(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Kronos, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. During the HR Technology Conference, they announced that they have added project management tracking to their workforce management solution to help businesses better plan labor expenses. Enjoy today’s post!) 

We haven’t talked about the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA) lately. No, it’s not going away. That’s why we need to start talking about it again. January 1, 2015 will be here before you know it. (It’s about 70 days from now.)

While employers were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the deadline was first extended, I’m not seeing any signs that the deadline will be extended a second time. The Affordable Care Act has lots of requirements. Let’s face it, most human resources related laws do.

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Today’s Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos reminded me that compliance doesn’t have to be a nightmare. But, it does take becoming educated about the law, planning a strategy, and executing it well. If you’re looking for resources to help you do just that, be sure to check out the ACA resources page on the Kronos site. I like the “Pay or Play” calculator.

Are you ready for the Affordable Care Act? The deadline is approaching.


What Is Ban the Box [infographic]

by Sharlyn Lauby on October 23, 2014

This post impacts both HR pros and job seekers.

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If you’re not aware of “Ban the Box”, this is legislation you might want to pay attention to. It’s a civil rights movement organized to persuade employers to remove the box on applications that indicates an applicant has a criminal record. Our friends at HireRight did a great job of explaining “Ban the Box” in this infographic, so I wanted to share it with you.

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As the infographic points out, “Ban the Box” isn’t trying to take away the employers ability to do background checks. It is trying to give all applicants a fair chance in the hiring process.

Job seekers will want to know their rights when they apply for jobs. And human resources professionals will want to make sure they are in compliance with the laws in their area.


The Real Reason for Job Titles – Ask #HR Bartender

October 21, 2014

You’ve probably read about the trend to eliminate job titles. If not, you can catch up on the idea here and here. But before jumping on the band wagon, it’s important to understand why job titles exist. That’s what today’s reader question is about. First, I want to say I really enjoy reading your blog! […]

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The 10 Social & Tech Etiquette Rules For the Workplace

October 19, 2014

Before leaving for the HR Technology conference, I did this interview on SHRM’s WeKnowNext blog about the future of HR technology. You can check it out here. During the Q & A, I mentioned that HR departments should have “tech etiquette” courses for employees. So I thought I would toss out what my 10 tech […]

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Working Your Way Up the Career Ladder [infographic] – Friday Distraction

October 17, 2014

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF works to attract, develop and retain professionals for the restaurant industry. Enjoy today’s post!) Early in my human resources career, I was responsible for new hire orientation. Of […]

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Fighting Inequality – Blog Action Day #BAD2014

October 16, 2014

Since 2007, Blog Action Day has organized bloggers from around the world for one day to talk about a single issue. I’ve participated in Blog Action Day (aka BAD) since I started HR Bartender and have written about subjects such as human rights, famine, water, climate change, and poverty. This year’s theme for Blog Action […]

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How to Hire Employees for a Cultural “Fit”

October 14, 2014

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at SilkRoad, a leading global provider of cloud-based talent management solutions. SilkRoad’s new Life Suite platform gives users a tablet-friendly experience. Learn more here about the update. Enjoy the post!)  It could be said that when it’s time to hire an employee, skills and […]

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