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

This week’s HR News Roundup from around the web: New WOTC Category proposed by Senator for Hurricane Sandy victims, 85% of companies can’t find good employees, and (perhaps related) hiring managers may be overlooking qualified applicants.

Hurricane Sandy and WOTC
Earlier this week Senators Charles Schumer and Robert Menendez announced comprehensive legislation to reduce the tax burden on those financially impacted by superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The proposal is called “The Hurricane Sandy and National Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2012.”

Teacher claims disability — she has phobia about small children
It sounds like a joke: A former teacher is suing her employer for discriminating against her because she has a phobia about small children. But the case could turn out to be a new yardstick for just how far employees’ ADA claims can reach these days.

Man reportedly outsources his own job to China, watches cat videos
It’s a worst-case scenario for most employees: There’s someone in China who can do your job quickly, efficiently and for about one-fifth of your salary, and your boss absolutely loves his work.
But one U.S. software developer turned this nightmare on its head and actually benefited from outsourcing, a report says. That’s because, unbeknownst to his bosses, he hired a Chinese developer to do his job, allowing him to take home impeccable performance reviews while actually spending the day watching cat videos and shopping on EBay.

Try Using Employee Referrals for Filling Internal Openings
Everyone knows that employee referrals produce high-quality external hires, but what most don’t know is that employee referrals can also be used to improve internal movement and placement. This boost is often sorely needed because most corporate job posting and promotion processes are poorly designed and managed.

Workforce Woes: 85 Percent of Employers Can’t Find New Hires
The Fluke 2012 Workforce Trends Study, released by electronic test tools provider Fluke Corporation, has found that while nearly 25 percent of the American workforce is set to retire within the next five years, 85 percent of employers are having a difficult time finding candidates with the right skill sets to perform the soon-to-be-vacant jobs.

Survey: HR Hiring Officials Overlooking Qualified Job Seekers
Despite working through a period where qualified candidates seem hard to come by, a recent survey supports the idea that poor communication is contributing to hiring managers and HR officials overlooking potentially qualified candidates.

Essential HR Compliance Tips for 2013
The beginning of the year brought a little bit of relief when the government finally managed to pass a resolution saving the country from plunging over the fiscal cliff. The problem, though, is that this solution doesn’t save businesses from the negative backlash they anticipated going into 2013.

Upcoming Webinars: Compliance in 2013: Are You Prepared?
Compliance, it’s still considered by many human resource professionals as a dirty little word and now SHRM identifies compliance as an HR discipline right up there with staffing, compensation, and employee relations. This live, one-hour webcast will provide an overview of critical compliance issues for 2013 and beyond. In addition, this webcast will evaluate options for helping to ensure participants can meet regulatory demands.
January 29, 2013, 1:00pm – 2:00pm  Register

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