Poll shows Americans see progress in a closing gender gap; women and men willingly make trade-offs to balance work and family life

Most Americans say that having a majority of women in the workforce is an encouraging trend for the country, despite the trade-offs that both women and men must make to balance work and family life, according to poll results announced by The Allstate Corporation and National Journal. The 12th quarterly Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll […]

Cocaine positives spike 33 percent in 2011, while amphetamine positives continue upward trend jumping 26 percent, shows Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index

Safety-sensitive workers have been subject to more stringent government drug testing rules over the past year, and the crackdown may be paying off, according to annual Drug Testing Index™ data released March 14 by Quest Diagnostics. New data reveal a 33 percent jump in cocaine positives in the safety-sensitive workforce, largely driven by new, lower […]

ANSI approves SHRM’s cost-per-hire standard as first American HR standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the cost-per-hire standard as the first American national HR standard sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management. The cost-per-hire standard provides a tool for organizations to reliably determine employee recruitment costs through an accepted algorithm that includes elements such as addressing organizations’ specific hiring cultures and […]

Report shows women bring much-needed emotional intelligence to the boardroom

Women are bringing a much needed source of emotional intelligence to the top table and as a result improving a board’s ability to innovate, make consensual decisions and connect with customers and staff. This is according to a survey by Inspire, the business network for senior board level women supported by Harvey Nash. The survey, […]

High Court’s ruling on mandatory E-Verify use may spawn more problems as states follow Arizona’s lead

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) is not preempted by federal law may give rise to significant challenges should states follow suit by requiring employers to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm workers’ employment eligibility. Increased identity theft, and in some industries, increased costs to consumers, are two […]

Companies must watch costly accrued vacation issues

The tough job market has chilled job mobility and many employees now remain with their employers for longer periods of time. In addition, the past few years of operating with a reduced workforce has made it challenging for companies to accommodate everyone’s vacation requests. As a result, accrued vacation balances are becoming a larger problem […]

AON research finds employers stress healthier habits and behavior change in an effort to lower health care costs, with some imposing a penalty for lack of effort, results

Employers are beginning to rely more on employees to stem the tide of rising health care costs, but the inability to motivate and change habits has prompted concern, according to Aon Hewitt. More than 1,000 employers nationwide were surveyed in the 2011 Health Care Survey, which revealed that the top health care outcomes organizations would […]

Study shows US organizations reinvesting in human resources spending, staffing

Bersin & Associates announced on June 1, that US organizations are starting to reinvest in human resources services and staffing following the economic downturn of the past three years, according to findings included in Bersin & Associates’ The HR Factbook 2011: Executive Summary. Organizations on average spent 1.4 percent more on HR programs, services and systems […]

Talent shortages drive nearly half of hiring managers and recruiters to seek professionals outside their local markets

America’s hiring managers and recruiters are forecasting healthy job growth for the remainder of this year, according to a new survey by Dice Holdings, Inc. Slightly more than half (51 percent ) of employers and recruiters anticipate hiring more professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months. These survey results […]

Failure to manage and retain key employees negatively affecting corporations’ bottom line

The Corporate Executive Board (CEB), a research and advisory services company, has announced research that indicates companies’ failure to manage and retain top talent is negatively affecting their balance sheets. In fact, 25 percent of top employees plan to change jobs in the next 12 months alone. For organizations that haven’t yet faced the intense […]