Employers must make reasonable accommodations for workers who request time off for a religious holiday, but generally are not required to offer holiday pay, employment lawyer Keisha-Ann Gray writes. In order to refuse a worker request for time off, employers must show that granting the accommodation would cause undue hardship, she writes.
The majority of manufacturers say they're experiencing a skills shortage, and that they expect the shortage to worsen over the next three to five years, according to research by Deloitte. The report also noted that skills attained by college students become outdated within five years of graduation.
Three-quarters of employees are looking for new jobs or are open to new possibilities, a Jobvite survey finds. Facebook is the most-used social-networking tool among job seekers, followed by LinkedIn and Twitter, the survey finds.
Eliminating merit-based pay increases makes logical sense, but employers should still hesitate before doing away with a merit-compensation program, Stephanie Thomas writes. "Pay evokes a visceral response, and even though our logical selves understand the argument, our emotional selves may have a hard time with it," she writes.
Employers that are considering shifting health care costs to workers should think about the indirect consequences of doing so, Christian Schappel writes. For example, employees may decide not to go to the doctor as much, which could lead to unhealthier employees and ultimately higher costs, he writes. If you are set on shifting costs to workers, mitigate the effects by offering voluntary benefits and tax-free spending accounts, Schappel suggests.