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|June 18, 2009|
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"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you."
- Brian Tracy
Findley Davies, a human resources consulting firm, has been honored with seven awards recognizing excellence in the concept, writing, design, and management of several communication pieces. The firm's Communication Solutions practice was presented with three International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Cleveland Vision Awards. For its work on the Retirement Plan Change Communications at Parma General Hospital, the team received an Award of Excellence in the Benefits Communication category. The practice also received two Awards of Merit for its work on the Toledo Museum of Art's Personalized Communications and University Hospital's Open Enrollment campaign.
RiseSmart, a provider of Web-enabled outplacement and job search services, announced that Margaret L. ("Peggy") Taylor, a veteran venture capitalist and HR technology company executive, has joined RiseSmart's board of advisors.
PlatformOne has been named a TOP provider of HR Outsourcing Services in the mid-market by Workforce Management (WFM). Six national providers were named in the WFM mid-market study.
PrincetonOne HirePursuit, the recruitment process outsourcing arm of PrincetonOne, a total recruitment services provider based in Skillman, NJ, has announced it will extend its partnership with iCIMS to fulfill its applicant tracking needs. The companies began working together in 2004 and recently signed a three-year agreement. iCIMS is a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of Web-based business solutions. The company has more than 750 clients worldwide and is one of the largest and fastest growing vendors in the space.
i3screen has entered into a partnership with the Employer Services segment of First Advantage Corporation to provide i3screen's enhanced drug testing services to First Advantage customers, as well as to provide i3screen customers with expanded services from First Advantage's comprehensive platform of screening solutions.
employeescreenIQ is now providing background checks for hiring professionals using greenlightjobs to source candidates.
HealthcareSource, a provider of talent management software solutions to the healthcare industry, announced three new partner programs for background screening vendor integration. Certiphi Screening, HireRight, and Universal Background Screening. HealthcareSource Position Manager is a healthcare specialty ATS used at more than 1,000 hospitals.
M5 Networks and JobDiva have partnered to build telephony integration into the JobDiva CRM application for all JobDiva and M5 customers. M5 provides Voice-over-IP managed phone systems. The new M5Connect for JobDiva allows users to track their phone traffic as part of the workflow process within JobDiva. It can also shave 20-30 seconds off each phone call and with staffing recruiters making 50 or more calls a day, the time savings alone can amount to almost a half-hour a day.
Pinstripe, Inc., a recruitment and human resources outsourcing company, will be hosting a complementary webinar on "Quality Of Hire" Wenesday, June 24th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central Standard Time. Attendees may register online at Pinstripe.
"Leading up to the recession, research indicated that a growing number of companies were starting to measure 'Quality of Hire.' The findings pointed to the positive benefits of employing a quality of hire measurement approach as part of an overall talent management strategy," said Pinstripe co-founder Anne Nimke. "Today, hiring the best employees is absolutely critical. High performing companies with leading HR and talent management strategies are searching for methods to link strong human capital practices to company performance."
Law Makers Presently Micro-Focused on HR Law
Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 Being Consider by Congress
By Michael Patrick O'Brien, Esq.
There is ongoing strong employment law activity in Congress. The House of Representatives has approved and pushed on to the Senate the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act (H.R. 466), which prohibits acts of discrimination and retaliation against an employee absent from work to get medical treatment for a service-related disability, injury or illness.
Iowa Senator Tom Hurkan has announced he is in talks to move forward this summer with some kind of compromise version of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The original, stalled version of the bill would allow union organizing via signatures on card rather than secret ballot.
A new Senate proposal (S. 1025) would prevent employers from disciplining or firing volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel when they miss work responding to emergencies for up to 14 days per year.
The House Domestic Violence Leave Act (H.R. 2515) would extend the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to apply to domestic partners and permit leave to address acts of domestic violence and stalking.
The Freedom from Union Violence Act (H.R. 2537) would impose fines and prison time on anyone committing an act of violence during a labor dispute.
Finally, the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 (H.R. 2819 and S. 1244) would make breastfeeding a protected class and require large employers to provide time and privacy for lactation. Wow! If you have read the last few updates, you have noticed similar long lists of other possible employment law bills. Congress is more active in the world of HR law right now than in recent memory.
By Michael Patrick O'Brien, Esq.
Michael Patrick O`brien is an employment attorney with Jones Waldo and serves as the director for Utah State SHRM. You may contact him at 801-534-7315 or email him at mobrien @ joneswaldo.com
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