President Joe Biden recently imposed vaccine requirements on the private sector. Through a combination of executive orders and new federal rules, he made it mandatory for businesses that have 100 or more employees to require full vaccination against COVID-19 or submit to mandatory weekly testing. Companies are waiting to get more guidance in the form
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Large companies across various industries in Canada are setting up their own employee COVID-19 vaccination policies amid a flurry of new federal, provincial and local pronouncements that stop short of requiring vaccines for private-sector workers. Canada’s government announced in August it will require vaccination this fall for the federal workforce—with accommodations or alternative steps, such
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The pandemic has proven the need for remote, customized learning and development solutions. Companies need to invest in the right kind of technology to ensure employees can easily access training materials and assessments no matter where they are working. This is especially important for companies that have remote or hybrid workplaces. The technology, of course,
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​British Columbia, Canada, has broadened and clarified its ability to investigate employment compliance matters and will tighten rules for hiring children younger than 16 years old under changes to the province’s Employment Standards Act (ESA). The changes arose from 2019 amendments to the ESA meant to ensure employment standards are evenly applied, properly enforced, and
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Given the prevalence and rising use of artificial intelligence for customer service, feedback and general information, it’s no surprise that HR teams are adopting AI-driven bots for workplace communication. Companies are embracing bot tools as time and money savers to conduct and evaluate interviews, substituting them for face-to-face conversations. AI tools can also screen resumes,
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​Protests and social unrest over racism, the killing of Black individuals and the workplace inequity that people from underrepresented communities experience have prompted employees, clients and customers to look to the organizations where they work and the businesses they patronize to use their resources to make a tangible difference. In response, Cisco created the Social
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Developing a multilingual workforce in a global economy is a competitive advantage. Having people on your team, who can communicate with potential clients, partners, and customers in their native languages, can boost your bottom line and reputation. For some multinational companies, a multilingual team is more than an advantage. It’s a necessity. In a session
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As many employers struggle to achieve racial equity in their workforces, a new approach has emerged that can help create a more equitable and inclusive culture. Racial affinity groups, or racial caucuses, provide separate spaces for people who share a racial identity to gather, share experiences and explore how racism may manifest in their organizations.
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​The Chinese government has warned employers to stop expecting employees to work extremely long hours. On Aug. 27, China’s Supreme People’s Court and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security jointly confirmed that employers cannot require employees to work “9-9-6″—the name for a common practice of working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six
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The talent shortage is real and getting worse. Most companies faced with this reality will rightfully continue to invest in recruitment and retention strategies. But despite implementing these necessary strategies, voluntary turnover is increasing, and employee satisfaction remains stagnant. After billions in investments, not much has changed. According to the Gallup Q12 in 2020 employee
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​Seventy-six percent of HR leaders say their organization tracks metrics to measure diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) goals; yet while tracking DE&I metrics creates awareness, it doesn’t yield results, according to a report from Gartner. To get results, Gartner recommends companies adopt “consequential accountability,” which evaluates HR leaders’ DEI efforts and ties the success or
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Learning and development has boomed since the onset of the pandemic. As workers made the shift to remote work, L&D leaders needed to rapidly reskill their workforces. In addition to this recent shift, longer-term trends, like continuing advances in artificial intelligence and technology, mean that learning and development professionals will continue to play prominent roles
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​LAS VEGAS — The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is ramping up its enforcement of federal contractors’ affirmative action programs. “Now more than ever, timely prepare affirmative action plans,” said Beth Ronnenburg, SHRM-SCP, president of Berkshire Associates in Columbia, Md., on Sept. 11 at the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2021. Speaking at
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LAS VEGAS — Special guest activist Opal Lee stole the show at the Sept. 11 general session of the SHRM Annual Conference & Expo 2021 (SHRM21), delivering her memorable brand of impassioned advocacy that led to Juneteenth (June 19) being declared a federal holiday. SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, was
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