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    ‘Quiet on Set’ highlighted sexual assault of minors in Hollywood. But this workplace issue hits close to home, too.

    It’s easy for employers to think a strong HR department is fungible, an EEOC official said, “but it's absolutely necessary for a company to survive.”

    Caroline Colvin • May 6, 2024
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    Second chance hiring can bridge labor gaps, break employment barriers

    Although some companies say they initially hire formerly incarcerated individuals to overcome a labor shortage, these programs can lead to less employee churn, lower recidivism and life-changing impact, advocates say.

    Katie Pyzyk • May 1, 2024
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    Why aren’t more women joining automotive manufacturing?

    As gender diversity remains an industry challenge, experts say companies can help tackle the problem by expanding child care options and prioritizing career development and mentorship. 

    Megan Ruggles • April 19, 2024
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    How two women in a male-dominated field found their voice

    Freya Hannah and María García Osés became empowered working at wood supplier Garnica, and their stories have lessons for HR experts looking to help women carve a career path.

    Caroline Colvin • March 27, 2024
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    Cars are king of the commute. But employers may have a once-in-a-generation chance to change that.

    A perhaps overlooked element of the return-to-office conversation: How employees get to work in the first place.

    Ryan Golden, Shaun Lucas and Julia Himmel • Updated March 26, 2024
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    Johnson & Johnson drug benefits suit ‘absolutely’ a wake-up call for employers, exec says

    Employer health plans are being held to account for drug costs, but they may lack key information when negotiating with pharmacy benefit managers and similar intermediaries.

    Ryan Golden • Updated Feb. 29, 2024
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    Why giving birth is so dangerous for Black people — and how employers can help

    Connecting pregnant workers with supporters who fiercely advocate for their health and interests may improve outcomes and allow employees to focus on what matters.

    Emilie Shumway • Feb. 28, 2024
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    Why Black hair remains a DEI battleground

    Experts in employment law, psychology and DEI data spoke to HR Dive about the cultural importance of Black hair.

    Caroline Colvin • Feb. 14, 2024
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    As states drop degree requirements, employers still seek out college grads

    Although new policies are propping up workers without degrees, experts say higher education will continue to play a role in hiring decisions and pay rates.

    Danielle McLean • Feb. 8, 2024
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    Warehouse employment keeps falling — and more layoffs loom

    Companies are shifting their focus from expansion to efficiency within their supply chain networks, leading to job cuts and facility closures.

    Max Garland • Jan. 26, 2024
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    5 trends that will shape HR in 2024

    Artificial intelligence and the return-to-office debate will persist, but so will more understated storylines — like the dreaded “panini squeeze” faced by middle managers.

    Ryan Golden • Jan. 8, 2024
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    How employers tackle the social determinants of work

    Companies are seeing workers more holistically and looking for ways to meet them where they are.

    Ginger Christ • Dec. 5, 2023
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    How organizations bridge the gap between employers and those experiencing homelessness

    For many who have experienced homelessness, finding a job is a bigger challenge than simply putting in an application.

    Ginger Christ • Nov. 7, 2023
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    4 mistakes to avoid when calling employees back to the office

    Most employers plan to implement a return-to-office plan by the end of 2024, a survey found, but there are a number of pitfalls into which HR could stumble.

    Ryan Golden • Oct. 2, 2023
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    Working parents need a village — and employers must be part of it, advocates say

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, local government officials and the DOL women’s bureau chief spoke at the National Maternal & Infant Health Summit.

    Caroline Colvin • Sept. 21, 2023
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    Successful return-to-office policies include engagement strategy, too

    Two HR experts talk to HR Dive about RTO best practices.

    Caroline Colvin • Sept. 15, 2023
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    Generative AI’s momentum casts uncertainty over the future of the IT service desk

    Experts wonder what role these tier one technologists will play in IT departments moving forward, even if analysts say fears of imminent job loss are overblown.

    Lindsey Wilkinson • Aug. 21, 2023
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    It’s not just Starbucks: Why cafes are hotbeds for unionizing

    Workers at dozens of cafes in cities from Seattle to Boston are organizing, a trend experts attribute to low wages, college education and strong social bonds among employees.

    Aneurin Canham-Clyne • July 26, 2023
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    HR pros question SHRM lineups following headliner Bill Clinton

    Having Bill Clinton at the organization’s 2023 conference was “a misstep in judgment,” one talent professional said.

    Caroline Colvin • June 22, 2023
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    Second chances: How one Indiana program is breaking down employment barriers in manufacturing

    Delaware County’s Jump program connects people in the criminal justice system with local companies to reduce recidivism and fill labor gaps.

    Megan Ruggles • June 8, 2023
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    A resume gap can be ‘an automatic whammy’ for candidates. Returnships can bridge that gap.

    Employers are increasingly turning to formal returnship programs that help people rejoin the workforce after taking time away.

    Ginger Christ • April 12, 2023
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    How second-chance hiring programs can strengthen the workforce

    For employers, second-chance hiring can be a way to tap into a new talent pool, to improve diversity and inclusion efforts and to possibly earn a tax credit. For those with a conviction in their past, fair-chance hiring is a fresh start.

    Ginger Christ • March 30, 2023
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    It ‘stops at the door’: WTW’s benefit advisors say firm’s pay practices fall short of its guidance to employers

    Workers described base pay rates that generally track market data, but said they face moving targets for bonuses and have been ignored or brushed off when raising pay concerns.

    Ryan Golden • March 6, 2023
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    Beyond the FMLA: Will a federal paid leave law ever come to pass?

    There are reasons to believe a change could be on the way — and reasons to doubt, experts told HR Dive.

    Emilie Shumway • March 6, 2023
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    Antisemitism at work: How the face of hate is changing

    The SHRM speaker explained how antisemitism these days tends to manifest as conspiracy theories and history denial.

    Caroline Colvin • Feb. 28, 2023