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June 2014

COVER STORY
50 Years of Progress
Fifty years after becoming law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has changed the face of the American workplace.
By Tamara Lytle


FEATURES

Q&A
Unleash the Power of Employees
A rubber chicken can be a better reward than a gold watch, says the CEO of Yum! Brands.
Interview by HR Magazine staff

Staffing Management
Removing Barriers to Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed
Make sure your policies don’t lead you to overlook skilled talent.
By Bill Leonard

Safety & Security
Marijuana Maelstrom
As more states legalize marijuana, employers are re-affirming their drug-testing policies.
By Tamara Lytle

Pre-Employment Screening
Choices and Chances
Recent federal guidance and “ban-the-box” laws add a new wrinkle to hiring decisions involving people with criminal histories.
By Rita Zeidner

Ethics & Social Responsibility
Are You Listening?
Consider whistle-blowers an early-warning system.
By Dori Meinert

Benefits
Customized Coverage
HR gets strategic with voluntary benefits.
By Joanne Sammer

Profile
HR by the Book
Steve Ostrom, HR business partner at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, talks about how his company fosters learning and innovation.
Interview by Kathy Gurchiek

Benefits
Rejuvenating Tuition Reimbursement Programs
Expert advice on how to set up an effective educational assistance benefit.
By Tom Cherry


AGENDA

Social Media
A Rep to Protect
HR can play a lead role in managing an organization’s reputation on social media.
By Dave Zielinski


ADVICE & ANALYSIS
Solutions
Group interviews, correcting underpayments
By Patricia Graves, SPHR-CA, GPHR, and Edward Yost, SPHR-CA

HR Technology
Contract Competence
Negotiating a technology contract has never been trickier.
By Bill Roberts

Legal Trends
Stamping Out Harassment
Harassment remains one of the most frequently filed charges with the EEOC, so take steps to prevent it.
By Jonathan A. Segal


NEWS YOU CAN USE

HR News
Higher 2015 limits for HSAs; the decline of retiree health benefits; workflex on the rise; more.

Executive Briefing
Women don't respond to male-sounding job ads; companies seek senior executives who can motivate others.
By Dori Meinert

Court Report
Minor annoyances not sufficient for constructive discharge; declined FMLA protection can't be invoked later; more.

What's New
Employee engagement; health and safety; retirement; more.


PERSPECTIVES

From the CEO
Marking 50 Years Since the Civil Rights Act
By Henry G. Jackson

Future Focus
Don't Mind the Gap
Employment gaps in applicants' resumes aren't a good reason to disqualify them.
By Jennifer Schramm

HR Magazine Book Blog
Book summaries of 57 Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Safety and Security, 2014 SHRM Assurance of Learning Assessment Study Guide, The Manager’s Guide to HR and Multipliers.



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