HR Headline Roundup for May 11-15, 2020

The Public Sector Employment Outlook

The State of the Federal HR Workforce: Changes and Challenges, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board

Researchers conclude that despite 25 years of efforts to reorient the human resources function “to help agency leaders make strategic decisions about how to recruit, select, develop and manage federal employees,” transitioning from a focus on transactions and compliance “remains a work in progress.”


Doing HR During a Pandemic

OPINION: How HR Is Writing the Book on Coronavirus, Human Resource Executive

Digital-first, virtual onboarding and managing specifically to keep employees engaged rather than merely productive are just two of the new realities called into existence by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Budgets Busted

Virus Downturn Will Further Strain Troubled Public Pension Funds, Route Fifty

An analysis of state retirement plans conducted by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the Boston College Center for Retirement Research warns that 20 already badly underfunded plans may run out of assets if stock markets do not fully rebound until 2025. That concern is compounded by a worry that lawmakers may reduce pension plan contributions in order to balance annual budgets.


What Reopening Looks Like

CDC Guideline for Reopening the U.S. Economy, Scribd

The document, edited down from a much longer set of guidelines the White House deemed too-restrictive, includes decision trees for determining when it is safe to allow staff, the public and visitors to reenter public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes.

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