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[HR Roundup] Hiring is up, the U.S. House passes LGBTQ workplace protection bill + more HR news

Posted on May 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM by John Duval

As summer draws closer and temperatures rise, May’s roundup proves things are heating up for the HR industry, too.

The Department of Labor reports hiring is surging, and unemployment is dropping, while Robert Half says a significant chunk of job candidates are reneging on their offers (causing extra headaches for recruiting departments). And the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed two bills that could impact HR processes in the months ahead, though it’s uncertain how this legislation will fare in the Senate. Plus, CRM giant Salesforce pledges to train American workers on crucial tech skills.

To keep you current, here’s a quick breakdown of the biggest stories from May:

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Soft skills training: What is it and when do you need to invest in it

Posted on May 21, 2019 11:00:00 AM by John Duval

When it comes to making hiring decisions, most employers begin by evaluating hard skills — technical competencies such as the ability to use a particular computer program, operate a machine or speak a foreign language. After narrowing the list down to the best-qualified candidates, HR leaders typically begin assessing professionals’ soft skills, such as communication, leadership, teamwork and time management.

Both sets of skills are critical to an employee’s success, as both impact business outcomes and both factor into hiring choices. But while most companies offer their employees numerous opportunities to further develop technical skills throughout their career, few organizations focus on nurturing their team members’ soft skills.

Here’s why you should focus on building your workforce’s soft skills, and how to do it effectively.

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Getting FMLA forms right

Posted on May 14, 2019 11:00:00 AM by John Duval

If administering the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives you an enormous headache, you’re not alone. From deciphering medical certification information and assessing employee eligibility to completing required paperwork and submitting notice, it’s certainly no simple task.

But FMLA doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Below, we’ve shared a few actionable tips you can use to streamline your processes and get FMLA forms right.

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5 common HR manager interview questions and how they can guide your career

Posted on May 7, 2019 11:00:00 AM by John Duval

As an HR expert, your hiring decisions often hinge on a candidate’s performance in their job interview — especially when they’re applying for a leadership position. However, when it comes to your own career advancement, it can be challenging to determine what to say.

But, as you know, taking the time to research popular interview questions and rehearse thoughtful responses ahead of time can increase your chances of earning a coveted leadership position.

Whether you’re currently interviewing for a new role or simply considering pursuing new opportunities in the future, here are several popular HR manager interview questions and tips for formulating the best responses:

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[HR Roundup] LinkedIn’s Top 50 Companies, Employees are rushing benefits decisions + more HR news

Posted on Apr 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM by John Duval

As we kick off the second quarter and resurface after a strenuous tax season, HR leaders are looking ahead to new initiatives—and several emerging trends and insights could shape employers’ efforts for the remainder of the year.

From newly proposed protections for LGBTQ individuals and workers organizing against climate change to the DOL’s response to mental health concerns and employee confusion over benefits packages, a lot is happening in the world of human resources.

To help you stay up to date, here’s a recap of the top stories from April affecting HR departments across the country:

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