HR News & Articles

These HR articles will give you the news and information you need to stay up to date in the ever changing HR industry.

May 13, 2014 – 3,311 views
Barbara Richman SPHR - HR Mpact
As employers assess their organizations and make plans for the year ahead, one area to be considered is the effectiveness of supervision in interacting with employees. Although there is a need to focus on all members of management, particular attention should be given to employees’ immediate supervisors. Full Story 
May 6, 2014 – 2,591 views
Kelly Haab-Tallitsch
The IRS released Notice 2014-19 earlier this month, answering many of the open questions on the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor to qualified retirement plans. Although the IRS provided initial guidance on the impact on employee benefit plans shortly after the Court found the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, many details specific to retirement plans were still outstanding. Full Story 
April 29, 2014 – 2,911 views
HR Resource
The advent of mobile technology has brought along repercussions that have changed the way people work in a professional environment. Some organizations allow BYOD ( bring your own device) as they let the employees train and work using their own mobile devices. Mobile devices have become instrumental in providing a round-the-clock connectivity which is beneficial for a progressive organization banking on a virtual workspace. This new trend has seen many employers providing their employees with mobile devices as it has been observed to improve their productivity. Full Story 
April 21, 2014 – 2,790 views
HR Resource
Many HR professionals and even managers agree that traditional performance reviews are not effective at all. Traditional performance reviews foster animosity and reduce employee morale, making them less loyal to the company as they perceive that the company is not concerned with employee development. In fact, this obsession with rewarding employees based on the amount of work rather than the quality of work. Additionally, often only one manager is involved in giving performance reviews and appraisals and he/she has no idea how well the employee is doing and often let bias creep in. Full Story 
April 18, 2014 – 3,024 views
Samantha Esmond - SmithAmundsen LLC
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, signed into law the “Wisconsin Social Media Protection Act.” The act went into effect on April 10, 2014, and places restrictions on the types of information that Wisconsin employers can and cannot seek from employees and/or job applicants regarding their personal social media accounts. Full Story 
April 15, 2014 – 2,442 views
HR Resource
Winds of change are blowing for the disabled (mentally disabled) in Rhode Island. It was recently agreed that mentally disabled people who are currently working long hours on low paying jobs, will be given opportunities to earn minimum wages. Full Story 
April 14, 2014 – 2,726 views
HR Resource
Workplaces are now facing a new threat: an insider who can jeopardize company prospects and is a growing problem. Full Story 
April 10, 2014 – 7,315 views
GJ Macdonnell and William Weismann - Littler Mendelson, P.C.
In Revenue Ruling 2008-29, the IRS has provided specific guidance on the proper amount of federal income tax an employer must withhold in nine different situations under the supplemental wage regulations1 that became effective January 1, 2007. Typically, states with income taxes default to following federal regulation principles for distinguishing between regular and supplemental wages. In addition to federal income tax withholdings, states also look for proper withholding on supplemental wages for state income tax purposes. Full Story