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SHRM survey finds most organizations greet new employees with orientation

April 14th, 2011

More than 80 percent of organizations say welcome aboard to new hires through formal or informal programs, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported in a new survey. The survey showed that one-third of organizations begin onboarding activities when a job offer is accepted. An additional one-third begins them on a new hire’s first [Read more...]

Transgender employee can maintain sexual harassment, hostile work environment claims against Home Depot; supervisors failed to take action in response to verbal, physical threats by coworkers

April 13th, 2011

After being subjected to threats of violence and verbal abuse, a Home Depot employee who described herself as “intersexed” or a “partial hermaphrodite” proffered sufficient evidence to defeat the home improvement store’s summary judgment motion on her hostile work environment sexual harassment claim (Hughes v The Home Depot, Inc, April 11, 2011, Irenas, J). However, [Read more...]

More than one-third of workers will put tax refund into savings

April 13th, 2011

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 46 percent of workers said they plan to use their tax refunds to pay off bills, down from 56 percent last year. In addition, more than one-third (36 percent) of workers report they will use their tax refund to augment their savings accounts, up from 34 percent who said [Read more...]

Ninth Circuit affirms injunction barring enforcement of Arizona immigration law provisions

April 12th, 2011

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled on Monday, April 11, that a federal court in Arizona did not abuse its discretion when it blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing key provisions of its controversial immigration law pending a challenge to the measure by the Obama Administration. The lower court properly concluded that [Read more...]

Social networking websites gain in popularity as an employer recruiting tool

April 12th, 2011

More than half of human resource professionals (56 percent) use social networking websites to source potential job candidates, a significant increase from 2008 (34 percent), according to a new poll from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The poll – SHRM Research Spotlight: Social Networking Websites and Staffing, – found that, not only are [Read more...]