it remains a persistent problem, according to the EEOC’s special task force on the study of workplace harassment, but there are things that employers can do to create safe environments for women and all workers.Here are some recommendations from the 2016 report:
  • Sexism Remains an Unwelcome Advancement in the Workplace

    When Andee Harris launched an HR tech startup nearly two decades ago she took pride in creating a workplace that supported women with family friendly benefits and ample career opportunities. She never imagined that when the company was acquired in 2011 the culture that she helped to build would change dramatically. Suddenly, she found herself unable to attend her firm’s executive retreat because it was at a male-only hunting lodge.
    “Every year they did strategic planning over th
  • Recruitment, change management and morale are chief HR challenges in 2017 - Workplace Insight (press release) (registration) (blog)

    Workplace Insight (press release) (registration) (blog)
    Recruitment, change management and morale are chief HR challenges in 2017
    Workplace Insight (press release) (registration) (blog)
    Recruitment, change management and morale chief HR challenges in 2017 While a fifth of respondents to a study commissioned by Cascade HR revealed the topics most likely to keep HR awake at night in 2017 said they don't foresee any challenges as ...
  • Stuck in OT rule limbo? 3 ways to reduce your legal vulnerability

    The Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial overtime rule is officially on hold. But other than that, not much else is certain with the rule — and that’s a problem for employers. 
    Not knowing when, or even if, the rule will kick in is not only taxing on your administrative processes/plan, but also it exposes you to potential liability.
    Unanswered questions
    The injunction may seem like great news to some. But it raises a host of questions so HR pros can plot th
  • Could ‘extreme’ team-building help build your workplace morale?

    If you believe high-stress situations tend to force groups of employees to come together and perform, then this unorthodox team-building activity may be right up your alley.  
    Survival Systems USA, an organization that has been teaching aquatic survival since 1999, has just entered the world of corporate team-building.
    The company now offers a one-day course in surviving mock plan crashes at an indoor pool at the Survival Systems’ Connecticut office.
    If this sounds like something your
  • EEOC asks for input on workplace harassment enforcement standards

    Just how do you define workplace harassment? The EEOC has taken its best shot.  
    The agency just released proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment under the federal employment discrimination laws. The document explains the legal standards applicable to harassment claims under federal employment discrimination laws. The laws enforced by EEOC protect individuals from harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or genetic
  • Department of Justice releases HR-specific antitrust guidance

    You may want to take a few minutes and read the new guidance the Department of Justice (DOJ) released specifically for HR professionals. At 11 pages, it’s pretty concise for a government document. 
    It’s called “Antitrust Guidance For Human Resource Professionals,” and it was released by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
    While the guidance doesn’t break any new legal ground, it’s specifically ta
  • The Implications of Obamacare’s Future on the Workplace

    Dueling meetings regarding Obamacare took place last week on Capitol Hill, with President Barack Obama leading the Democratic lawmakers and Vice President-elect Mike Pence leading the Republicans. Both sides discussed the future of the Affordable Care Act and of health care in America.
    The Republicans want to replace and repeal, but they don’t yet have the replacement plan. According to ABC News, after repealing it, they would delay any major changes for 18 months to three years in order t
  • Tread Carefully if Stripping Employees of Their Pay

    Stevens v. Oval Office (E.D. Wisc. 12/29/16) [hat tip: Walter Olson’s Overlawyered] poses an interesting question — is it ever permissible to dock an employee’s pay for disciplinary reasons? The fact that the plaintiffs are adult dancers docked for rule infractions such as “failing to fully remove all clothing, except for underwear, by the end of the first song when dancing on stage” doesn’t dissuade interest, either.
    The Stevens court denied the employer&rsqu
  • Confidence high among UK workers in face of Brexit uncertainty

    UK workers’ confidence has not been shaken by uncertainty around leaving the European Union, with 48 per cent admitting that they will be looking for a new job, according to REED.Posted inStatistics and trendson11 Jan 2017Almost half (48 per cent) of UK workers preparing to look for a new job More workers received a pay rise in 2016 (54 per cent) than in the REED market Insight 2015 (41 per cent) 38 per cent would move for a better work-life balance  51 per cent look for a new job to

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