Looking to brush up on HR basics? Inquisitive about industry news? Need tips for finding talent?
If the back to school season has inspired you to broaden your knowledge of the latest trends, policies, and best practices affecting the HR industry, then you’re in luck!
We consulted BPHR’s Lisa Salcido to share with us the resources she turns to on a regular basis. As Director of Human Resources for Balance Point’s premier HR consulting service, it’s imperative that Lisa remain current and relevant within the industry. “Keeping up with ever-changing labor laws and HR regulations is a full-time job! If you are a business owner or HR professional, you can’t afford to be left out of the loop. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you stay ahead of the curve.”
Here is a compilation of Lisa’s recommended HR resources.
SHRM is the largest Human Resources industry professional association. Its mission is to serve the professional development needs of HR professionals. The SHRM website features articles, legislative updates, news, HR policy, and much more. Many of its resources are only available to members, so joining SHRM is a must-do for anyone in the industry.
2. Your local employers association
Employers associations provide resources to help maximize performance through talent, tools, and training. They offer expertise in the areas of compliance, recruitment, retention, safety and training, and organizational development. To locate one in your area, visit the Employer Associations of America website.
When HR writer Kris Dunn was tasked to create a talent management blog, his response was “to round up an all-star collection of HR and recruiting practitioners to provide daily insights with a trace of attitude and snark.” Written by highly-respected HR/recruiting professionals, FoT puts a unique twist on the traditional with a fair share of edgy topics and pop culture references.
4. Law firm websites and blogs
Many firms that deal with employment law, like Greenwald-Doherty, are a great resource for employers. Topics like Pay Practices, Hiring and Recruiting, and Privacy in the Workplace will keep you up to date on the latest laws, regulations, and strategies. Lisa also recommends that you ask your own lawyer if they have resources of their own.
If you’re looking for information related to specific labor laws, your first stop should be the Department of Labor (DOL) website. The DOL is the federal agency charged with promoting the best interest of wage earners, job searchers, and retirees. To carry out its mission, the DOL administers federal labor laws that deal with employment including hourly wage and overtime pay, worker’s right to safe working conditions, employment discrimination, and unemployment insurance.
This HR website touts itself as “a one-stop shop for all things talent related” for good reason. Topics covered include training and development, benefits, compensation, legal/ethics, HR software and technology, and more. A bonus: TLNT showcases highlights from the “best-of-the-rest” HR blogs.
7. Lisa rounds out her list with a nod to Balance Point’s own blog.
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