HR News Round Up

This week’s top stories in HR:

Dos and Donts When Linking Premiums to Wellness
Spurred along by large-scale health care reforms, wellness incentive programs have grown significantly in popularity over the past several years. Rising premiums and mandated extension of coverage has led employers to pursue cost savings through proactive talent management with health-based incentives. According to the Society for Human Resources Management, spending on wellness incentive programs has doubled over the past four years. Corporations are expected to spend an average of $521 per employee on wellness incentive programs in 2013, up from $460 in 2011 and $260 in 2009.

A Mass Exodus of Millennials?
New research finds millennials leaving jobs more frequently and in greater numbers than their older co-workers. Employers and HR must put special emphasis on flexible work environments, advancement opportunities, and coaching to improve retention rates among this growing employee population, experts say.

UPS won’t insure spouses of many employees
UPS will follow thousands of other companies this fall in ending health insurance coverage of employees’ spouses if they can get coverage elsewhere. Partly blaming the health law, United Parcel Service is set to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere.

Report: E-Verify Accuracy Improving  
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released the results of the most recent Westat Survey conducted on the accuracy of E-Verify, providing “further validation that E-Verify is an accurate and robust tool.” Though the survey was completed in July 2012, the results are finally being released to the public a year later. You can now access the five-page summary and the full 145-page report online.

Are Your Offers Getting Rejected? Here’s What To Do To Before the Sendout
I just had my third offer rejected since the beginning of the year. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. When I try to get feedback from the candidates they don’t respond, so I’m at a loss. I tried to pressure close my last deal and as a result it went south. I can’t afford for this to continue and I’m looking forward to your advice.

It’s No Big Mystery: Here Are the 3 Secrets of Employee Engagement
On all of the blogs I follow, the science behind employee engagement has been one of the main topics consistently for weeks. In my opinion, there’s been an extreme overuse of the term and I fear that this will make us lose sight of what’s really important about employee engagement: our employees.

Want Happier Employees? Send Them Home
Telecommuting is either the best thing since sliced bread or the cause of all problems. After all, it was telecommuting that Melissa Mayer banned at Yahoo in order to combat waste and phantom employees. Many managers feel that they if they can’t actually see their employees, the employees aren’t working.

The anatomy of the perfect technical interview from a former Amazon VP
Neil Roseman is downright tired of hearing Silicon Valley companies say they “hire only the best and the brightest.” No matter how many times they say it, most still make decisions based on gut feel, basic credentials, GPAs, ivy league educations, flashy company names – even SAT scores. Roseman objects. As the former Technology VP for both Amazon and Zynga, he’s interviewed hundreds of people and believes every phase of the process needs to be meticulously designed to drill deep into skill sets, actual accomplishments, culture fit and leadership potential.

Fortune Favors the Prepared, and Hiring Managers Favor the Fortunate
When they’re hiring, companies are looking to find out what candidates have really done — not what they’ve participated in or watched, but what they’ve done. At least, that’s what Neil Roseman was looking for when he was Technology VP for Amazon and Zynga. “Even at the greatest companies,” he says in this illuminating piece from First Round Capital, “there’s a gap between those who get the most stuff done and those who don’t get much done…

You Might Have To Pay More Than Minimum Wage To Your Employees
So, your employees are all paid at least minimum wage and overtime. You’re good, right? Not necessarily, as a recent column in the Connecticut Law Tribune points out.  You might need to pay a “prevailing” wage — if you have a contract with the State of Connecticut. Indeed, as many companies who do business with Connecticut have learned, the contracts have a provision at the end that states that: “Employer understands that, as Contractor, it must comply with the Service Worker Statute, Sec. 31-57f of the Connecticut General Statutes as revised.”

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