What We’re Reading — October 2019

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Don’t be scared of the volume of people risk management news and information out there. The content experts at ThinkHR read it all so you don’t have to. Here are 10 stories that caught our attention over the past month.

Where FLMA and the ADA Meet

The intersection of FMLA and ADA accommodations can be difficult, as illustrated by a recent case in which a jury declared the termination of a woman with postpartum depression, who was fired after asking for a second extension on her maternity leave, was unlawful. Read more in Inc.

Retaliation Claims Are on the Rise

More than half of EEOC cases include claims of retaliation — a large increase from just a decade ago. Learn five ways you can protect your company from retaliation claims stemming from incidents of discrimination or harassment. Read more in Corporate Compliance Insights.

When Times Are Tough

Work-life balance is never simple, but when facing a crisis in your personal life, it becomes even more difficult to handle. Check out five ways you can get through a divorce, death, diagnosis, or other rough patch — or help counsel employees through one. Read more on Thrive Global.

Emotional Intelligence

In HR, you are used to dealing with all kinds of people. Get tips for how to handle employees with five different personality types — from the gossip to the pessimist — using emotional intelligence. Read more in Fast Company.

Fight the Stigma

Mental health conditions still carry a heavy stigma in the workplace, even though they affect one in five people. Untreated or undertreated mental illness carries heavy costs in employee productivity and engagement, along with health care spending. How can employers support their workers and make sure they get the help they need to be mentally healthy? Read more in Forbes.

High Anxiety

Social anxiety ranks as the third most common mental health condition, and chances are you will encounter employees whose expression of social anxiety isn’t always obvious. There are ways to accommodate workers with social anxiety that champion their contributions rather than hold them back with overprotection. Learn how in Harvard Business Review.

Run the Numbers

Data-driven human resources is the future, according to a new report by LinkedIn, yet HR often lags behind other areas in its adoption of analytics. Learn why you should add people analytics to your skill set and improve processes from recruitment to retention. Read more on LinkedIn.

Anti-Harassment Training Requirements Growing

New anti-harassment training laws in several states and expansion of existing rules in others have resulted in the requirement for 20 percent of workers across the country to be trained. In some cases, these laws affect employers outside of these states. What does this mean for your company? Read more in Bloomberg.

14 FAQs on Hurricanes

Dorian has left, but cleanup continues in some areas, and another storm is sure to visit before hurricane season is over and snowstorm season begins. The attorneys at a leading employment law firm answer questions about how hurricanes and other disasters can impact employers. Read more from Fisher Phillips.

EEO-1 Comp Data May be Short-Lived

EEO-1 compensation data for 2017 and 2018 was due September 30, but this headache may be over for employers after this round. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has published a notice proposing it no longer request this data once the current collection ends. Read more from Employment Labor Insider.

Notice Some Themes Here?

A few of these articles have touched on issues we have covered in recent webinars. Check out our October webinar on mental health in the workplace, our September webinar on diversity and inclusion, or our July webinar on anti-harassment training regulation. Or, register for our upcoming November webinar on updating your employee handbook, which will cover some of these topics and more!

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