HRS Fast News, Winter 2007/2008

Quarterly Fast News for Business Leaders & HR/Organizational Development Professionals:

(With our compliments, please enjoy the following reader in 4 Minutes or Less.  We know you’re busy!)    Quarter 1, 2008


EEOC Fact Sheet On Employment Tests and Selection Procedures

A newly updated fact sheet from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission gives employers a concise briefing on what they may and may not do when screening potential new hires.  (See Fact Sheet). This includes employer best practices, a summary of key EEO laws affecting hiring and screening, and recent litigation and case summaries in this important area.  As always, avoid testing which arguably discriminates against protected classes or investigates "out of bounds" personality characteristics.  Reply with questions for our HRSAC Behavioral Assessment Center.

   

Family Medical Leave Act Changes for 2008

New posting and compliance opportunity!  President Bush on, January 28th, 2008, signed into law, The National Defense Authorization Act, which is a new legislation that has amended the current Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.  This new law expands the FMLA to allow family members to permit a spouse, son, daughter, parent, or "next of kin" to take up to 26 workweeks of leave to care for a member who is in the Armed Forces, including a member of the National Guard or Reserves, and is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy and is in outpatient status, or is otherwise on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury or illness.  (Get Full Compliance Info)

 

Fueling The Future – Finding Mentorship Opportunities Between the 4 Generations!

Baby Boomers and Gen Y need to connect!  Now recognized as media and podium experts on the topic, our CEO's thoughts are showcased in a recent Scottsdale@Work magazine cover story.  This winter we've also provided keynote workshops on this topic to the Financial HR Association and the Society of Human Resource Processionals, with accreditation by the HR Certification Institute.  And for these generations, how/when do job security and career advancement trade places as the #1 employee magnet?  What does job security really mean to today's and tomorrow's workforce?  HRWire called upon our CEO to comment upon the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) research.   (Read About It!)  Reply for more info.

   

More Companies Going Green

More corporations are going "green" and discovering that helping the environment isn't the only payoff.  Eco-friendly policies can also help companies attract young talent, increase productivity and reduce costs.  "Students are looking to work for companies that care about the environment," says Lindsey Pollak, author of "Getting From College to Career." "They are almost expecting greenness like they expect work-life balance, ethnic diversity and globalization."  A recent poll on green employment by MonsterTRAK.com, a job Web site geared toward students and entry-level hires, found that 80% of young professionals are interested in securing a job that has a positive impact on the environment, and 92% would be more inclined to work for a company that is environmentally friendly.  (WSJ Article)

 

Our CEO Meets With Congress Next Week

To represent the Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors and 46 million people affected by arthritis in more than 100 forms, including the devastatingly overlooked Juvenile Arthritis, Jessica Ollenburg will be meeting with members of congress next week to advocate for the Arthritis Prevention, Cure & Control Act.  Please “join” her on the Hill via the Virtual Summit. It's easy and the perfect way for people participate from their home or office.   (Learn More and/or Attend Virtual Summit)

    

"There's No Crying in Business!"

"Tears don't work in the workplace," says Nancy Albertini, chairwoman of Patterson & Blackstone in San Jose, Calif. "People view tears as manipulative. When a person cries, people around them don't know what to do."  Research shows that crying on the job can be far more damaging to a woman's career than to a man's. A study at Penn State on gender and the perception of crying found that both women and men reacted more favorably to men who teared up. And both men and women were looked at more positively when they teared up than when they cried.  (USA Today Article)

 

Employer Call to Action:  Replace "Sick" Leave with "Personal" Leave

To promote wellness and honesty in the workplace, HRS continues to advocate policies allowing "Personal Days" to replace and include "Sick Days."  Almost one-third of employees admitted to calling in sick to work last year even though they weren't ill, according to CareerBuilder.com's annual survey. Fortunately for employees, 75 percent of employers believe their employees are sick when they say they are.  Where medical leave applies, retain ability by policy to gain opinion from a company preferred physician. And, of course, teach your employees into budgeting for unanticipated actual "sick" days.  (CNN Article)

                      

 
 At CNN.com, Excuses for Calling in Sick:

         "An employee was upset because his favorite American Idol contestant was voted off."
                                                                                                                                                            
 (See CNN Humor Article)

 
         

The "R" Word Report

(New York Times Report) The nation’s employers eliminated 17,000 jobs in January, accounting for an unemployment rate rise to 4.9%. (Employment Situation Summary)  

 

HRSAZ-Scottsdale Popular with National and Global Clients

With the launch of our new Phoenix valley location only months ago, existing HRS clients already enjoy an improved convenience for the HRSAC candidate assessment and training accessibility, eliminating client employee travel concerns of the past.   Offering Class A training and conference facilities, we've just secured a valet parking option --and you really have to admire the mountain view and desert landscapes!  

 

HRSteam.com Re-launch Approaching!

Still with more than 25 top 20 unpaid search engine rankings (that we know of) and more than 5 #1 rankings, widely acclaimed for content and integrity, HRSteam.com is working on a format refresh and re-launch soon.  Pledged to dignity, informational content and quick quiet access for our treasured visitors, we promise to avoid splashy, gimmicky and timewasting graphics loads.  However, we pledge to offer the clever use of technology and continuously improved navigation ease.   Look for the announced re-launch in the approaching months! 

 

IRS Raises Mileage Rates for 2008

Adjusted annually, the new standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) are 50.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (19/14 cents for medical, moving or charitable purposes).  www.irs.gov