Most Important Developments For HR For The Week Of March 2nd

If it’s not, it should be. The majority of U.S. companies have remote workers, but less than half have a telecommuting policy. Why? Oftentimes, working remotely starts informally. One person requests it, then another, then another, and suddenly you’ve got a partially-remote workforce with no formal policy in place about what working from home means. Five things to think about: childcare (who’s watching Billy while dad is working from home?), hour flexibility, computers, location (is the coffee shop okay?), and how remote work arrangements are made. Inc.

We’re all familiar with CRM, but what about TRM? It’s talent relationship management, the newest HR weapon in the battle for attracting and hiring the best and the brightest in this tough hiring market. TRM systems create, develop, and enhance relationships with potential talent, keeping in contact with stars before, during, and even after the hiring process. The software also can analyze things like the diversity of your candidate pool, and assess where in the process candidates are dropping out, allowing you to pivot on a dime to change what’s not working. HR Daily Advisor

NYC mayor Bill De Blasio got a taste of every hiring manager’s worst nightmare this week. After an exhaustive search for a new chancellor of the city’s school system, his top candidate, the current Miami-Dade schools superintendent, turned down the job after accepting it the day before. Why? He said the “emotional tug” of staying at his current job, where he had led the schools for a decade, was too strong. This, despite a $335,000 salary and the prestige of being appointed to the most impactful education leadership position in the nation. HR takeaways? For top candidates, it’s not always about money. Sometimes, culture and the meaningfulness of the work matter more. Bloomberg

JUSTICES of the Supreme Court rarely announce what they are going to do before ruling. But Justice Antonin Scalia’s death two years ago has made open books of eight justices in Janus v American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a case that could kneecap America’s labour movement. When Mr Scalia died, he and his colleagues were poised to decide whether unions could charge public workers “agency fees” even if they did not become members. The remaining justices deadlocked 4-4, leaving in place a lower-court decision that upheld the fees under Abood v Detroit Board of Education, a precedent dating from 1977. The Economist 

In a surprise move, Jose Tomas, GM’s head of global HR, left the company Wednesday after just eight months on the job, citing “personal reasons.” The HR position is key for the auto giant, which is digging out of a crisis involving bankruptcy and the recall of some 30 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches that caused 124 deaths. A strong HR department will be vital to GM acquiring the top talent needed to reinvent its culture. The Detroit News

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