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Jun 30, 2015



DOL Announces Long-Awaited Overtime Expansion Proposal
The Department of Labor (DOL) announced June 30, 2015, a highly anticipated proposed rule that would extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million white-collar workers.

New FLSA Rules Put Focus on Compliance
The Department of Labor’s proposed rule to limit the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA’s) white-collar exemptions is likely, when finalized, to add to “the explosion of class-action litigation under the wage and hour statute,” cautioned attorney Robert A. Boonin, during a concurrent session June 30.

General Session:

Mikaenews.jpgKnow Your Value—and Then Grow It, Says Mika Brzezinski
The “Morning Joe” cohost, keynoter in today's general session at the SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition, wants women to step out of their comfort zone and negotiate for what they’re worth.

Session Coverage:

Marriage Equality Nationwide Changes Benefits Landscape
“Everything has changed regarding benefits for same-sex couples” in the last few years, culminating with the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26, 2015, ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, said attorney Todd Solomon. In his concurrent session, Solomon looked at the steps employers must now take to comply with the high court’s ruling that the U.S. Constitution requires same-sex marriage to be recognized throughout the United States.

HR Issues High on Washington, D.C.’s Agenda
The Obama administration is gliding toward the end of its second term, looking to lock up unfinished policy matters such as revision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules and expedited union elections, as Republicans and Democrats gear up for the 2016 presidential elections, said Michael P. Aitken, SHRM’s vice president for government affairs.

Tips for HR Departments of One
Being an HR department of one is a challenging, undervalued and often unappreciated job. But it’s interesting. And, have no doubt that it’s important, said Lori Kleiman, SHRM-SCP, president of consulting company HR Topics. Kleiman, who specializes in HR for small businesses, offered some tips to beleaguered solo HR professionals.

Cast a Wide Net with Harassment Policies
Be careful about the wording of harassment policies, which should be broad enough to prohibit all types of harassment without making employers more vulnerable to claims than they would be without the policies, recommended Jonathan Segal, an attorney with Duane Morris in Philadelphia.

Cultivating the Sixth Sense for HR
Knowing what others are thinking is key to many issues that HR professionals address, whether they’re assessing engagement, job satisfaction or the motives behind people’s decisions. Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, discussed the science behind perception during his Masters Series session.

Successfully Disputing Unemployment Claims
Southwest Airlines improved its success rate in disputing unemployment claims by 23 percent for discharge cases by implementing a system for managers that helps them record the story behind an employee’s departure, according to Kevin Minchey, an attorney with the airline. This translated into a savings of $400,000 in one year, he noted during his concurrent session.

The Benefits of RPO Continue to Evolve
The $3.2 billion recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) industry has grown from being primarily a cost-cutting measure to a full strategic partner that can provide workforce scalability and analytics, said Terry Terhark, president of talent acquisition solutions for ADP. “We expect RPO to grow as more and more companies are getting comfortable with the strategy beyond just filling hard-to-fill jobs,” Terhark told conference attendees.

Including People with Disabilities Makes Business Sense
“Everybody is important, and we’re asking you to look beyond the normal recruitment sources you’re using and reach out to people with disabilities,” said Colet Mitchell, a policy advisor at the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Health Care Reform: The Dust Has Settled, but Strategic Questions Remain
“There’s not an expectation of significant changes to the law,” said David Lindgren, compliance officer at Flexible Benefit Services Corp. That will be the case as long as Barack Obama is president and Republicans control Congress, Lindgren said. And as time passes, it becomes more and more difficult to repeal an established law, he noted, adding, “Employers should remain under the status quo.”

Diversity Efforts Should Tread New Ground
Diversity needs a new language and approach, Joe Gerstandt, speaker and author with Talent Anarchy, told attendees in his concurrent session, “The Future of Diversity and Inclusion: Five Next Practices."

Listen—Don’t Look—for Lies
Can you spot a liar? Most people can’t, and that’s because they’re paying attention to unreliable cues to deception, said Michael Wade Johnson, CEO of Clear Law Institute, during a June 30 mega session.

More Conference News:

Meet the SHRM Foundation Annual Conference Scholarship Winners
Five HR professionals, who have never before attended a SHRM annual conference and needed financial help to do so, have won scholarships from the SHRM Foundation to attend the 2015 gathering in Las Vegas. Here are the winners:

Cindy King: Fate Led Scholarship Winner to HR

Ronda Wakefield: HR a 'Natural Fit'

Edna Lugo: Balancing HR Career with Life as Military Wife

Jon DeArmond: Fatherhood Ignites Drive to Succeed 

Jatisha Marsh: Creating Change on a Larger Scale

Globalization Presents Complex Challenges for HR Managers
As organizations become increasingly global, HR managers will face new challenges as they try to build productive, cohesive workforces that in some cases span many cultures, countries or regions, according to a paper by the SHRM Foundation and researched in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Student/Faculty Events Inspire Future Leaders
The SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition is bringing together HR students and faculty from across the U.S. and around the world to be inspired by HR thought leaders. It’s also providing opportunities for HR students to meet with, and be mentored by, young HR professionals.    

SHAPE, Student Chapter Merit Award Winners Announced


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