Roundup: This Week’s Top HR Stories From Around The Web

HR News Roundup: This week find out what the census knows about state employment, how poor benefit choices leads to major waste, OFCCP’s clarifications on internet hiring rules and more…. this week’s top human resources news stories from around the web.

Can You Tell Engagement By Looking at Posture?
There’s a lot you can tell about a person just by looking at them; whether they’re feeling open or closed to interaction, if they’re happy or sad and whether or not they’re sick at the moment. According to some experts, you can also tell how productive somebody is feeling, and certain body language can increase that employee engagement.

Senator Blumenthal Promotes Hiring of Veterans
The CT News Junkie reports that U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal visited with veterans this week at Bristol’s Arna Machine to help promote hiring and tax credits. – CMS is hosting a WOTC Webinar on August 29th for both for profit and non-profits. Click here for more.

Biggest Companies of the 2012 Inc. 5000
Which of America’s fastest-growing companies sells the most stuff? Would you guess Facebook, Levi Strauss, or Publix, or none of the above? Find out.

How to Train Your High-Potential Employees
Your high-potential employees aren’t going to take over the world on their own. Here’s how you can help them help you.

OFCCP Clarifies Rules to Make Clear It’s All Up to You
If your employer does business with the federal government, you already know — or should know — the rules about Internet hiring…. Now comes clarifications of these rules from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that won’t make life any easier, but which do, at least, make it clearer what records to keep and who is responsible for keeping them.

Here’s an FMLA danger zone you might have overlooked
A recent court ruling offers a reminder of an oft-overlooked area where FMLA regs get companies in trouble: performance reviews.

Census Bureau Reveals State of State Employment
State and local governments employed approximately 16.4 million full-time workers in March 2011, according to recent estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. This number is down 1.4 percent from the same time in 2010. The report found that 8.9 million of these workers were employed in education, 964,381 worked in hospitals, 923,951 worked in police protection, and 717,940 were occupied in corrections positions.

Poor Benefits Choices Lead to Significant Annual Waste
New research out of Aflac has revealed that 56 percent of employees waste up to an annual $750 on poor insurance benefits election. Nearly 25 percent of respondents said they either chose the wrong level of coverage or chose options they didn’t need while just 16 percent of employees said they were confident in their selections. The Aflac study, entitled the 2012 Open Enrollment Survey of the Aflac Workforces Report, polled 2,500 consumers in July 2012.

California On Brink of New “Can’t Ask” Social Media Password Law
California is about to become the third state to prohibit employers from asking employees or job seekers for access to their social media postings. Without dissent, the California Senate this week approved AB1844, the privacy measure. It now requires an Assembly vote and Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature before it takes effect. The Assembly vote is likely this week and is almost perfunctory, since it has already once passed there without dissent.

5 steps to accommodate major 401(k) compliance deadline looming August 30
Many companies sponsoring 401(k) plans may not be aware that they’re facing a critical regulatory deadline on August 30. That’s the federal deadline for disclosing to employees the amounts of fees that they’re paying for their plans. The overwhelming majority of these investors don’t have the vaguest idea how much they’re paying in fees. If you’re an employer at a small or mid-sized company, there’s a good chance that you don’t either.

5 Minute Coffee Break….
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