HR News Beat: HR to blame for College Bribery and Cheating Scandal?

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The College Bribery and Cheating Scandal is Really a Sign of HR Failure

Could the college bribery and cheating scandal be symptomatic of an HR failure?  Evil HR Lady Suzanne Lucas says it certainly could be.  In her latest article published on, Lucas takes the position that “Human resources, through recruiters, make fancy degrees far more important than they really are.”  She says HR has made it a habit to let “good” schools decide who is hardworking and intelligent.  In essence, HR is letting the colleges decide who they should hire based on the degree and which college or university logo is at the top of it. Lucas goes into much greater detail and has some other reasons why the scandal is related to human resources.  To read it, click here.

3 Things for HR to do before new overtime rules drop

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposal that would set the new overtime exemption threshold to $35,308 a year or about $697 a week.  The rule has not yet been implemented, but it is thought that it will be put into place sometime during Q3 or Q4.  According to HR Dive, HR professionals have a lot of work to do before it “becomes law.”  First, they should begin auditing to figure out who will be eligible for overtime pay under the new rule.  Secondly, HR should decide how to handle the pay increases.  And finally, HR professionals should voice their opinions surrounding the new rule.  It is currently in the public comment phase.  Click here to read the details.

Chatbots are the New HR Managers

HR is engaged in a two front battle:  “keeping employees focused and working hard while also keeping them happy and satisfied.”  That’s according to  In their latest article, the website says chatbots are the answer.  Essentially, chatbots can take on more mundane and time consuming tasks allowing HR to magnify their impact on the company and its employees.  Examples include tracking attendance and goals.  Others suggestions include performance reviews and leave balances.  To read more on this topic, click here.

HR Exchange Live focuses on the Future of Work

The HR Exchange Network has announced registration is open for its free-to-attend online event, HR Exchange Live: Future of Work. It’s set to take place on March 19-20, 2019.

HR Exchange Live brings together HR, Talent and Learning professionals who are responsible for the HR strategy within their organizations. Speakers, who are first in class, are holding sessions on making HR team members technologists, how to engage a growing remote workforce, and the role of culture in employer branding. Also part of the event: a panel discussion on Diversity and Inclusion. Topics will center on gender, race and age as well as hiring individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities and the formerly incarcerated.

To register for free, click here.