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HR Roundup: What You Need to Know About Human Resources Lately

Apr 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by John Duval


Here’s what you need to know about Human Resources lately. This article recaps recent HR news including trends on the rise and legislation you need to know.

What’s been happening in Human Resources this month? New research shows trends in the workplace—while the DOL keeps trucking along with its proposed overtime rules.

Ban the Box

Equality has become a focal point for many as civil rights movements push legislation into action. One campaign gaining a lot of ground recently is Ban the Box.

Ban the Box is an international campaign of advocates for ex-offenders seeking employment. To "ban the box" is to remove the box that asks job applicants about past convictions.

The Ban the Box campaign exists to give applicants a chance to progress through the hiring process without discrimination based on criminal record.  

Earlier this year, more cities passed ordinances to put limits on how and when employers can ask candidates about criminal backgrounds. On March 24, 2016, Austin became the first city in the state of Texas (and in the southern US) to pass the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance to ban the box.

See a map of states with Ban the Box ordinances. Also, see if ordinances apply to public employers only or both public and private.


Company Culture

A study shows company culture sits at the forefront of executives minds as a tool for collaboration and performance. We’ve seen this culture trend on the rise lately, but research shows this trend may stick around for awhile.

The Hay Group division of Korn Ferry, global advising firm, performed a study of more than 7,500 executives in over 100 countries. In their research, they found that “driving culture change” ranks among the top leadership priorities. According to the study, executives choose to improve culture to drive organizational alignment and collaboration. You’ll be seeing a lot more organizations put culture at the top of their leadership and development programs.

Noah Rabinowitz, global head of Hay Group’s Leadership Development Practice, urges those business leaders who have not already adopted a company culture to do so.

“Leadership development can be the most effective tool to change behaviors. And when leaders change their behaviors, others do so, too.”

How are you or leaders in your company leading change for improved company culture?

DOL Proposed Overtime Rules

The one we’ve all been waiting for: the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rules. After proposing the change in July 2015, the DOL continues taking steps to put the rules into action. On March 14, 2016, the DOL sent the proposed revisions to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.

This type of review can take anywhere from 30-90 days. Many believe the process will be brief so the regulations can go out as soon as possible.

The proposed FLSA revision will affect almost five million US employees currently classified as exempt from overtime.

Recruitment Marketing

More than ever, Human Resources is using recruitment marketing tools and data to improve. Recruitment marketing, like it sounds, uses marketing strategies for recruiting. According to Smashfly, recruitment marketing is “your opportunity to communicate your employer brand, educate candidates on your value as an employer and influence their decision to take their career to your organization—through all the channels they use.”

Recruiters aren’t just recruiting candidates, they’re marketing to them.

A recent study by CIMS analyzed data from nearly 800 HR professionals. They performed this study to identify trends in recruiting marketing. Recruiters have been seeking new tools and strategies to stay relevant to today’s candidates. Recruitment marketing is the answer for many.

The studied shows recruitment marketing to be “a core competency of talent acquisition.”

According to the study, 48% of HR professionals have or are planning to hire someone who handles recruitment marketing. Of those surveyed, 65% agree that hiring a dedicated recruitment marketing specialist would improve their company’s recruitment success.

Will 2016 be the year your company adopts recruitment marketing?

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Topics: Latest News,, FLSA, Labor Laws, HR Trends, HR Roundup

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