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

This week’s HR News Roundup from around the web: Seven Ways for HR to Innovate, how to save with electronic payroll, Walmart plans to hire 200,000 Veterans, improving performance reviews and more!

The Efficiencies and Savings of Electronic Payroll
Old methods of payroll processing required calculations by hand and physical checks for all personnel, even at major employers, but those are outdated modes for a reason. Now, integrated human resources management software and advanced payroll software can assist in completing these tasks quickly and efficiently, as well as provide all staff members with a way of reviewing a plethora of information about their payment and employment status. Finding the options to best utilize these solutions and other options that most fit with these tools can help save money for companies.

Why HR Can’t Innovate
With unemployment still so high, it’s amazing to hear that employers are clamoring for talent. The so-called talent shortage is a major topic at human resources and recruiting conferences, and the balance of messages on my answering machine has shifted over the past year from inquiries by job seekers to contacts by HR folks seeking referrals to talented job candidates.

Veterans like the sound of Wal-Mart’s promise
Wal-Mart is making a big promise to veterans. America’s largest private employer is offering a job to any recent military vet who wants one. The plan targets a large group of people that are looking for work. Wal-Mart’s five year plan promises a job to any veteran who has been honorably discharged from active duty within the past 12 months. In doing so, it would double that number of veterans working in its stores and offices, from 100,000 to 200,000 veterans.

Severe Flu Season Challenges Employers
The 2012-2013 flu season has hit early and hard. The severity of the flu outbreak has left many employers pondering if their organizations’ health and attendance policies are helping or hampering their efforts to keep the flu from spreading.

How To Make Performance Reviews Relevant
Yes, it’s that time of year again — when the groans of managers can be heard over the mere mention of the words, “Annual Performance Reviews.” Many managers see performance appraisals as nothing more than an empty, bureaucratic exercise forced on them by HR. And simply search the Internet on the words, performance appraisal, and you’ll find various polls revealing the high percentage of employees who feel appraisals are pointless. Hmmm…see the link here?

New Legislation proposed for businesses in CT, NJ & NY affected by the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy
On December 9th, 2012 Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced legislation to reduce taxes for individuals and businesses in the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Areas.

SHRM Surveys Gauge Health Care Costs, Wellness and Flex Benefits
Employers are remodeling their health benefits to shift decision-making and cost accountability to employees. Additionally, workplace flex arrangements remain underused, according to SHRM member surveys on workplace benefits.  In January 2013 the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released a series of State of Employee Benefits in the Workplace reports, based on surveys sent to SHRM members in 2012. SHRM Online previously reported on survey findings concerning the use of employer-sponsored benefits to recruit and retain employees and how employers communicate with their employees about workplace benefits.

Returnships: Internships for a New Generation
Need Skilled Workers? Consider a Returnship Program. It’s a common story these days: companies can’t find the qualified candidates they need, despite the high unemployment rate. But some employers are solving this dilemma through what are known as returnship programs. Returnships, or return-to-work programs, are commonly described as internship programs for older professionals who have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. In many cases, they are designed to help these individuals refresh their skill sets, learn new technologies and ease back into the corporate world.

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 29th 1pm Eastern Time

Introduction to Sage HRMS (For Prospective Customers)
Learn how Sage HRMS can make HR more strategic and solve your HR and payroll challenges with integrated solutions including HR, payroll, benefits, training, recruiting, compliance, and talent management.
February 6, 2013, 2:00PM – 3:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

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