HR Headline Roundup for April 8-12, 2019

Dems Introduce Workplace Harassment Prevention Bill, The Hill

The Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination in the Workplace Act, or BE HEARD Act, would give workers more time to report harassment, end mandatory arbitration, prohibit preemployment nondisclosure agreements and eliminate the tipped minimum wage.

IRS Turns to Automation Amid Shrinking Workforce, Nextgov

Deploying a relatively low-cost bot is projected to reduce contractor confirmations from several hours to a couple of minutes. Streamlining routine work is a priority for the agency, which has seen its operating budget slashed by more than 15 percent since 2010.

Trump on Track to Dismantle the Office of Personnel Management, Axios

Under plans reported in more detail by the Washington Post, the Department of Defense will assume responsibility for all background checks, the General Services Administration will coordinate payroll and training, and the Office of Management and Budget will formulate “high-level policies governing federal employees.” The former OPM inspector general would also move to the GSA.

Oklahoma Page Program Resumes Following Assault Allegations, AP

The state capitol program for high school students was suspended for a month after a female page accused a male page of sexual assault. No charges were filed, but pages will now be assigned to serve only with members of their own sex. Male pages and female pages will alternate weeks in Oklahoma City, and adult chaperones will share the pages' assigned hotels.

10 Least-Stressful Jobs for 2019, CBS News

The only common public sector positions that made this list were compliance officer and university professor. Public schools and public health care facilities would also employ low-stressed audiologists, diagnostic sonographers, medical records technicians and pharmacy techs. Jobs were given scores based on factors like physical demands, hazards and the need to protect the lives of others.

The 10 Jobs Disappearing the Fastest, Governing

Several of these account for shrinking government payrolls. Rapidly losing headcount are file clerks; postal service mail sorters, processors and machine operators; bill and account collectors; data entry keyers; order clerks; and telecommunications line installers and repairers.