HR News Round Up

This week’s top stories in HR:

What to Tell Workers During Open Enrollment for 2014
Workers will be confronting a changed benefit landscape in 2014. For one thing, all Americans will be required to have health care coverage or face a penalty. By Oct. 1, 2013, employees should have received a required notice about their options under federal- or state-run health care exchanges (marketplaces), notices that many will find more confusing than enlightening. Employers also may be making changes to rules that determine which employees are eligible for health coverage, perhaps excluding part-time workers who previously received coverage. But the recent Supreme Court decision that resulted in federal recognition of same-sex marriages may mean more spouses and dependents are eligible for benefits.

The Pros and Cons of Open Book Management
Open book management is a term that has been around for years, although there is still much confusion around the subject. The term itself is easy enough to understand – open book management is a business philosophy centered on involving a full staff in making a company more successful. Under the theories of open book management, involving more people in decision-making and planning can make a company thrive financially and organizationally.

Male-Female Pay Gap Hasn’t Moved Much in Years
Women earned 76.5 cents for every dollar that men did last year, moving no closer to narrowing a gender pay gap that has barely budged in almost a decade. Male full-time workers notched median annual earnings of $49,398 in 2012, compared with $37,791 for female workers, according to a Census Bureau report Tuesday. In 2011, women earned 77 cents for every $1 men earned.

Why Millennials Are Ending The 9 To 5
The 9 to 5 job may soon be a relic of the past, if Millennials have their way. A slow climb in a company was once the accepted career path. However, today the experiences of  men and women starting their careers are closer to juggling multiple positions than steady growth.

5 Problem Workers Who Can Destroy Office Morale
Are problem employees hampering your small business’s growth? Some problems can be easily spotted during a job interview, so you can avoid hiring the person in the first place. Others (like stealing) are so egregious, you can quickly fire the employee, thus eliminating the problem—and the person. But the behavior of most problem employees is more insidious—with the problematic conduct becoming apparent only after the employee has been with you for a while.

A “Like” is a Like, Court Says, and is Protected Free Speech
In a closely watched case, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held yesterday that a “Like” on Facebook is a form of speech that is protected under the First Amendment.

Even Lady Gaga has to deal with overtime lawsuits
Lady Gaga may be an international pop sensation, but even she can’t escape the wrath of employment law.  Gaga (whose real name is Stefani Germanotta) will now have to go to trial to fight an overtime lawsuit filed by a former assistant.

US employers will stop offering health insurance in five years
At least, that’s if you believe health tech entrepreneurs and their advisers. Currently, 54.9% of Americans get their health care from an employer-sponsored insurance plan. That number has been steadily falling in recent decades as health-care costs have increased, leading fewer companies to offer coverage. But the idea that employers might get out of the business altogether in five years thanks to the new US health-care law is a dramatic change.

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