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New HR Tech Event Unleashed

European-based HR industry event organizer HRN is running its second U.S. conference in May and going head to head with the existing HR Technology Conference.

European-based HR industry event organizer HRN, which is behind a fledgling U.S. HR technology conference, is counting on longtime insider China Gorman to boost its presence stateside. The outfit tapped Gorman to manage its North American operations, including helping it rebrand and run its second U.S. conference. The event, once known as HR Tech World and rebranded as Unleash back…

NBC’s New Anti-Harassment Policy Enters the Overreaction Phase

Given the revelations of the past few months, we will see more and more employers overreact with policies that try to regulate every aspect of employees’ inter-personal relationships.

When one of your biggest stars loses his high-profile job in one the year’s biggest sexual harassment scandals, how to you react? With a brand new, and painfully detailed, anti-harassment policy. Page Six  details NBC’s new “Matt Lauer” harassment policy: NBC has issued strict new anti-sexual harassment rules to employees — including that staffers must snitch on any misbehaving colleagues….

Seeking a New Normal in Family Benefits

One company does its due diligence and creates an enticing family friendly benefits package.

Having recently finished a feature for Workforce about paid family leave, I’ve been in a family-friendly benefits bubble for the past few months. That’s why I found a conversation with Daniel Polich and Katie Combs particularly interesting. Polich is a breast-feeding advocate at Aeroflow Healthcare, a medical device company in Asheville, North Carolina. Katie Combs is the chief culture officer…

New Year’s Resolutions, NLRB-Style

The agency's Peter Robb wants regional board officials to consult his office on all cases involving precedent established on workers’ rights in the last eight years.

Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2018? The NLRB’s newly minted general counsel Peter Robb  has, and employers will be very happy. According to NLRB General Counsel Memo 18-02 , issued Dec. 1, Robb will be examining all NLRB precedents changed during President Barack Obama’s administration. The memo specifically directs regional board officials to consult Robb’s office on all…

Globoforce Names Steve Pemberton as Its New HR Leader

The noted diversity and inclusion leader will further employee recognition in his new role.

Steve Pemberton Steve Pemberton was named as chief human resources officer for rewards and recognition company Globoforce. Pemberton, the former chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the well-being enterprise of the drug-store giant, will work with Globoforce HR leaders and senior management executives worldwide to help them create relationships with their employees so they feel recognized, respected and appreciated,…

Is New York the Beginning of the End for America’s Terrible Family Leave Laws?

It’s time to get ahead of the curve on the issue of paid sick leave. Given how far we have to catch up, it presents an amazing recruitment and retention opportunity for the American employer.

It is freakin’ hard to be a working parent in America. It is even more difficult when both mom and dad work. It’s not just child care, but also doctors’ appointments, kids’ sick days, summer vacations, winter and spring breaks, Labor Days, Memorial Days, and all the other “Days” (and don’t get me started on “teacher in-service days”). Beginning Jan….

China Gorman Helps Unleash New HR Tech Industry Event

The longtime industry insider will lead the European-based event as it takes on LRP’s HR Technology Conference.

China Gorman will lead the Unleash HR technology conference in the spring. When human resources leaders talk about China there’s a fair chance they’re referring not to the Asian nation but to China Gorman, the one-time Great Place to Work CEO, former Society for Human Resource Management chief operating officer and longtime industry thought leader, adviser and speaker. HRN, a…

Anthem Inc.’s New PBM Predicted to Bring Cost Savings to Employers

The insurance giant is leaving its current PBM in 2020, and if it can accomplish better transparency and lower prices, the savings could potentially be seen by employers as well.

Insurance giant Anthem Inc. announced this month that it will cut ties with pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Holding Co. and is moving to create its own PBM company. It will collaborate with  another major PBM, CVS Health, to form a new PBM called IngenioRx in 2020 when Anthem’s contract with Express Scripts ends. IngenioRx will drive lower prices and…

What’s the Magic Word? ‘Yes, and’ Brings New Meaning to Workplace Communications

Comedian and author Frank Ford believes communications can improve with those two simple words.

Author Frank Ford, seated, third from right, is a big believer in the power of ‘yes, and.’ Saying “yes” more often will have positive effects on someone’s lifestyle, according to Frank Ford, the co-founder of Four Day Weekend, a comedy institution in Texas and co-author of the recently published book “Happy Accidents.” He’s had a successful career throughout the entertainment…

Benefits Round-up: The Newest Epidemic, Blood Drives and Forest Bathing

A recap of wellness and benefits stories making the rounds lately.

I’ve come across a few news stories this week regarding health and wellness. Feel free to contact me or comment below if you have other important benefits stories worth sharing. Loneliness: Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy wrote a long, fascinating cover story for the Harvard Business Review. “The world is suffering from an epidemic of loneliness,” he wrote….