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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
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    DEI isn’t dead. It’s just evolving, experts say.

    Two practitioners made sense of the less-than-stellar 2023 DEI outlook and offered HR tools to adapt.

    Caroline Colvin • Feb. 22, 2023
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    FMLA: The 30-year legacy of a celebrated — and complicated — employment law

    The law has helped hundreds of millions of workers in its relatively short history. But the FMLA doesn’t provide paid leave, and employers say it can be difficult to administer.

    Ryan Golden • Updated Feb. 6, 2023
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    Why employee benefits packages are likely to survive 2023’s budget cuts

    Benefits teams will need to ensure their packages meet employees’ most pressing needs while justifying their investments to leadership.

    Ryan Golden • Jan. 27, 2023
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    6 diversity and inclusion trends to watch in 2023

    As HR researchers clock DEI as a way to attract top talent, here’s what labor experts told HR Dive are top 2023 workforce trends.

    Caroline Colvin • Jan. 25, 2023
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    5 trends that will shape HR in 2023

    The attention paid to people issues has placed HR leadership in the C-suite’s spotlight, but the next task is keeping the momentum going.

    Ryan Golden • Jan. 24, 2023
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    ‘Take a deep breath’ in response to FTC noncompete ban, attorneys say

    Employers may have other options as the FTC rule progresses.

    Ryan Golden • Jan. 13, 2023
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    Could the ‘comprehensive learner record’ solve a hiring headache?

    The initiative is intended to make up for the shortcomings of the academic transcript, but it faces tough competition.

    Chris Gaetano • Jan. 3, 2023
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    Want to retain new parents? Focus on the return-to-work phase.

    “You completely change as a human being … but you also change as an employee,” Melissa Wirt, CEO and founder of Latched Mama, told HR Dive.

    Emilie Shumway • Dec. 15, 2022
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    How to address mental health issues in compliance with FMLA, ADA

    During the past few years, work scenarios have changed, particularly with regard to mental health issues, employment attorneys told attendees at a recent Florida Bar conference.

    Laurel Kalser • Nov. 3, 2022
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    5 tips for managing FMLA leave and PTO in the post-COVID-19 landscape

    On its face, the FMLA may appear simple, but COVID-19 continues to add wrinkles to leave administration.

    Ryan Golden • Oct. 31, 2022
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    SCOTUS ponders: Should a worker making $200K annually be overtime-exempt?

    A small wrinkle in the FLSA’s exemption for highly compensated employees poses a conundrum for the high court.

    Ryan Golden • Oct. 14, 2022
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    Are NDAs on the way out?

    As the fifth anniversary of the #MeToo movement nears, Congress is making moves to dismantle some of the workplace roadblocks that brought it about.

    Emilie Shumway • Oct. 10, 2022
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    As NYC restricts AI in hiring, next steps remain cloudy

    Other bills are on the books, but some hope regulation will ultimately force software audits and address algorithm biases.

    Brian Eastwood • Oct. 7, 2022
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    Training for cannabis jobs gets to heart of L&D ‘build or buy’ dilemma

    Skills developed in other industries are transferable, an HR expert said.

    Caroline Colvin • Sept. 21, 2022
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    How employers can support sober employees this holiday season

    Not everyone can participate in alcohol-infused merrymaking.

    Caroline Colvin • Aug. 15, 2022
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    Grocery is one of the biggest, oldest industries. How is it delivering on DEI?

    Grocery may be a case study for hefty ideological overhauls.

    Caroline Colvin • July 27, 2022
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    Can HR forecast and shape company culture for a new era?

    After the pandemic shattered culture expectations, HR is still trying to pick up the pieces, according to HR Dive’s Identity of HR survey.

    Ryan Golden • July 18, 2022
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    Have grocers and workers entered a new chapter in their relationship?

    As stores struggle with staffing and unionization efforts expand, workers are pushing retailers for better conditions. How the dynamics will play out remains far from settled, labor experts said.

    Sam Silverstein • July 5, 2022
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    How retailers' attitudes toward unionization clash with their ESG policies

    There is rising shareholder interest in these issues due to a growing sense that organized labor presents an opportunity to stabilize the business, experts said.

    Daphne Howland • June 21, 2022
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    How to avoid immigration pitfalls in the hybrid and remote work era

    Immigration experts encourage employers to stay informed about regional movements of employees holding H-1B visas.

    Ryan Golden • June 10, 2022