HR budgets returning to pre-recession levels

The typical HR department saw its budget rise by 4.2% this year. That’s a slight rise from the past three years, when budget increases ran from 3.6% to 3.9%, but well up from the 2009-2011 recession levels, according to the newly released HR Department Benchmarks and Analysis report from Bloomberg BNA.

Scrutiny of arbitration agreements on the rise

If you require employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, expect more questions from them in light of recent media attention.

College completion slowing even as STEM studies grow

While the demand for educated labor continues to increase in the U.S., new research from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. suggests the supply of qualified candidates may not be keeping up with employer demand.

Checklist: Processes to prevent internal theft

A Small Business Administration report says 30% of employees admit to stealing from their employers. Every organization needs policies and procedures in place to curtail internal theft. Test your company’s efforts by answering the following questions.

Surge in mail delays delivers potential legal risk

If your HR department relies on timely mailing of compliance documents, take note of a new development.

Mandatory EEO-1 surveys due back to EEOC by Sept. 30

Check your mail! The EEOC has sent out notification letters alerting large employers that they must complete their 2015 EEO-1 surveys.  The EEO-1 is an annual survey that all private employers with 100 or more employees are required to fill out.

6 questions you must ask when buying lawsuit insurance

Employment practice liability insurance covers you against losses resulting from employee lawsuits, but it pays to shop around.

Prep new hires with a welcome package

What first impression do you give new employees? You can start new hires feeling organized and in the know (before their first days) by sending a welcome package in the mail.

What to do when an enforcement agency contacts you


The federal government, most states and some municipalities all have agencies charged with enforcing employment laws. Employers are most likely to have contact with agencies that enforce anti-discrimination laws, usually when an employee or former employee files a complaint. How you deal with those enforcement agencies when discrimination charges surface matters a lot.

Disaster and pandemic planning for employers: A primer

Having even a basic plan in place will help if and when the unthinkable strikes.

Succession planning in an era of delayed retirement

Companies are facing an aging population, prolonged careers and heightened discrimination risks. How do you create effective succession plans given these factors?

Weigh 4 factors when redesigning workspace

Cubicles or open plan? Who gets the windows—the topsiders or the front-liners? How much power should team members have in creating the workspace? And what’s the return on investment in improvements that cost real money? Here’s some of the latest thinking from the workplace design field.

Out with the old? Not so fast!

A survey of chief financial officers by Robert Half reveals that fewer than one-third fret that a mass exodus of experienced, mature employees could leave the company without leaders and legacy knowledge.

Easy way to save money: Use the Garamond font

Using Garamond in your documents instead of other common fonts could reduce printing costs by 25%. Garamond’s thinner strokes need less ink, according to a study published in the Journal of Emerging Investigators.

Lessons from LEAP 2014

From March 12 to 14, hundreds of HR professionals from across the country gathered at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for the HR Specialist’s annual Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) Symposium. Here are some nuggets of wisdom from the event.
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