War for Talent, FLSA Training Ordered, and More
Value of Candidate Personality & Skills Outweigh Experience, Hiring Managers Say
A recent Inc. article outlined the shift hiring managers and talent specialists have made from evaluating a candidate’s prior role experience to instead evaluating core skills and personality traits. Inc. says the three most important skills and characteristics all new hires should have include exceptional communication and problem solving skills, as well as fundamental leadership qualities, including the ability to “take ownership of issues” and to “understand personal limitations”.
OperationsInc CEO David Lewis on WHDT: Judge Blocks Overtime Pay for 4 Million Workers
Survey Says 34% of Employers Struggle to Compete for Talent
A recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 34 percent of employers struggle to complete for talent. Bloomberg BNA reports that 19 percent of those businesses surveyed have altered their benefits packages in the past 12 months to attract and retain employees. While ramping up benefit offerings is a great means to attract and retain teams, Bloomberg BNA cautions that many employees are unaware of the benefits offered to them, and advises employers to be sure to communicate all aspects of benefit packages to their staff, and to offer benefits that are actually of interest to their employees.
Life Time Fitness to Pay More Than $970k in Employee Back Wages & Damages, Undergo FLSA Training
Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness has been ordered to pay more than 15,000 of its employees back wages and damages totaling more than $970,000. CBS reports that the fitness giant will also have to provide “formal training on FLSA requirements” to “general managers who hire, oversee, manage, and develop employment and pay practices at locations nationwide”.
Expedited Overtime Appeal Requested by DOL
In an effort to move forward with the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime provisions, the Department of Labor (DOL) has filed a motion to “fast track” their appeal of the November 22nd Texas court decision that delayed the implementation of the new overtime laws.
EEOC Released Guidance on Mental Health Conditions
This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance outlining workplace rights for individuals with mental health conditions, including a description of protections from workplace harassment and employment discrimination. Employers should familiarize themselves with these new guidance outlines to ensure compliance.
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