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4 HR Predictions for 2019

There’s never a dull moment (or year) in HR. The last twelve months have been witness to IRS surprises, political intrigue, and exciting advancements in HR technology. As 2018 comes to a close, one can’t help but wonder what next year will hold for the workplace.

It's time to dust off the crystal ball. Every year, Namely forecasts what might come to pass in the industry. Some of our predictions have proved spot on—others not so much. From a “rise of the machines” to a spike in employee ghosting, read on to learn what we expect to see in 2019.

HR’s Guide to Pregnancy and Reasonable Accommodation

It’s not easy being an expectant mother and working full-time. Having to take time off for prenatal care, physical discomfort, and fatigue can all affect a woman’s ability to work. Still, many women work far into their pregnancies with great success thanks to the help and understanding of their company. While many companies try to make expectant mothers more comfortable at work, pregnancy discrimination is still rampant in the modern workplace. Between 2010 and 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received over 28,000 pregnancy discrimination charges.

New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Law Set to Take Effect

On October 29, the state of New Jersey will usher in a new mandate requiring most employers across the state to provide paid sick days to employees. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the act into law on May 2, making New Jersey the tenth state to implement mandatory paid sick leave. With the law taking effect in just a few days, here’s what you need to know to be prepared.

New York Set to Expand Paid Leave Eligibility

While federal lawmakers debate the merits of paid leave in Washington, the Empire State is working on ways to make its existing program even more generous.
 

Managing Paid Leave in 2018

The field of human resources is changing. In our HR Redefined series, we give innovators a medium to share personal reflections, professional advice, and best practice guidance.

Massachusetts Passes Historic Minimum Wage, Paid Leave Law

Move over, California. With a flurry of legislative activity last month, Massachusetts has joined the select few states with both a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave program.
 

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Why Men Don’t Take Parental Leave–Even When It’s Available

The HR conversation around the gender pay gap is not a new one. The data has long suggested that women are paid less, on average, than their male counterparts. In fact, women earn just 77.9 cents for every dollar earned by men. There are numerous theories as to what causes the wage gap, as well as ideas of how to level the proverbial playing field. One undeniable contributor to this disproportionate equation? Parental leave.

New Jersey Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

New Jersey workers will soon be eligible for fully paid sick leave. On May 2, Governor Phil Murphy signed Bill A1827, which will allow employees to accrue employer-paid sick leave throughout the year.
 

Your Guide to NY Paid Family Leave

When it comes to paid family leave, the Empire State offers the king of all programs. Unfortunately, navigating its ins-and-outs can sometimes pose a real challenge.
 

Ivanka Trump, Marco Rubio Pitch Paid Family Leave

On the heels of the 25th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a new paid leave proposal is making the rounds in Washington. And who might be leading the charge? It’s two unlikely collaborators: Ivanka Trump and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.