Microsoft offers 12 weeks' paid leave to employees dealing with school closures

Microsoft | April 15, 2020

Microsoft is granting employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave to deal with extended school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokesperson confirmed to HR Dive in an email. Implemented last week, the benefit is available to all of Microsoft's global employees, both hourly and salaried. The leave may be taken on a continuous, reduced or intermittent basis, the spokesperson said: "For example, it could be used to take leave for 1-2 days per week while remotely working the rest." The offering represents the latest emergency response implemented by Microsoft since the pandemic's onset. Last month, the tech giant said it would pay vendor hourly service workers at certain corporate offices, including cafe staffers, shuttle bus drivers and on-site tech workers, despite reduced need as employees at those offices work remotely. The announcement bears some similarities to the paid-leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which expanded the Family and Medical Leave Act to provide up to 12-weeks of emergency, job-protected leave, with some limitations. But that law applies to private-sector employers only if they have fewer than 500 employees, and employers in that group may qualify for exemption from some of the law's provisions.

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TALENT MANAGEMENT

Talentcare and Warehowz Announce Partnership to Solve Hiring Challenges for Warehouse and Logistics Clients

Talentcare | May 11, 2022

Talentcare, LLC, the leading platform of solutions to make hiring and retention easy, and Warehowz, an innovative logistics technology company in the "on-demand" warehousing industry, today announced partnership to solve hiring challenges for clients in the warehouse and logistics industry. Beginning today, Talentcare joins the Warehowz marketplace as its preferred provider of recruiting and hiring solutions. According to recent U.S. Labor Market insights from March 2022, it takes an average of 62 days to fill warehouse and logistics roles and only 58% of these open jobs are filled. "Collaborating with Warehowz, we're putting the "ship" in partnership, and delighted to be named a marketplace partner and introduce their clients to innovative solutions that will help them hire their frontline workforces, The struggle is real, and now is the time to get real and compete harder to win hires in the post-COVID labor market," -Eric Smith, CEO of Talentcare. "We work with warehouses and 3PLs every day who are limited in their ability to accept new business, The main factor is lack of available or appropriate personnel. They want to accept new business from us, and they want to be able to provide excellent servicing to our mutual clients. With Talentcare, we can offer them a solution to finding and recruiting the right talent in the right locations. This differentiates us and them in this tight marketplace." -Darrell Jervey, CEO of Warehowz. Talentcare's platform of solutions makes hiring easy, enabling clients to attract more of the right job candidates with recruitment marketing, become the employer of choice with employer branding and reputation management solutions, and more efficiently hire loyal, high-performing employees with applicant tracking and a curated partner ecosystem of talent solutions and integrations. Employers seeking to create a competitive advantage in their recruiting and hiring efforts are invited to connect with us to learn more and request a personalized demonstration. About Talentcare Mid-market companies and entrepreneurs trust Talentcare to ensure their growth and profit are never constrained by talent. Thousands of companies use Talentcare's platform of solutions to make hiring and retention of their frontline workforce easy. As a result, clients attract more of the right job candidates, become the employer of choice, and hire loyal, high-performing employees. About Warehowz Warehowz is an innovative logistics technology company in the "on-demand" warehousing industry, which means we connect businesses that need warehousing space and services with businesses that have capacity. We give your business access to space when you need it, where you need it and give you the ability to dynamically manage that space in a flexible logistics network. Through our cloud-based marketplace we make your storage and fulfillment contracts easy and allow you to choose your partners efficiently.

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RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

USO Announces Strategic Relationship with EY to Expand Career Opportunities for the Military Community

EY | February 07, 2022

The United Service Organizations (USO) and Ernst & Young LLP (EY) are joining forces to support professional development within the military community. During a three-year strategic relationship, the USO and EY will create career and mentorship opportunities for service members and their spouses. "The USO and EY share a commitment to helping others become the best versions of themselves. This relationship will allow thousands of our brave troops and their spouses to plan rewarding professional lives that leverage their unique skillsets, EY representatives already sit on six USO advisory boards throughout the United States, and we are looking forward to even more cross-organization engagement in the future." -USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II. A $1.5M donation and pro bono services from EY will support numerous USO initiatives between Jan. 2022 and Dec. 2024. These include the USO Pathfinder® Transition Program, which connects the military community to employment, education, financial readiness, and mentorship opportunities. It is a crucial resource for the 200,000-plus service members and 650,000-plus military spouses who experience a major life transition each year. The strategic relationship will also strengthen EY's hiring initiatives while raising awareness of the USO's important role in military career development. EY employees will have a chance to meaningfully engage with service members through mentorship, board positions, and storytelling. Each interaction will help bridge the military-civilian divide and give more than thanks to those in uniform. About the USO: The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our corporate partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission and learn more about the USO, please visit USO.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. About EY: EY exists to build a better working world, helping create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets. Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate. Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today. EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients.

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HR STRATEGY

Hired Expands to Help Companies Find Talent Worldwide As Demand for Remote Work Doubles

Hired | March 30, 2022

Hired, the leading AI-driven solution for tech and sales talent, today announced its next milestone as a company – enabling hiring on a global scale. Vetting and matching millions of candidates for over 10 years across key markets in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., Hired is evolving its marketplace strategy: expanding its platform for the remote era to help employers find talent from anywhere and job seekers gain access to and pursue attractive (remote) work opportunities with top global companies. Demand for remote work has more than doubled in the last year on Hired's platform, with over 60% of employers and 90% of candidates on Hired now being open to remote work. While Hired was focused on matching employers with candidates in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. in the past, companies can now connect with job seekers from more than 100 countries following the platform's shift to remote hiring worldwide. Employers have visibility into candidates' upfront salary expectations, skills, years of experience – and now remote and time zone work preferences – to surface the best talent from anywhere and fill open roles quickly. "Hired has been a fantastic partner in helping us navigate this incredibly competitive talent market. We've been able to connect with so many qualified tech candidates and value their partnership to expand and find top remote talent, This has allowed us to quickly fill – and diversify – our talent pipeline. Having access to Hired's significant candidate network and platform capabilities as well as the team's recruiting expertise has been a game-changer in ramping up our hiring efforts in the most strategic and fastest way possible." -Jennifer Weiner, Senior Manager of Technical Recruiting at Zendesk. The rise of remote work has opened up the possibility for companies to hire globally with far more efficiency. Hired has partnered with leading global HR solutions Oyster and Remote to help employers more easily source, hire, onboard, and employ talent from anywhere. Through these partnerships, Hired customers have access to HR management solutions for international payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance, among other needs. For companies, using existing global staffing solutions or third-party agencies to bring on remote talent from anywhere comes with high costs that continue over the entire duration of an employees' tenure. Hired – when used in combination with Oyster or Remote – will reduce costs for employers and provide the best options to find and hire talent globally. Companies can also make an unlimited amount of hires with Hired's subscription model. "At Hired, we decided to go remote-first and hire globally in 2020 and have seen firsthand the positive impact it's had for our employees and business. We're excited to support companies who also see the value of a distributed workforce and enable access to a significantly larger, more diverse talent pool, With this global expansion, we also want to level the playing field for talent, providing them with equitable opportunities no matter where they're located. This is a natural next step for us as we continue to work towards our vision of making hiring more equitable and transparent." -Josh Brenner, CEO of Hired. To launch this new shift to enable remote hiring worldwide, Hired will be holding a one-day virtual event, Get Hired: The Future is Remote, on April 5, 2022, intended to bring together companies – including leading remote-first companies Dropbox, Glassdoor, and Hopin – to remote talent from 100+ countries. Over 2,500 candidates across 50+ tech roles are already registered for the online event. Learn more about the Get Hired summit here and register today! About Hired Hired is the most efficient way to fill tech and sales roles today. With unbiased insights, DEI tools, skill assessments, and dedicated Customer Success Managers, Hired works with over 10,000 companies around the world to match thousands of active and qualified candidates to employ their full potential. With better data, curated matches, and higher acceptance rates, employers save an average of 45 sourcing hours per role with the Hired solutions suite. Backed by The Adecco Group, Hired is rated by G2 as a leader in Recruiting Automation, Job Search Sites, and Diversity Recruiting.

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EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Survey: Digital Workplace Key to Engagement for Frontline Teams

YOOBIC | March 18, 2021

NEW YORK, March. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Frontline workers aren’t being given the digital tools they need to succeed, leading to disengagement and reduced productivity, according to an international survey of frontline workers published today by digital workplace innovator YOOBIC. A smarter and more connected approach, using mobile devices and enterprise-grade apps, could be the key to achieving operational excellence, refocusing frontline employees on core revenue-driving activities, and attracting and retaining young workers. Mobile and deskless workers now make up 80% of the global workforce, totaling over 2.7 billion people, but the majority of digital workplace solutions still focus on supporting deskbound employees. In fact, according to the YOOBIC survey, fewer than six in 10 frontline workers currently use mobile devices as part of their jobs, and 73% of frontline employees are still using paper forms, despite 71% saying that easier access to digital tools would make them more productive. The failure to empower workers with suitable digital tech takes a direct toll on mobile teams’ morale and productivity, the survey shows. More than a third of frontline employees now say they feel disconnected from their HQ, and over three quarters say their sense of engagement would be significantly improved by relatively modest connectivity measures such as mobile access to corporate communications messages. With employees almost five times more likely to perform well when they feel their voices heard, lack of connectivity is a serious problem for today’s deskless workforce, the survey shows. Frontline employees don’t just make, distribute and sell the products we consume — they deliver a brand’s purpose and promise, and create value that differentiates the brand from its competitors. By making those workers more productive, organizations free up their time for impactful work such as helping customers, improving quality, and managing critical projects. The absence of appropriate digital tools directly impacts employees’ career growth, with 40% of frontline employees saying they receive training no more than once per year, even though seven out of 10 employees would welcome access to mobile, app-based learning solutions. That contributes to a sense of stagnation that’s especially trying for younger workers, with over a third of Millennials — who now make up three quarters of frontline workers — saying they feel unfulfilled in their roles. Frontline teams are the engine of our economy, but they’re sorely underserved by organizations that fail to invest in new digital technologies,” says Fabrice Haiat, CEO of YOOBIC. “YOOBIC customers who integrate mobile apps into their deskless employees’ workflows are realizing significant gains in operational excellence, customer experience, and sales.” The YOOBIC survey, conducted in December 2020, interviewed 1,000 frontline workers from the UK, US and Canada, across industries including retail, hospitality, manufacturing, and construction. About YOOBIC YOOBIC is an all-in-one digital workplace for frontline teams. Our mobile app gives business leaders and frontline teams the performance tools they need to work, learn and communicate - all in one place. With digitized task management, streamlined communications and mobile learning, YOOBIC drives operational excellence while drastically improving the frontline employee working experience. 200+ global brands including Boots, Burgerfi, Lancome, Lacoste, Logitech, Peloton, Puma, Vans and Sanofi trust YOOBIC solutions to improve operational consistency and agility, get real-time visibility into multi-location business execution, and improve their customer experience. To learn more about YOOBIC visit www.yoobic.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

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The rules governing who is eligible to open an HSA and how HSAs are administered are spelled out in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Publication 969. This publication governs how FSAs and medical savings accounts (MSAs) are handled and covers some general information on eligibility rules. This free white paper is a great resource that HR personnel can use to familiarize themselves on the subject.

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