Human resources specialists are the unsung heroes of the HR world. Yes, the managers get all the credit (and take all the blame, if they’re any good.) But where the rubber meets the road, doing the grunt work of human resources and actually making things happen are the lower-level HR specialists. Many of them just […]

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The question of politics in the workplace has never been more important. This year’s election has been a contentious, emotional one so far. And that’s not going to get any better as we head towards November. Both leading candidates are deeply distrusted and disliked by members of each opposing camp. If recent outbursts, arguments, insults […]

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  As much as we all enjoy reading about developing the soft skills and the exciting new human resources technologies coming out, being in this business still means hitting your HR deadlines. Fire up your Outlook calendar and wipe off that white board — here are some of the critical HR deadlines coming up over […]

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Health insurance giant Aetna is the latest major employer to join the growing list of companies to offer student loan repayment assistance as an employee benefit. Beginning in 2017, the company’s 50,000 full-time workers will be eligible for matching student loan payments of up to $2,000 per year, up to a cap of $10,000 per […]

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The numbers are in: 25-35 year-olds are contributing far less than expected to retirement and other savings plans – and sky-high monthly college debt service requirements are a big part of the reason why. According to data from EdVisors, those graduating from college in the year 2015 are leaving school with a record $35,051 in […]

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The Department of Labor has made it official: Companies are going to have to start paying overtime to millions of currently salaried workers effective December 1 of this year. The new rule will directly affect about 4.2 million employees not currently eligible to earn overtime pay who will now be able to qualify, unless their […]

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Not all of us are fortunate enough to have access to Roth 401(k) accounts. Only a fraction of employers who offer 401(k) plans make Roth accounts available to their employees. But recent surveys indicate that even when Roth accounts are offered, employees have yet to embrace them. Fewer than 10 percent of plan participants who […]

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  The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released a new set of rules governing the administration of employee wellness programs, and all employers sponsoring or considering sponsoring such plans should take note.  Here are some of the main takeaways. There’s No ADA Safe Harbor. The new regulations make clear that the EEOC does not consider […]

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The day-to-day tasks required of HR managers in any company can make seeing the “big picture” challenging. If you’re getting stuck in the nitty gritty at work, here is a quick reminder of some HR best practices. Make sure you are doing (or not doing) these things and you and your employees will be positioned well […]

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