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    Tractor Supply may have thought it solved a big problem. Now it has a few more.

    The retailer retreated from its diversity and climate goals after an “anti-woke” protest on social media — and ignited a backlash.

    Daphne Howland • July 11, 2024
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    Celebrating 60 years: A visual history of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

    The landmark legislation shields employees from discrimination in the workplace.

    Ginger Christ and Shaun Lucas • July 2, 2024
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    Title VII’s future will be shaped by AI, recent SCOTUS rulings, attorneys say

    The law’s anti-discrimination provisions remain a topic of complex debate, and sources who spoke to HR Dive expect the conversation to carry on well into the next several years.

    Ryan Golden • July 1, 2024
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    Compass Coffee responds to union drive with mass hiring

    The union plans to challenge the voter eligibility of scores of workers the Washington, D.C.-based chain added to its roster ahead of a scheduled mid-July election.

    Aneurin Canham-Clyne • July 1, 2024
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    Workers at DC’s Wydown cafes got organized. Then they lost everything.

    The owners of the two-unit coffee chain shut down operations in the middle of a union drive, leaving workers fighting for severance.

    Aneurin Canham-Clyne • May 30, 2024
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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 • 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