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

This week’s HR News Roundup from around the web: This week, what 2013 has in store for HR, can you be too sexy for your job and more.

Inside HR: Julie Loubaton, on the Power of HR Technology
With its constant improvements and advances, HR technology is the most exciting thing happening to the profession today, says senior staffing manager Julie Loubaton. “Things are just changing so rapidly, it’s really cool to me,” she told Monster at the Society for Human Resource Management’s 2012 conference in Atlanta.

Social Tools Can Improve Employee Onboarding
Remember for just a moment the first few weeks in your job. Chances are it took you a while to get in the swing of things and to get fully comfortable and productive. Thinking even further back, once you accepted the job and before you showed up for your first day, how much communication was there between you and people in your new company? Was the company organized — did processes flow smoothly on your first day and then your first week?

Vacation days becoming employee friendly commodity
Once the year-end comes into sight, employees everywhere begin fretting about their vacation days. Many wish they could get more time away from the office, while others wonder how they’ll ever use up all of their days off.

Can You Be Too Sexy For Your Job? The Iowa Supreme Court Says Yes
You can be too sexy for your job, at least according to the Iowa Supreme Court, which just ruled that a dentist in that state was within his rights to fire an assistant whom he and his wife deemed too attractive. In a 7- 0 decision, the court ruled that it is lawful for employers to fire employees whom they find to be “irresistibly attractive,” even if there are no performance-related grounds for termination.

What 2013 Has in Store for Us: The Annual Hiring Forecast Is Here
Although 2013 is expected to bring more jobs (along with spiked eggnog-fueled versions of Auld Lang Syne and maybe a not-so Rockin’ Eve sans Dick Clark), U.S. employers are playing it cool right now. According to CareerBuilder’s annual hiring forecast, conducted among 2,611 hiring managers and HR professionals and 3,991 workers, more than a quarter — 26 percent — of hiring managers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in the New Year, up three percentage points over 2012.

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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