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Are you missing the best candidates? Defeat the robots

Given the ease of online portals, posting a job opening online is easy and inexpensive. But a survey by Preptel, a job search firm, revealed that well over half of résumés submitted through a portal like Indeed or ZipRecruiter never make it to your desk.

EEOC commissioner targets abortion travel benefits

An EEOC commissioner launched probes of companies offering abortion travel subsidies to employees. The commissioner alleges discrimination against pregnant workers who are not offered equivalent benefits.

What the elections mean for employers

The mid-term elections are now over. What do the results mean for employers nationally and in specific states? Here are a few possibilities.

What’s in a name? Are you happy with “HR department”?

A growing number of companies are using terms like “talent management” instead of “human resources.”

Your handbook could get you sued

Common handbook rules require honesty on a job application and prior approval before taking on a second job, as well as proof that any second job wouldn’t interfere with the first one. That way, you may assume you can fire a worker who lied on their application or whose moonlighting would conflict with the day job. Unfortunately, each of these handbook rules could backfire if used to justify a demotion or termination.

Draft your executive contingency plan

We live in a culture where easy access to social media networks means a single indiscretion can become common knowledge in a few hours or even minutes. For employers, this can mean being forced to react to bad publicity almost immediately. That’s one reason every employer should have a contingency plan for not just responding but also for instant, pre-authorized action.

Court orders rehiring of unvaxxed workers

Some employers are bracing for a rough flu/covid season. But should you insist that your employees vaccinate against them? That depends.

Kroger needed a policy for a rainy day

Kroger has settled a religious bias claim for $180,000. Two religious employees in Arkansas refused to wear the grocery chain’s rainbow heart logo on their aprons because they claimed the rainbow represented support for LGBTQ people and politics, which they opposed on religious grounds.

Welcome back to the office. Hello, flu season

After two years of worrying about covid, a familiar virus again makes its way into the newly inhabited workplace: the office cold. Here’s what health and workplace experts advise.

Activate your approaches to mental health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports heightened stress and anxiety levels. Rather than wait for employees to reach out when problems are severe, HR can be proactive.