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Informed Employer: On Shoulders of Giants: Lessons from Boomers on Developing Your Millennial Workforce

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States Seeking to Help Workers Get Out of Non-Compete Agreements
An estimated 30 million Americans -- nearly one fifth of the nation's work force -- are hobbled by so-called non-compete agreements, fine print in their employment contracts that keeps them from working for corporate rivals in their next job. Now, several states are looking to untangle workers from these agreements.
(Source: The New York Times, 2016-06-28) Read the full article
OSHA to Release Final Anti-Retaliation Guidelines Later in 2016
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will have a busy regulatory agenda during the second half of 2016, including the planned publication of anti-retaliation and health and safety program management guidelines, according to the head of OSHA. The final anti-retaliation guidelines, a draft of which was published in December 2015, will "hopefully" be released in December, David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, told attendees of the American Society of Safety Engineers annual conference in Atlanta.
(Source: Crain's Detroit Business, 2016-07-03) Read the full article
Employees May Face Tax if Companies Provide Wellness Incentives
Employers are providing more incentives for employees to take care of their health and in return, are realizing significant benefits. A recent Chief Counsel Advice memorandum from the IRS reminds employers and their employees that certain benefits provided by workplace wellness programs are taxable income to the employee.
(Source:, 2016-06-28) Read the full article
More Companies Offering Employees Use of Telemedicine Kiosks
Less than a decade ago, telemedicine was mainly used by hospitals and clinics for secure doctor-to-doctor consultations. But today telemedicine has become a more common method for patients to receive routine care at home or wherever they are -- often on their cellphones or personal computers. In the past several years, a growing number of employers have provided insurance coverage for telemedicine services enabling employees to connect with a doctor by phone using both voice and video.
(Source: Healthcare IT News, 2016-06-21) Read the full article
Study Finds Doing Away with Reviews Can Actually Harm Performance
If there's one thing workers hate more than being rated and reviewed, it might be not getting a rating or a review. Companies who have gotten rid of a ratings system using numbers or grades to judge employees -- and many have over the past few years -- actually saw overall worker performance decline, according to depressing new research from advisory firm CEB.
(Source: The Huffington Post, 2016-06-29) Read the full article
Study Concludes Social Media Use in Workplace Has Both Pros, Cons
According to a study by Pew Research Center, social media can encourage both positive and unproductive behaviors that could negatively impact how employees interact and produce their work. It turns out that social media isn't just used for winding down and taking "mental breaks" (though those were popular reasons).
(Source: Tech.Co, 2016-06-23) Read the full article
OSHA Reminds Employers to Protect Workers from Extreme Heat
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is reminding employers to protect workers exposed to high temperatures. In 2014, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job.
(Source: Nebraska Radio Network, 2016-06-23) Read the full article
More Companies Finding Employees Quitting Without Giving Notice
For almost all of us, there comes a moment when we are tempted to quit our jobs on the spot. A growing number are actually doing it, many employers say.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2016-06-21) Read the full article
Fair Labor Standards Act Celebrates Seventy-Eighth Year
Though many Americans today might think of Social Security as Franklin D. Roosevelt's most significant domestic achievement, it was another New Deal law that changed that nation into one in which children were protected, workers were fairly paid and hours were limited, to eight hours a day and five days a week. Though it has far less name recognition today, the Fair Labor Standards Act -- the FLSA, signed on June 25, 1938 -- changed the entire employment culture of the United States and easily rivals Society Security in its importance.
(Source: Time, 2016-06-24) Read the full article
On Shoulders of Giants: Lessons from Boomers on Developing Your Millennial Workforce

Michael Tooley

If hysterical blog titles are any guide, the challenges associated with incorporating workers from the Millennial generation (born between 1980 and 1996) into the modern workplace rank somewhere between the impact of climate change and the all-too-real trauma of male pattern baldness in a listing of the great trials of our age. (See author’s picture above.)

An internet search using my favorite search engine turns up over 781,000 results for "problems with millennials in the workplace" and 13.6 million hits for "the problem with millennials" more generally. A representative view expressed in these articles describes millennials as "lazy, entitled, narcissistic job-hoppers," which would not be such a problem if there were not 73 million of them in the United States alone.

"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here" makes for a fantastic pirate's slogan, but not much of a strategy for developing the next generation of talent to lead our organizations. It also neglects the very real strengths of the millennials, including a desire to make a difference in the world. Fortunately, a better strategy has been identified by the folks at Gallup, Inc. in their report published June 30, 2016, "How Millennials Want to Work and Live.”

Read more here.


When a Tie isn’t Really a Tie – Winners and Losers of U.S. v. Texas

Christl Glier

Through a deadlocked 4-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively affirmed the lower court’s decision in U.S. v. Texas, blocking implementation of two “Deferred Action” immigration initiatives announced as part of President Obama’s Executive Action in 2014. These initiatives would have expanded the initial “Deferred Action” program implemented in 2012, which provides eligibility for employment authorization and temporary relief from deportation for certain undocumented individuals. The federal government has not indicated whether it will pursue any further action at this time, but the 2012 Deferred Action program is not affected by this recent decision.

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