HR central to organizations’ sustainability efforts, according to SHRM report

Almost three-fourths of organizations (72 percent) report engaging in sustainable workplace or business practices, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) said in announcing the results of a survey conducted in partnership with San Francisco-based consulting companies Aurosoorya and Business for Social Responsibility. The survey report Advancing Sustainability: HR’s Role examines the role of human […]

DOL proposes change to non-immigrant certification regs

The Department of Labor has published a notice of proposed rulemaking on March 18, 2011. The DOL proposes to amend its regulations governing the certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural employment and the enforcement of the obligations applicable to employers of such nonimmigrant workers. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking […]

SHRM survey finds most organizations greet new employees with orientation

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 […]

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

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 […]

Social networking websites gain in popularity as an employer recruiting tool

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 […]

Expert identifies top three employment law trends that should be at the forefront of employers’ minds

Employers continue to combat the toughest economy in decades and deal with an explosion of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) charges and employment lawsuits. In this time of unprecedented employment law risk, Shanti Atkins, Esq., president and CEO of ELT, details the following top trends that employers should absolutely have on their radar: 1. Sexual orientation, […]

Initiative launched to help match jobs with the unique skills veterans bring to the marketplace

DirectEmployers Association (, a non-profit consortium of over 600 leading US employers, announced on April 6 an extensive online program to assist transitioning military personnel in all branches of our armed forces, their spouses, dependents, and caregivers in quickly and efficiently finding employment. The program will provide military personnel and their dependents access to […]

Two in five organizations making greater use of independent contractors

As many as 41 percent of employers have used more independent contractors over the past two years, according to an online survey of 430 senior human resource executives conducted by Right Management. Asked if their organizations had seen an increase in the use of independent contractors in the last two years, 41 percent of respondents […]

Global survey reveals companies still fail to communicate strategy, nurture top performers, or accurately align pay-for-performance

Companies today are not effectively executing against strategy and the business leaders know it, with 80 percent recognizing that they are not doing their best to communicate strategy through the organization, let alone execute against it, according to new research commissioned by SuccessFactors, Inc. and Accenture. With global power shifting from West to East, the […]

Multifaceted challenges warrant re-examination of key provisions of H-1B visa program

The GAO issued a report highlighting the challenges faced by the H-1B program, the program for hiring temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations. Congress created the H-1B program in 1990 to enable U.S. employers to hire temporary, foreign workers in specialty occupations. The law capped the number of H-1B visas issued per fiscal year at […]