Month: November 2020

​In the days following the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, Erin Mitchell Richeson knew a generic employee memo would be an inadequate response. “We didn’t want just corporate speak,” says Richeson, vice president of global diversity and inclusion for Kimberly-Clark, a global paper products company based in
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​One in 4 women are contemplating downshifting their career or leaving the workforce, according to this year’s McKinsey and LeanIn.org annual Women in the Workplace study. “This translates to millions of women leaving the workforce,” said Rachel Thomas, CEO of LeanIn.org in Palo Alto, Calif. “It could wipe out all the hard-earned progress we’ve seen for women
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When government fails to act, it’s not uncommon for business to lead the way. In recent years, for instance, business has developed ethical guidelines regarding the use of personally identifiable information and GPS tracking data. These are prime examples of a recurring theme: Business leads while government follows. Today, we grapple with issues of social
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​The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the SHRM Foundation are bringing attention to the workplace contributions of people with autism and intellectual and developmental differences. To do this, they have partnered with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and the Delivering Jobs inclusion campaign. The founding partners of the Delivering Jobs campaign include Autism
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​One effect of COVID-19 has been a sharp increase in businesses’ use of remote surveillance solutions to protect corporate resources and monitor the productivity and behavior of employees working away from the office for the foreseeable future. Although such tools can provide valuable performance insights and mitigate data loss and other risks, they can also significantly increase a business’s legal risk.
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​Almost overnight, the pandemic changed priorities for companies around the globe. Eduardo B. de la Garza, chief people officer and senior vice president for Walmart Mexico and Central America, discussed the company’s adjustments to the pandemic with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, at the
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​The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the talent acquisition landscape worldwide. Recruiters are now looking for local candidates in a globally connected world, practitioners said at the recent 2020 Talent42 Digital conference, which helps recruiters hire top technical talent. “It’s an incredible time right now in talent acquisition,” said Noelle Hunt Bennett, senior leader of global
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​The newest trade deal among North American countries could give the U.S. economy and jobs numbers a modest boost. But its most significant effects will come in other ways—by preventing the disruption of key trade relationships among Mexico, Canada and the U.S. and by modernizing rules that predate the digital revolution. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
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​Two recent lawsuits filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are reminders that employers must make reasonable accommodations for deaf and hearing-impaired job applicants or risk violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC sued a Subway sandwich shop franchise in Bloomington, Ind., for rejecting a qualified, hard-of-hearing applicant for a sandwich-maker
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​As Canada’s most populous province grapples with a second wave of the coronavirus, employers in Ontario now must issue screening questions to workers and essential visitors about COVID-19 before they come into the office. The Ontario government has enacted a mandatory COVID-19 screening tool for organizations and businesses effective Sept. 26. The short questionnaire covers
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​Companies with U.K. workforces may not experience employment-related legal issues if the country fails to reach a trade agreement with the European Union before the Brexit transition period ends on Dec. 31. But the resurgent pandemic is making a smooth transition more difficult. Employers may want to take certain steps now, especially given immigration uncertainties.
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