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

HR News Roundup: This week fantasy football is back with the opening of the NFL season, will it cost you productivity? Also, which HR function has the biggest impact, how corporate philanthropy can drive employee engagement, the status of the I-9 form and more…. this week’s top human resources news stories from around the web.

August jobs report disappoints
(MoneyWatch) The U.S. economy added only 96,000 in jobs in August and the unemployment rate edged lower to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent. The report was disappointing for two reasons: Job creation was lower than expected and the unemployment rate dropped only because eligible workers left the labor force.

Will Fantasy Football sack workplace productivity?
Are you ready for Fantasy Football? Collectively speaking, Fantasy Football could be a logistical blip for your employer. Nationally, the employment research firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas (of Chicago Bears territory), estimates that Americans will cost their employers $6.5 billion in lost workplace productivity through the 15-week Fantasy Football season.

Texas hospital’s hiring rule on obesity prompts legal questions (Video)
KUSA – A Texas company recently made headlines when it announced it would not hire overweight workers. Do employees have protections from weight discrimination? We looked at this issue with Denver labor law attorney Kim Ryan on 9NEWS 6AM.

News Flash: Recruiting Has the Highest Business Impact of any HR Function
Within most corporate HR functions, the atmosphere is simply too politically charged to even consider raising this powerful question:“Which HR function ranks No. 1 with the highest impact on two critical business success measures — revenue growth and profit margins?” Well, the data is in, and we now definitively know that the answer is … recruiting is the most impactful HR function!

Employee Engagement: How to Keep Employee CAVE Dwellers Away
Amidst continued economic uncertainty, it’s ever more important to recruit and retain employees who will show long-term loyalty to your company. Staff turnover is a costly exercise, and it’s particularly damaging when you lose top talent.  That’s why human resources professionals are always searching for the right ingredients for employee engagement programs.  But shhh….here’s a tip on the secret sauce: corporate philanthropy.

Employers save big on wellness programs
Employers betting on wellness programs seem to be making the right call. They’re seeing $1 to $3 decreases in their overall health care costs for every dollar spent, finds a report from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

My Year Without a Computer
Could you succeed in every aspect of your job using just a smartphone or tablet? No laptop. No desktop. No landline. Sometimes, not even a desk. Could you succeed at every aspect of your job using just a smartphone or a tablet? That’s what Benjamin Robbins set out to do this year when he decided to use just one device–in his case, a Samsung Galaxy Note “phablet”–for an entire year.

I-9 Form Expired as of August 31st, 2012
Just a quick heads up for readers, the I-9 form that you have been using for your new employees expired on August 31, 2012. To my knowledge, no new form has been finalized, so according to SHRM, employers should continue to use the current Form I-9, available from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

HR Department Survey Results—How Does Your Department Compare?
HR responsibilities, HR staffing ratios, HR’s strategic role, HR outsourcing, HR reporting relationships and more, it’s all here in the results of our “Your HR Department” survey. How do you match up? See detailed findings below.

8 Rules for Internal Hiring
Want to know the truth about the hiring process? Most companies hire from within. While not at all surprising, this tidbit of information is not only valuable to the millions of job seekers, but to recruiters and hiring managers as well. According to Career XRoads’ annual Sources of Hire survey, out of the 200 companies and firms polled in 2011, internal movement and promotion accounted for 41 percent of their hiring. Again, …

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