News BriefsReview a summary of news, trends and industry information from trusted sources. From the September 2015 issue of CeridianVoice .  

 

 

 

September News Briefs

 

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New L-1B policy takes effect August 31, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released its final policy memorandum on L-1B intracompany transferee visas August 18, 2015. Workers in any industry and in any position are eligible for the visa as long as the position described in the L-1B petition requires specialized knowledge and the beneficiary possesses such knowledge. The final memo establishes that for knowledge to be considered specialized, the knowledge must be “distinct or uncommon” in comparison to that normally found in the employer’s industry. Read more at SHRM.

Mitigating workplace security risk as technology wearables increase

Introducing wearable technology as part of an employer wellness program is on the rise, and with the rise of these internet-connected devices, so too are security vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity weaknesses could place companies at risk of being hacked – in turn, exposing employees’ private health information. Even the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed a rule that would amend parts of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it relates to wellness programs. The best line of defense for protecting private information is educating employees about the security risks their devises pose. Read more at SHRM.

Employee feedback apps are redefining the workplace

Employee Engagement continues to be a hot topic for HR. Even with increased employer efforts to boost engagement, data suggests that the numbers remain very low. HR analyst Josh Bersin notes in Forbes that as new feedback apps enter the market, they have the potential to change how organizations are managed. Enabling employee feedback can transform the employee experience and redefine engagement. Read more at Forbes.

Why sleep needs to be a part of your wellness initiatives

Harvard Medical School data shows that the average worker loses more than 11 days of productivity each year due to insomnia, which can also pose significant safety and risk-management concerns. Educating employees on the value of better sleep is an important first step in modifying behavior. Read more about how to shift the sleep mindset of employees in your organization at HREOnline.