$450,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement Highlights the Seriousness of the Problem

HRWatchdog

Nearly one-third of all EEOC complaints are sex discrimination charges (which includes sexual harassment). Employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t stop the problem from occurring.

The Tone Starts at the Top: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

HRWatchdog

Statistics show that sexual harassment remains a big problem for employers. Sexual harassment is not a problem of the past. Lately, it seems that not a week goes by without another news report on allegations of rampant harassment at high-profile companies.

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$450,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement Highlights the Seriousness of the Problem

HRWatchdog

Nearly one-third of all EEOC complaints are sex discrimination charges (which includes sexual harassment). Employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t stop the problem from occurring.

Tips to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

HR Daily Advisor

Nearly everyone knows that sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. But not everyone knows exactly what constitutes sexual harassment, and what employers can do to prevent it. Legal Definition of Sexual Harassment.

$1.47 Million Awarded to California Workers in Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Case

HRWatchdog

Ignoring employee complaints of sexual harassment could cost you a lot! Think that sexual harassment is a problem of the past? Sexual harassment charges still make up 17 percent of all charges received by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Something wrong with a little bump n’ grind. Sexual harassment, perhaps.

The Employer Handbook

And then I’m like… But then, on Sunday, it’s back the Bloggerdome for a new post. Kelly a recent Fourth Circuit decision in which the appellate court recognized that a single incident — one touch — may create a hostile work environment. Sexual Harassment

Cornerstone Report Details Effects of Toxic Employees in the Workplace

Cornerstone On Demand

They are the folks that always have something negative to say in a meeting. The ones who join the conference call halfway in, if they even bother to show up. They not only cause frustration, they can cause significant damages to the workplace.

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Huge $5M EEOC settlement spotlights an enforcement priority that you may be overlooking

The Employer Handbook

In late December of 2012, the EEOC approved its Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013-2016. Sadly, one of the agency’s enforcement priorities has been ignored on this blog. Last week, the EEOC’s enforcement efforts paid off with a $5 million settlement.

It’s another “when a hostile work environment isn’t a hostile work environment” post

The Employer Handbook

Second verse, same as the first. All of us have heard the words “hostile work environment” bandied about to the point where the most minor slight in the office can supposedly create a hostile work environment. Sexual Harassment

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Cornerstone Report Details Effects of “Toxic Employees” in the Workplace

Cornerstone On Demand

They are the folks that always have something negative to say in a meeting. The ones who join the conference call halfway in, if they even bother to show up. They not only cause frustration, they can cause significant damages to the workplace.

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Stop Wasting Time Measuring HR Data

UpstartHR

You need to know ahead of time (or at least have a general idea) about how the information can help you. If you’re gathering data for the sake of gathering data, then you are wasting time and resources, and you’re probably harming your credibility as well. Please.

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It’s Summer – Do You Need to Reacquaint Employees With the Dress Code?

TLNT: The Business of HR

As more companies are progressively adopting a business casual approach to dress and grooming, owners are put in the position of having to define more clearly what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate attire in the workplace. It’s a training and communication issue.

[Webinar] Whew! Harassment Investigation Done – Or Is It?

HRWatchdog

You’ve worked closely with your legal department to investigate a harassment complaint, taken corrective action and disciplined the harasser. Both presenters are top experts in sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The post [Webinar] Whew!

Why You Got Fired After the Holiday Work Party

Workology

This post was originally featured over on the Huffington Post. It’s that time of year when employees begin celebrating after hours with their co-workers, managers and other work colleagues at the company holiday party. Use the Wingman Strategy. Hands Off and Eyes Up.

What it really means to be Facebook friends with co-workers

The Employer Handbook

What are the risks of becoming Facebook “friends” with a co-worker? The well-worn employer-lawyer mantra from way back when has been, “Supervisors should not ‘friend’ their subordinates on Facebook.” Social Media and the Workplace

Can an Employer Prohibit Employees from Dating One Another?

HR Daily Advisor

For many, the workplace is a prime opportunity to meet someone you may eventually have a romantic interest in. However, employers may have another opinion on the matter. What Are the Potential Pitfalls of Employee Romances? The employers may fear: Productivity losses.

Revisit: The 5 Love Languages & How Yours Impacts Your Relationships

HR Ringleader

* From the dusty archives… I recently had a conversation with a friend about this book and it was a good reminder to revisit how understanding expressing love can help in all your relationships. The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. The five love languages.

Workplace Harassment Focus of EEOC Meeting

HRWatchdog

Workplace harassment is alleged in approximately 30 percent of all charges filed with the U.S. By identifying underlying problems in workplaces and industries where we see recurring patterns of harassment, we are developing strategies that focus on targeted outreach and education as well as systemic enforcement to promote broader voluntary compliance,” Yang said at the EEOC’s meeting on January 14. Unlawful harassment does not just mean sexual harassment.

The Good, the Bad & the Maybe: Should You Rehire Former Employees?

Insperity

Skilled, well-mannered, conscientious employees have choices about where they work, and for whom. In today’s competitive hiring environment, are you plumbing all the possible places to find top candidates? The answer: It depends. This can drastically reduce training costs.

#Employee Feedback Is The Killer App #HR

TalentHQ

A new market has emerged: Employee feedback apps for the corporate marketplace. These tools are powerful and disruptive, and they have the potential to redefine how we manage our organizations. The answer is clear: building a highly engaged workforce is difficult.

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Yes, employees can fight workplace harassment with social media

The Employer Handbook

By now, who among us: the lawyers, the HR professionals, the owners (Hi there, Mark Cuban, thanks for reading again today), has yet to deal with an allegation of workplace harassment involving social media. A big issue for the EEOC Task Force.

The Good, the Bad & the Maybe: Should You Rehire Former Employees?

Insperity

Skilled, well-mannered, conscientious employees have choices about where they work, and for whom. In today’s competitive hiring environment, are you plumbing all the possible places to find top candidates? The answer: It depends. This can drastically reduce training costs.

how to deal with customers hitting on support reps

Ask a Manager

I’m middle management in the technical support department, and we have a live chat system that we use to interact with customers. We usually have our pictures up in the chat window so people know who they’re talking to, and the women have a tendency to get hit on pretty frequently (myself included). However, there is one woman who started in the last year that gets hit on fairly regularly, and today a man in online chat was way too forward for comfort.

Urban Meyer and Ohio State Become Yet Another Cautionary Tale of What Not to Do

HR Daily Advisor

Whether he will join the ranks of the unemployed, however, is yet to be determined, along with the resolution of a host of unanswered questions. He claimed he was first notified of the issue via text the night before. What was the result?

holding a work party at Hooters

Ask a Manager

The background: A couple of years ago my friend was doing a post-degree certificate in HR through a reputable (but mid-sized local) community college. Just before the end of the fall semester, her fellow students decided to have a Christmas party and invited all the students in the cohort as well as all the professors and some admin staff to attend. The party was held at Hooters. The heated discussion: I think this story is ludicrous (!)

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SHRM Exposition Special: New Onboarding and Performance Management Software

HR Daily Advisor

BambooHR, well known for its HR management software, has added two major components for performance appraisal and orientation, CEO Ben Peterson announced at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition, held recently in Law Vegas. BambooHR’s employee self-onboarding provides a way to get new hires’ personal data and completed forms in the most efficient way. How well equipped are you to handle complaints on a legal basis?

What Should You Know?

HR Studio Group

So many of the organizations I work with aren't quite sure they actually know what they should about human resources best practices and legal requirements. A common question I get is "what should be included in the employee personnel file?" " An equally important question should be "what should NOT be included in the employee personnel file?" From there we build on the basic necessities and work our way up to creating a Culture of Excellence.

team member caused drunken scene at coworker’s wedding, asking for Friday off the first week on the job, and more

Ask a Manager

The team I manage only has two other members. A few other colleagues and I were invited to the evening reception. The other member of the team got overly drunk and was abusive to many guests, knocked small children over on the dance floor, and was heard at the bar saying he was going to “F#%k s$¥t up.” ” When everyone was trying to leave, he started to get naked and violently abusive in the venue’s car park.

Training in a Virtual World: The New Normal

HRExecutive

His boss, head coach Dave Shaw, realized Belch’s potential and didn’t want him to miss out on greater opportunities off the football field. At the time, Belch was also a graduate student who was working on a thesis that VR could improve football-player training.

The Good, the Bad & the Maybe: Should You Rehire Former Employees?

Insperity

Skilled, well-mannered, conscientious employees have choices about where they work, and for whom. In today’s competitive hiring environment, are you plumbing all the possible places to find top candidates? Every company should have a formal, legally vetted policy to address the hiring of former employees. For instance, some companies forbid the rehiring of employees who were laid off. The answer: It depends. This can drastically reduce training costs.

Is digital “shunning” illegal retaliation?

Ohio Employer's Law

Wired tells the story of an Australian tribunal, which ruled that an employee was illegally bullied at work, in part because a co-worker had unfriended her on Facebook. Transfer this case to America, and assume that the employee is claiming retaliation based on the unfriending. Supposed Employee-A complains to HR that Employee-B is sexually harassing her, and, as soon as Employee-B finds out about the complaint, he unfriends Employee-A on Facebook.

EEOC Reconvenes Workplace Harassment Task Force

HRWatchdog

The task force will hear from a variety of panelists during the meeting. The #MeToo movement continues to focus on workplace sexual harassment, and, this week, a federal agency reconvened a task force on the same issue. The U.S.

Employment Law Blog Carnival: The Wreck of the Old 97 Edition #ELBC#ELBC

Ohio Employer's Law

On September 27, 1903, the Old 97, a Southern Railway mail train running between Washington DC and Atlanta, Georgia, derailed near Danville, Virginia. The wreck inspired a famous ballad (most famously covered by Johnny Cash and Hank Williams III ), which, in turn, inspired the Old 97’s to name their band some 70 years later. I’m not shy with my love for the Old 97’s. And it’s not just the jangly vibe that kills on an album, or in a bar, or in a concert hall.

Five for ’15: The legal issues that need to be on your radar

Ohio Employer's Law

Personally, December is my favorite time of the year. I love the joy and togetherness of the holiday season. After we’ve decked the halls and sung the last bars of Auld Lang Syne , companies get back to work, including the work of managing their most important asset—their employees. Now that business is back in session, employers need to figure out the issues that will keep them up at night over the next 12 months. Wellness programs.

How to Engage and Train Your Restaurant Workers Effectively

Rallyware for Human Resources

There are over one million restaurants in the US. It is forecasted that by 2026, there will be approximately 16 million people working in the restaurant industry, suggesting tougher competition in the future. Only with a strong and dedicated team of professionals and enthusiasts, is it possible to achieve success both in the quality of your service and the ability to stand out among your competitors. in 2015 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.