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Julie Kramer

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Rethinking Workplace Vaping Policies in Light of the CDC Warning

September 13, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged Americans to refrain from using e-cigarettes while it investigates the link between vaping and lung disease—a move triggered by six deaths and hundreds of sickened vapers....

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Filed Under: HR News, Workforce Management

How to Comply with Salary History Bans—Here, There, and Everywhere

September 06, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

Tracking salary history bans is like playing a game of Whac-a-Mole. As soon as you master the law in one jurisdiction, another one pops up. To date, 18 states and 19 counties and cities have passed these laws, which prohibit employers from...

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Filed Under: Compliance, HR News, Payroll & Tax

5 "Outside the Box" Ways to Fill Your Talent Pipeline during a Labor Shortage

August 29, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

Desperate times call for desperate measures. If your business has been hurt by the labor shortage—like many that are powered by an hourly workforce—you’re undoubtedly working to juice up your recruiting efforts.

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Filed Under: Applicant Tracking & Hiring

New House Bill Requires OSHA to Create Workforce Heat Illness Protections

August 23, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

Does your company have a heat illness prevention program in place? Someday soon, you may be required to in order to maintain OSHA compliance. Last month, U.S. Representatives Judy Chu of California and Raul Grijalva of Arizona introduced a new...

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Filed Under: Compliance, HR News, OSHA

ACA Compliance News: 2020 Affordability Threshold Lowered, More 226-J Penalty Letters Unleashed

August 16, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is back in the news. Recently, the Internal Revenue Service released the employee affordability threshold percentage for 2020 via Revenue Provision 2019-29, and the new number benefits employees over employers....

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Filed Under: Compliance, Human Capital Management, HR News, Affordable Care Act

Preparing for I-9 Audits and ICE Raids under the Trump Administration

August 09, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

If your hourly workforce includes immigrant workers, have you tightened your relevant HR processes lately? Many businesses have, as the Trump Administration’s focused approach to immigration enforcement creates new pressures for employers and...

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Filed Under: Compliance, HR News

Great Managers Aren't Born, They're Trained

August 05, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

If your company depends on an hourly workforce, your frontline managers can make or break your business. In industries that operate on chronically-slim margins, every detail matters—and that includes every single frontline manager.

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Filed Under: Human Capital Management, Workforce Management, Performance Management, Learning and Development

Are You Ready for Fair Workweek Laws, Building Service Contractors?

July 25, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

If you think fair workweek laws only apply to restaurants and retailers, think again. On July 24, 2019, Chicago’s City Council unanimously passed a sweeping fair workweek law that covers building services, manufacturing, and healthcare, as well...

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Filed Under: Compliance, HR News, BSCs

How Manufacturers Are Filling Jobs- and What's Often Overlooked

July 18, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

Call it a labor shortage. Call it a skills gap. Call it the thing that keeps you up at night. If you work on the HR or management side of manufacturing, chances are, unfilled jobs on your production floor are an anxiety-inducing reality. While...

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Filed Under: Applicant Tracking & Hiring, Manufacturing

Beyond ADA Compliance, Employers Are Actively Recruiting Workers with Disabilities

July 12, 2019 By Julie Kramer - Leave a comment

If you’re struggling to fill open positions within your hourly workforce, you’re not alone. More than 7.3 million jobs are going unfilled, according to the latest BLS jobs report. As a result of the labor shortage, some forward-thinking employers...

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Filed Under: Compliance, Human Capital Management, Workforce Management, Applicant Tracking & Hiring