HR News Roundup

Join us on Friday mornings – grab a cup of coffee and get your read on – we’ll take a look back through some of the important and sharable HR news that came across our newsfeeds this week:

Company offering employees $10,000 to leave Bay Area (Read @ SF Gate)
Silicon Valley is the global capital of the technology industry, but one tech company is offering to pay employees $10,000 to leave the Bay Area. Zapier CEO Wade Foster says the offer is part of an experimental de-location package for the company.

Doggone it! When an Employee is Allergic to a Coworker’s Service Animal (Read @ SHRM)
I received a lot of feedback on last week’s post. That was the one about an EEOC lawsuit alleging that a company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it allegedly failed to accommodate a disabled employee’s request to use a service dog. Among the reader feedback was a question about what happens when permitting an employee to use a service dog would cause another employee’s pet allergies to flare up.

How Easy Is It for Your Employees to Be Employees? (Read @ SHRM)
I once worked for organization where most employees exiting said their reason for leaving was because it was just too difficult to be an employee there. Wow! Too difficult to be an employee? As HR professionals, we hear concerns about managers, pay, or even leadership as reasons people leave. Those are big challenges most organizations face at one time or another, and they are not easy to solve. But when an employee says it’s too hard to be an employee, that should get your attention quickly.

Do You Really Need a College Degree for That Entry-Level Job? (Read @ Yahoo!)
When the job market was flooded with desperate applicants, many employers required college degrees for entry-level jobs. There was a certain cruel logic to it: Hey, might as well get the best. The job market is much tighter now, but it appears that employers haven’t relaxed their hiring criteria. That could explain why 43 percent say finding enough candidates is a top challenge in filling entry-level jobs. It’s a classic example of shooting yourself in the foot, but of course it’s also bad for the young people without college degrees who can’t get onto the bottom rung of the career ladder.

Salaried Employees Can Be Exempt or Nonexempt—Clearing the Confusion (Read @ HR Daily Advisor)
Determining whether to classify salaried employees as exempt or nonexempt can be tricky. We often think of salaried employees as being exempt from overtime. But salaried employees can fall into either the exempt or nonexempt categories depending upon several key factors. On the other hand, hourly employees are generally nonexempt with a few very specific exceptions.

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