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

HR News Roundup: This week congress extends E-Verify, what to know about hiring temporary workers, how we can learn from the “Replacement Refs” debacle and more…. this week’s top human resources news stories from around the web.

Congress extends E-Verify program through 2015
Congress this week approved the extension of the federal E-Verify program for three years, through September 30, 2015. Originally established in the late 1990s and launched nationwide in 2003, E-Verify is a free Internet-based service through which employers can verify their employees’ legal right to work in this country. The program compares each employee’s I9 Employment Eligibility Form with U.S. government records in order to determine which individuals are working here illegally. E-Verify was set to expire at the end of this month

Hiring Temporary Employees: Read This First
When your small business needs extra hands on deck during busy times, are you relying more and more on temporary employees to fill the bill? You’re not alone. NBCnews recently reported that the trend toward temporary employment is becoming a permanent feature of the U.S. economic landscape.

Replacement Refs: It’s a Lesson About Getting the Right People on the Job
The NFL’s replacement refs are on the hot seat. The regular refs are locked out, so NFL games are now refereed by replacements who were teachers or working at Foot Locker just two months ago. They have had a rough start.

Holiday hiring predicted to be best in 5 years
(MoneyWatch) If you’re looking for a job this holiday season, a new survey by employment search site Snagajob offers good news: Holiday hiring is expected to be the highest it’s been for the past 5 years. Toys R Us announced this week it would hire 45,000 holiday workers, up 13 percent from last year, while Walmart and Kohls will hire a combined 100,000 or more temporary workers, according to the stores.

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Why Feedback is so Important
Where do I stand? How am I seen? What do you think? I don’t mean to sound needy … but a little bit of information could go a long way with me. — An employee (perhaps yours) Feedback. How appropriate that the word begins with feed. Because for many employees, information from others about how they’re perceived and how they’re doing is currently a severe source of malnourishment in today’s workplace.

English-only policy ends up costing employer a cool million
Here’s a case that illustrates why an “English-only” policy just doesn’t work in today’s workplace. A regional medical center in California recently agreed to pay $975,000 to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a class of approximately 70 Filipino-American hospital workers. According to the EEOC, the workers, mostly nursing staff, were the targets of harassing comments, undue scrutiny and discipline  — particularly when speaking with a Filipino accent or in Filipino languages like Tagalog or Ilocano.

7 Manager Tips for Resolving Conflict
Every good project manager will tell you that conflict is part and parcel of the job.  Whether it’s an issue within the team, or whether an external source is disrupting your progress, conflict happens.  Dealing with the conflict will determine whether your project succeeds or ends up as a failure. Here are seven tips to addressing and resolving conflict on the job.

Race and Age Bias Class Action Filed Against Restaurant Chain 
A class-action lawsuit filed against In-N-Out Burger claims that the California-based restaurant chain is violating federal and state nondiscrimination laws by failing to hire qualified blacks and individuals over the age of 40. The two named plaintiffs, both black and over 40, who were rejected for employment with the company, seek to represent “all other applicants for store associate and/or cleanup associate positions in California whom the company has discriminated against on the basis of race, color, and/or age.”

New I-9 May Be in Place for 2013
The Form I-9 is on the verge of the first substantive change in 25 years, according to Mary Pivec, an immigration attorney with Williams Mullen in Washington, D.C., but its release date is a topic of some debate.

Five Ways to Attract Veterans Through Your Job Posting Descriptions
How can you use military intelligence to write better job descriptions — and more successfully recruit veterans seeking a civilian job at your company?

When work is a nightmare
Are you a dreamer? According to psychologists, everyone dreams—sometimes five times a night. And it’s not all sugar-plum fairies. Surveys show that some 50% to 80% of us dream about work, with a significant portion admitting they often wake up in a cold sweat and experience work nightmares once or more a week.

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