Month: December 2020

​Racism and inequities in the workplace steered some of the attention from the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 as readers searched for information on diversity, equity and inclusion. Among the most-read articles on those topics: No. 1 Tips for Discussing Racial Injustice in the Workplace Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, chief knowledge officer for the Society for Human
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Activists called for more equitable recruiting, hiring, promotion and compensation in 2020—as well as transparency from organizations on their diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) efforts. Research from Together Forward@Work, an initiative from the Society for Human Resource Management, found that “despite years of financial and strategic investments in diversity, equity and inclusion, U.S. companies have
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​Businesses all over the world faced similar challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Whether they were preparing infectious-disease plans, reacting to travel restrictions or adapting to remote work, employers had to be agile in their responses. Here are seven of SHRM Online‘s most-read articles from 2020 that focus on global workplace issues. No. 1 As Coronavirus
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A case that went before the Supreme Court back in October has already received a unanimous ruling in the last week that could have impacts for benefit plans, pharmacy benefit managers and patients in need of prescription drugs. The case in question was the topic of a recent HR Exchange podcast episode featuring Mark Casciari
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​Volunteers of America–Oregon (VOA—Oregon) has been in operation since 1896, addressing community challenges including poverty, child abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, family safety, affordable child care and adult day care services. In addition to her passion for VOA’s mission, Kay Toran, president and CEO, is passionate about creating diversity-rich workplace cultures. Raised in Portland’s predominantly
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​On Nov. 4, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched a labor reform initiative (LRI) to replace the existing sponsorship system (kafala in Arabic), which governs foreign worker mobility in Saudi Arabia. Prior to the reforms, foreign workers sponsored by employers in Saudi Arabia required the permission of their employer to change
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​German employment law is complex and subject to various statutory regulations that often are widely unknown to foreign companies planning to hire staff in Germany. As German employment law additionally is said to be largely “employee protection law,” it is important for U.S. companies to be familiar with some basic issues. 1. Written employment contract.
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​The Spanish government has adopted two complementary decrees intended to improve gender equality in the workplace. One of these decrees details requirements for employers to report compensation by gender across their workforces, and the other specifies rules for companies that must draw up negotiated equality plans. The Equality Plan Decree (Royal Decree 901/2020) and Equal
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A 59-year-old engineer who was fired during a companywide reduction in force (RIF) could not prove his individual claim of intentional age discrimination with statistical evidence that the RIF mostly impacted employees over age 50, a California appeals court ruled. The employer operates a nonprofit federally funded research and development center that provides aerospace technical
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