Roundup: This Week’s Popular HR News From Around The Web

HR News Roundup: Did you miss our PPACA webinar? It’s online. Also, how to recognize employee disengagement, bizarre case of pregnancy discrimination, hiring trends, the worst office party gaffes and more…. this week’s top human resources news stories from around the web.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Webinar
Patient Protection and Care Act What Employers Need to Know Webinar hosted by CMS and Brian Kelly, featuring Lorraine Bodden, Shawn Parsons and Mark Holloway, J.D.

How to Recognize Disengagement–and How to Reverse It
Botwin, who is CEO of SPC (Strategy People Culture) Consulting Florham Park, New Jersey, offers 14 signs of disengagement: High turnover, Lack of cooperation, Lack of feedback:

Healthcare Benefits Keep Evolving
Employers are keeping their healthcare costs down, in part by continuing to shift more costs to their employees. Private healthcare exchanges represent the next step in this approach. 

Right-To-Work or Wrong To Work
I  have to say it’s been fun to have a front row seat in the Right-To-Work debate that raged on in Michigan this past week!  Even President Obama made an appearance in Michigan and was probably the only one to put this debate into it’s proper context – he said Right-To-Work legislation is not about economics, it’s about politics – and for once in his life he was right.

E-Verify Legislation Map
The E-Verify Legislation Map presents a detailed and up-to-date summary of all active and proposed E-Verify laws at the city, county, state and federal level. Prepared and updated by Tracker’s legal staff, this interactive map can help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of employment verification requirements.

‘You can’t work on Sundays – you’re pregnant’
Pregnancy discrimination cases don’t get much stranger than this. A Peoria, AZ, restaurant has agreed to pay $15,000 to settle a pregnancy bias lawsuit after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claimed the employer wouldn’t let pregnant women work on Sundays.

A template for handling tricky workplace investigation interviews
You may have a lot of experience interviewing candidates for open positions, but interviewing employees as part of a workplace investigation is another animal entirely. Bernard J. Bobber of Foley & Lardner LLP recently laid out a guide for HR pros to follow when they need to interview a staff member following an employee complaint.

What Bad Hires Really Cost Companies (Hint: It’s More Than Just Morale)
Bad hires cost some companies as much as $50,000, new survey reveals. According to a new CareerBuilder study, 69 percent of employers reported that their companies have been adversely affected by a bad hire this year, with 41 percent of those businesses estimating the cost to be over $25,000, and 24 percent said a bad hire cost them more than $50,000.

6 Hiring Process Management Trends to Watch in the Future
It pays for employers to stay on top of the changes that are occurring in the Human Resources, staffing, and recruiting industry. Nowhere are more changes occuring than in the steps employers must take in the hiring process.

Betting Against the Mayan Apocalypse: Should You Keep Working, Even if the End May Be Near?
Nostradamus was wrong and the world did not end or get trashed at the beginning of the new millennium (although, sadly, his prophesied cataclysmic “fire that will fall from the sky” occurred a year later in September 2001—mentioned in case being approximately and partially right counts for something).

Worst Office Party Gaffes
Are you heading out to an office holiday party this week or next? If so, this note is for you. This note is especially targeted to readers who may head out this weekend or this next week to the potentially fun and exciting office holiday party. Potentially, I say, because the stories readers share about the behavior at their office parties are enough to make your hair stand on end.

Looking for more? Check out last week’s Roundup: This Week’s Top HR Stories From Around The Web, or follow @cmsbrian on Twitter for regular updates.
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