Is Your Organization Sensitive to Trans Applicants?

There is a wealth of research to suggest that LGBT-supportive workplaces reap tangible rewards like higher job satisfaction and increased competitiveness in talent recruitment. But this means that companies that want the benefits of transgender talent need to be sensitive to the obstacles they face during the application and hiring process.

Human resources has a crucial role to play in protecting transgender applicants from unnecessary outing. Names and aliases can be different genders – does your firm share this with hiring managers, or keep this information confidential with HR?

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4 Top Tips for 2017

Performance reviews. Think of it like “plastics” in The Graduate.  http://bit.ly/2iIYT9v  It’s one piece of advice Workforce.com is offering HR as we launch into 2017. Here’s their short list of trends HR should follow for 2017.

Adopt a start-up mentality to fuel growth in HR. What does this mean? Do fewer things, but do them very well.

Treat employees as individuals, not as Gen X, Y or Z. Got it. See the patterns of behavior the individual displays, and act on those – not the fact that the employee is a boomer.

Resurrect the performance review (instead of letting it die). The death of the performance review has been around for some time. But guess what? Without performance data, there’s no performance management.

Choose best-of-breed solutions over core HR systems. Big doesn’t mean better. Get what you need, and integrate them together in a way that enables comprehensive reporting and big-picture analytics. (I know, easier said than done!)

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Golden State of Employment Laws in 2017

HR professionals who advise businesses based in California or operating there need to keep pace with changes. http://bit.ly/2j5vyCm Changes include higher minimum wages and legalized recreational marijuana. Review regs with SHRM‘s piece on new 2017 laws.

Some highlights:

Minimum Wage

Starting Jan. 1, 2017, minimum hourly pay will rise from $10 to $10.50 for businesses with more than 25 employees. Employ less than 25? No state mandated wage in 2017.

But, because it’s never easy in California, some municipalities have made their own regulations: San Diego’s minimum wage will jump to $11.50 per hour, effective Jan. 1. On Oct. 1, Berkeley’s rate became $12.53 per hour and will rise to $13.75 an hour on Oct. 1, 2017. Los Angeles set a minimum hourly rate of $10.50 last July 1. It will become $12 per hour on July 1, 2017.

Marijuana Legalization

Proposition 64, which legalizes the recreational use of small amounts of marijuana, was approved in November. What does HR need to know? Review your handbooks and policies to ensure marijuana use is addressed. You can issue a “statement of reaffirmation,” reminding workers that although California has legalized marijuana possession and use, neither is permitted on the job or on company property.

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New Year, New Regs: recap of employment law changes for January 1

Even with the Obama administration going out, there are regs that are going into place Jan 1. From federal regs overseeing federal contractors and EEOC wellness rules, to state legislation banning the box, raising the minimum wage and addressing pay equity, there are a host of issues you should be aware of. Corporate Counsel put together a list for you.

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How to Stop Time Management from Taking Over Your Life

As you lie on the sofa, idly playing with the new gadget you received as a gift, what better to do than to read about time management and productivity? And before you start thinking you have to actually get off the sofa and start doing something useful, relax. This piece takes a look at how time management makes fools of us all, leading to less creativity, and that work follows Parkinson’s law – that it will just fill to the time available.

And time management’s credo of maximum productivity is even extending to our leisure time. Are you truly making the most of your time lying on the sofa? Couldn’t you – shouldn’t you – be learning a language? Fixing the roof? Writing a novel? Exercising? When the idea of maximizing your time takes over, your time ceases to be yours to enjoy.

Stop worrying about inbox zero, charting your time used throughout the day, managing your top 4 priorities… All of that is useful, to a degree. Personally I find Hamper Zero more compelling – and more elusive – I can delete emails but how do I get rid of the never ending cycle of laundry produced? The fact is, life – and work – has elements of chaos, where we are not in control. Trying to impose structure on your time is just a way to try to control this chaos. Embrace it instead, allow some slack in your day, and you just may find yourself working (and relaxing) better.

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Don’t Be (Too) Offended by Returned Gifts

Or maybe you should be. Have you given a gift with the thought to change the recipient? You know what I mean – giving a non-baker a book on how to make the perfect pie crust, a primer on Mandarin to a self-avowed monolinguist, or a pair of running shoes to a couch potato? Or given a gift that you would (or will) appreciate, like a gift certificate for your favorite restaurant to your spouse, or season tickets for your favorite team?

Don’t be surprised when gifts such as these end up in the return pile. People interpret gifts, and believe me, they are hearing your subtext loud and clear. Give a gift that they will want, not the they you want them to be. Enjoy your holiday season!

Read more at Washington Post: http://wapo.st/2h8b2EX

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Workplace Deaths in 2015 Reached Six-Year High http://nyti.ms/2hncOOE

Deaths in the workplace hit a high last year, although the rate of deaths has been falling. Transportation related deaths topped the list, accounting for over 40%.

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