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Rethinking the Salary History Question
A bill winding its way through the Massachusetts legislature would prohibit recruiters from asking prospective hires about their salary histories—one of the myriad legislative proposals emerging in states around the country as part of the broader discussion around pay equity in U.S. workplaces.

How Dell Revamped Its Employee Referral Program
Five years ago, Dell’s global employee referral program, managed in over 160 countries, had no central administrator and inconsistencies in referral payouts caused strife within the company. Knowing it could do better, Dell’s talent acquisition team reviewed and improved its program, resulting in a 50 to 125 percent increase in global referral hires.

Returning H-2B Workers Won’t Count Against Visa Cap
Employers planning to use H-2B foreign guest workers for seasonal jobs in fiscal year (FY) 2016 should act fast to identify and certify any returning workers from the previous three fiscal years.

Worker Confidence Propels Deluge of Quits
More U.S. workers quit their jobs in December 2015 than at any other time since December 2006, according to the monthly report on job openings and labor turnover prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Copying I-9 Documents: Good or Bad Idea?
Maintaining copies of supporting documents used during the employment eligibility verification process can show good faith during an investigative audit, reduce fines and serve as a defense against discrimination claims. But haphazardly copying documents could land companies in hot water.

The New CHRO Standard: Superhero
Think you have what it takes to become a chief human resources officer (CHRO)? If your phone and e-mail have not been blowing up recently with overtures from recruiters, it might be because organizations keep raising the bar for potential CHROs.

U.S. Unemployment Falls Below 5 Percent
The nation’s unemployment rate ticked down below 5 percent in January 2016 for the first time since early 2008, according to the latest data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

5 Recruiting Trends for 2016
Experts predict many of the recruiting trends prevalent last year—branding, maximizing talent analytics, repairing the candidate experience and leveraging untapped sources of hire—will continue to resonate in 2016.

H-2B Visa Saga Continues with Rolled-Back Rules
In the latest development regarding the H-2B visa program, Congress has blocked several provisions put forward by the Department of Labor that aimed to increase regulation on employers of seasonal immigrant workers.

Plenty of Gaps to Fill, Even in a Healthy Labor Market
The labor market is coming off a solid two-year stretch of growth, but federal data show that job openings remain at near-record levels, even while millions of people continue to struggle to find work.

Retailers Lead Surge in Job Cuts
Despite strong holiday sales at the end of 2015, retailers announced their starkest downsizing plans in seven years, pushing layoffs in January 2016 to 75,144.

Blind Hiring May Be Missing the Point
Companies that want to increase the diversity of their workforce and eliminate intentional or unconscious bias from their recruiting process may try “blind hiring” techniques to help prevent discrimination when considering applicants. But experts disagree about the utility of this well-meaning practice, and stress that cultural fit remains the most important determinant for choosing whether to advance candidates.

Neutral Hiring Policy Protects Against Adverse Action
A hospital did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act when it refused to hire two nurses who had completed a drug rehabilitation program and had restricted licenses because the hospital consistently applied its neutral hiring policy, an appeals court ruled.

Tips for Making Confident Job Offers
Susan Heathfield, an HR and management consultant, discussed with SHRM Online the key components of job offers, potential traps in the process, and what HR can learn about a candidate at this final stage of the recruitment cycle.

The Most Sought-After Talent Prefer Mobile Recruitment
Employees designated as high-potentials are especially attracted to searching and applying for jobs using mobile devices, according to new research.

Recruiting the Class of 2016
Appealing to what new college graduates wish to experience in their future workplace—strong, two-way communication, a clear career path, flexible work options and personalized development opportunities—will give savvy employers a leg up on the increasing competition for talent on campus.

Career Site Requirements for Federal Contractors
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s pay transparency regulations recently went into effect and with it came new information dissemination obligations for contractors with respect to job seekers.

Using Data to Make Better Hires
Data analytics can improve the effectiveness of a company’s talent acquisition function, determine job competencies for each role and measure candidates’ potential performance before making a job offer.

Court Rules Medical Marijuana Users Can Be Fired
A federal court in New Mexico added to the growing body of U.S. case law holding that employers are under no duty to accommodate medical marijuana use by employees or job applicants, even when state law allows it.

The 10 Best Jobs in the U.S. in 2016
Data scientists have the career with the most earnings potential in the U.S., according to Glassdoor.com. The top 10 careers is heavy on technology and business roles, with HR manager coming in at sixth place.


Know Before You Hire: 2016 Employment Screening Trends
Employers and human resource professionals conducting pre-employment background checks will have to keep compliance top of mind in 2016, as focused regulatory oversight, a growing number of class-action lawsuits and the ever-present threat of data breaches impact screening programs and practices.

Jobs Outlook Rosy for the Class of 2016
This year’s college grads will be entering a job market eager to receive them, especially those with degrees in business, engineering and computer science, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Act Now for H-1B Visa Filing Season
Prepare your H-1B visa petition now and be ready to file with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the first day petitions are accepted—or you may not stand a chance of having the submission processed, much less approved.

HR Weeds Out Applicants Through Public Social Searches
More than a third (36 percent) of employers rejected a job candidate in 2015 because of information such as illegal activity or discrepancies with applications found on public social media sites or through an online search.

Get Started Using Data for HR Decisions
Effectively working with data and technology is a skill HR professionals need to have to bring significant value as internal advisors. The practitioners who focus seriously on developing this skill will be much more relevant than their peers going forward.


 

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Research: Using Social Media for Talent Acquisition—Recruitment and Screening
SHRM surveyed HR professionals with the job function of employment or recruitment to learn more about organizations’ use of social media for talent acquisition. Specifically, this report focuses on recruitment and screening of job candidates. It also looks at trends over time, comparing the results to data from 2011 and 2013 when possible.

Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE)
SHRM's monthly report tracks trends in the labor market, including hiring projections released one month ahead of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report.

Metro Economic Outlooks
These reports provide comprehensive analyses of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas' economies.

Workplace Flexibility Resource Page
Visit this resource page for the latest on addressing work/life challenges through flexible arrangements and strategies.

Military Employment Resources
Read about how HR professionals find, hire and retain skilled military service members.

Workforce Readiness Resource Page
This resource page provides information that can help HR professionals address the issue of workforce preparedness.

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