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SHRM finds employee engagement, retention top list of challenges HR expects to face in coming years

June 27th, 2011

Employee engagement is the top human resource challenge organizations anticipate facing in the next three to five years according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The concern ranked “very important” and topped a list of four challenges with 69 percent of human resources professionals citing it as the top challenge [Read more...]

Experts at EEOC meeting say deliberate bias against job seekers still a major problem, offer suggestion for agency action

June 24th, 2011

According to experts at an EEOC meeting yesterday, June 23, deliberate discrimination against job seekers based on their race, sex, age, national origin, or other prohibited basis remains a national problem.
Discrimination in hiring still a problem. EEOC General Counsel P. David Lopez kicked off the meeting by recounting a hiring case he litigated against WalMart [Read more...]

Global study shows shortfall in applying training in workplace

June 24th, 2011

Results of a just released global study show that organizations must become more fully committed and engaged in the transfer of learning to the workplace. Survey findings highlight several weak areas in the on-the-job application of learning, including manager support, trainee preparation, incentives and an overall formal design and measurement process. Positive indicators of learning [Read more...]

New studies suggest employer sponsored coverage may increase because of health reform

June 23rd, 2011

Several new studies suggest that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will help to reverse a decade-long reduction in employer-provided coverage.
The studies are in part a response to a McKinsey and Company report that as many as 30 percent of employers will drop employer sponsored insurance when the PPACA is fully implemented after [Read more...]

Mass layoff events increase 2 percent from April to May

June 23rd, 2011

Employers took 1,599 mass layoff actions in May involving 143,540 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported June 22. Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer. The number of mass layoff events in May increased [Read more...]