HR Headline Roundup for March 16-20, 2020

Coronavirus News You May Have Missed

No one can keep up with the flood of information the rises by the minute. Here are stories of particular interest and relevance to public sector HR professionals. For guidance, policies and CDC workplace posters, as well as to share resources you have discovered, visit IPMA-HR’s coronavirus response page.


This Week’s Other Headlines

15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered, Harvard Business Review

Stop wondering how to “create a good remote culture,” what the best practices for virtual meetings are, how to interact with clients/customers outside the office and a host of other issues inevitably raised by suddenly dispersing staff to work from home.


OPM Chief Abruptly Resigns, Politico

Dale Cabaniss, who only took the reins at the Office of Personnel Management last September, left the agency without warning on March 17. Tensions with the recently hired head of the Presidential Personnel Office, John McEntee, were mentioned as the cause. McEntee is conducting what has been described as a purge of appointed officials believed to be insufficiently loyal to Donald Trump. It is unclear how OPM being once more without a permanent director will affect administration plans to radically reorganize the federal workforce.


How ‘Ghosting Afflicts Public Sector Recruitment, Route Fifty

An average time to hire of 104 days leads too many promising candidates to give up on public sector employment. Extensive background checks also discourage people who make it through an initial screening and interview. Denver is offered as an example of a municipality that has succeeded in streamlining the process of bringing in new talent.


New Mexico Governor Signs Union Bargaining Bill, AP

As summarized by groups that advocated for the overhaul of collective bargaining by public sector employees in the state, the new law “consolidates the number of local labor boards to provide more efficiency and accountability, while reducing delays in petitions to unionize workplaces. Jurisdictions without a local labor board will default to the state Public Employee Labor Relations Board on collective bargaining matters.”

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