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Tis the Season for Employment Law Compliance

Tandem HR

What business owners need to know as the holiday season approaches. With all of the upcoming holidays, employers may be wondering if they are legally obligated to offer employees paid time off for any of them. Is there an employment law compliance or any obligations regarding cultural holidays and religious beliefs? Employers do, however, have several obligations worth mentioning under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

New employment laws to watch in 2020

Insperity

Every new year brings new employment laws, and 2020 is no different. There are some big changes employers need to know about at the federal, state and local levels. Change at the federal level: White-collar exemption rules. Pay equity laws.

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Learning leaders reexamine sexual harassment prevention in light of new state laws

CLO Magazine

1 in the state of Illinois, the Workplace Transparency Act mandates workplace sexual harassment training for public and private organizations with more than 15 employees. Additionally, the training needed to be more meaningful and relatable.”.

Fine, Be a Bigot

PerformanceICreate

It’s not often our parents suggest we are anything less than authentic but from time to time back in my teenage years, my mom would tell me, “Heather, you may be the devil’s spawn but for God’s sake, quit acting l ike it!” I think of my mother and her pleadings nearly every time I teach a class on discrimination and harassment prevention. Likewise, employees should receive rights and benefits similar to those in similar circumstances.

Employees: You Need to Read This

HR Bartender

Some of the best things about technology are the traditions they’re challenging. We’re beginning to change the way we do business because technology solutions allow us to do things differently. Take, for instance, the employee handbook. Companies have been writing, printing and distributing employee handbooks for decades. The question becomes, are they valuable? Even if you’re storing the handbook online, you get my point.

Is Arbitration Of Harassment the Best Course Of Action?

LaborSoft

is arbitration of harassment claims the best course of action? About a year ago, employers relished a major win when the Supreme Court upheld class-action waivers in arbitration agreements , giving them the power to stop employees from banding together to file claims for work-related issues, instead forcing each to file an individual claim. Noah Finkel, an attorney with Seyfarth Shaw and co-counsel in the notable Epic Systems Corp.

Why the Future of HR Looks Bright for New Grads

Cornerstone On Demand

You're about to graduate and the panicky “How am I going to support myself?" Your fantasy job might center on a cool start-up, or maybe you see yourself at an iconic corporation. Even tiny start-ups without the critical employee mass to hire a full-time HR person use third-party providers, meaning job opportunities abound in agencies as well as in individual businesses. A Day in the Life of an HR Pro. 2) Employee Relations. ●

How to HR in a growing company – A guide for every size business

Insperity

When you first start a company, amid the excitement and many competing priorities, you may not be considering the vital role of human resources (HR) in growing a company. While you can probably get away with a less-than-defined HR strategy as a startup, these policies, procedures and strategies can determine your fate as the business grows. In a perfect world, all businesses would operate in strict accordance with the laws and best practices governing HR.

HR’s Role in Dealing with Office Misconduct

Astron Solutions

Every night on the news, it seems like more stories of workplace harassment are coming to light. In this issue of Astronology® , we take a look at the current challenge of harassment in the workforce. Traditionally speaking, the Human Resources department serves six main functions : Recruitment: Advertise job postings, source candidates, screen applicants, conduct preliminary interviews, and coordinate hiring efforts.

Exec out? 3 keys to handling a leader’s sudden departure

HR Morning

It’s every organization’s worst nightmare when the CEO or a key executive leaves the company unexpectedly. And in the current climate, it’s a very real possibility. The #MeToo movement saw many top leaders terminated due to sexual harassment. The CEO of Papa John’s, John Schnatter, was forced to step down after his racist comments came to light. The best way to handle an unexpected departure is to be ready for it.

6 dos and don’ts of responding to negative employee reviews

Insperity

Master carpenter Norm Abrams made famous the old saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” The careful thought implied in this good advice also applies to how and when a company should respond to negative online reviews from employees. The consequences of rash retaliation can be significant. For instance, the EEOC recently sued a company for the way it responded to an employee’s negative review on Glassdoor.com. Don’t confront a suspected employee.

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WIRTW #502 (the “AirTalk” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate made history by unanimously changing its rules to permit Senator (and new mom) Tammy Duckworth to bring her newborn onto the Senate floor while she cast votes. Yesterday, I guested on Los Angles public radio station KPCC’s AirTalk and spoke with Libby Denkmann about what this means for the future of parental leave laws in America, and why we should be ashamed that countries like Iran and Afghanistan do more for their working moms than we do.

WIRTW #504 (the “once bitten, twice shy” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Yet, four days from tomorrow, I’ll be in Sandusky, at Ohio Bike Week. I’ll be watching Norah and her bandmates warming up the crowd for 80’s hair band Great White. I’ll be the one without the motorcycle. If You’re Sued, Your Sexual Harassment Report Could Become Public — via TLNT. Labor Department tells senators it’s too ‘complex’ to collect sexual harassment data — via Workplace Fairness. If I allow employees to text, what guidelines should I install? —

WIRTW #484 (the “happy place” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Where do you take your mind when you’re just having a bad day, when you have to deal with that employee, when a client chews you out (I know, that never happens), or when you otherwise need a mental breather from the world and all of its evil and other craziness? Like this : D-man has ALL the moves! A post shared by Jon Hyman (@jonhyman) on Sep 24, 2017 at 6:52am PDT. Have you voted yet for the Worst Employer of 2017 ? via The Tim Sackett Project.

WIRTW #370 (the “I’m ready for my close-up”) edition

Ohio Employer's Law

What are you doing at 8 pm tonight? Here’s the official description of my segment: With politicians talking about job creation, you would hope government would make it easy to hire people. But the opposite is true. Pop some corn, or, if you’re out and about on a summer Friday eve, set your DVR, to get your seven-minute fix of Hyman on employment law. Here’s the rest of what I read this week: Discrimination. Your employee has a fragrance allergy.

WIRTW #345 (the “earworm” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

At least Lost Without You is a good song. Here’s what I read this week: Discrimination Despite Employment Discrimination Training, “Human Nature Often Rears Its Ugly Head” — via Employment Discrimination Report Seed and Fertilizer Providers to Pay $187,500 for Genetic Information and Disability Discrimination — via EEOC News Releases Obesity: Grounds for Unlawful Discrimination in Europe? — via LE Blog Is your wellness program illegal according to the EEOC? —

3 Steps to Protect Information While Leveraging Social Media

HR Daily Advisor

The number of companies maintaining a corporate presence on social media rose from 34% in 2008 to 77% in 2013 according to SHRM Survey Findings: Social Networking Website and Recruiting/Selection. According to the survey, social media is primarily used to attract passive job candidates, but, according to Brian R. partner with the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP., Garrison advises that the guidelines or policies should not just be stuck in the employee handbook.

WIRTW #493 (the “Super Bowl” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Today’s goal: Strive to be the type of employer that engenders this type of loyalty in your employees. Here’s what I read this week: Harassment. Friends Do NOT Let Friends Engage in Harassing Conduct — via Jonathan HR Law. Dealing with Sexual Harassment When Your Company Is Too Small to Have HR — via Harvard Business Review. Listening for Sexual Harassment — via HR Gazette. via The L•E•Jer. Philly Off-Duty Employee Did WHAT?

From the archives: The art of the apology

Ohio Employer's Law

meter in the wake of Melania Trump’s RNC speech, victim blaming sexual harassment victims in the wake of Donald Trump’s comments about his hope for his daughter’s reaction to workplace harassment, and, perhaps most critically, the importance of discourse in setting appropriate tones and modeling appropriate conduct in the workplace and beyond. The thing is, if your apology is followed by a “but…”, then you haven’t really apologized at all.

WIRTW #349 (the “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, y’all” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

With the end of the year drawing nigh, today’s post will be my last of 2014 (barring any hot-off-the-presses breaking news). Here’s what I read this week: Discrimination Santa Sued for Disability Discrimination Due to Reindeer Harassment — via Bolek Besser Glesius, LLC Ebola discrimination in your workplace, what the Department of Justice wants you to know. — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog Do You Hear What I Hear?

HR Advice for Small and Medium Businesses

HR Partner

Most small and many medium sized businesses have to figure out the Human Resources side of business as they go along. . We surveyed hundreds of HR consultants to find out the most crucial HR advice for small and medium businesses that they most frequently find themselves giving.

WIRTW #480 (the “another Fake ID” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Indulge me, as this morning I once again take off my employment-law blogger hat, and replace it with my proud dad / music blogger hat. Fake ID had quite the successful opening weekend of music. They started last Saturday night rocking The Pond Ice Rink’s annual clambake (encore included), and finished Sunday afternoon as the talk of the Hiram House Camp Pumpkin Festival. How Sensors and Data are Changing the Workplace — via TalentCulture.

WIRTW #472 (the “back to school” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

A post shared by Jon Hyman (@jonhyman) on Aug 16, 2017 at 8:26am PDT. He was hired at 63 and fired at 64. via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. EEOC: “gentleman’s club” broke law by refusing to hire male barkeep — via Walter Olson’s Overlawyered. Facebook shuts down anonymous in-house forum over harassment — via The Verge. Ebola, Trypanophobia, And Deafness: What Does The ADA Require? — Think Again… — via The Emplawyerologist.

WIRTW #422 (the “Pikachu” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

The story of the week? Not the RNC, but Pokémon GO!, What does the blogosphere have to say about this phenomenon? Catch ‘Em All—All The Workplace Issues, That Is — via Labor & Employment Law Navigator. Pokémon Go in the Workplace: Oh Look There’s a Pikachu! — via Employment Matters Blog. The best, or at least most fun, workplace reaction to Pokémon GO — via Steve Boese’s HR Technology. Should Employers Care? —

WIRTW #490 (the “hilarious world of depression” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Today, I recommend that everyone check out The Hilarious World of Depression podcast. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests … to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. Generational Profiling – The Newest Trend in Recruiting! —

WIRTW #371 (the “no more pencils…” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

The bus picks them up and drops them off, period. So, we’ve spent the past two weeks dropping off and picking up at camp (which, for me, is 45 minutes from work, without traffic). How do other employees, and their employers, cope with this seasonal time-management dance? Here is Help for Employers Managing the Fallout. — via Employment Law Watch. Here’s the rest of what I read this week: Discrimination.

WIRTW #390 (the “cards against HR” edition) @cardsHR

Ohio Employer's Law

I made the mistake of playing with my mom, and let’s just say that I learned some things that a child should never know about his mother, no matter their respective ages. Hilarious things, but, all things being equal, the laughs weren’t worth the memory scars. HireVue , obvious fans of the game, came up with a fabulous promotional idea. jonhyman Show us the best (or worst) cards that you get! Have you ever played Cards Against Humanity ?

3 proven ways PEOs keep your business momentum going strong

Insperity

Having time to focus on the vital revenue-generating responsibilities of running your business can seem like a never ending challenge. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day administrative tasks that it takes to keep your business running and lose sight of your moneymaking initiatives. Here are three ways a PEO can help keep you from getting side-tracked and support you in making your business the best it can be. Do you know how the Fair Labor Standards Act affects you?

Ask The Industry: HR Predictions For 2019

PlanSource

Several new and exciting trends emerged while technology continued to grow in the areas of artificial intelligence, decision support and more. In this edition of ‘ Ask The Industry ’, we spoke with HR experts from across the nation on what their top predictions are for the upcoming year. David Miklas , Labor and Employment Attorney at Miklas Employment Law. “HR HR professionals should be paying attention to the trend of remote workers.

WIRTW #363 (the “iron throne” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Here’s the rest of what I read this week: Discrimination EEOC on Transgender Harassment, Discrimination, and Restrooms — via Phil Miles’s Lawffice Space A white employee tossed banana peels at work, and HE claims discrimination. via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog Are fraternities subject to title III of the ADA? — Sims — via Technology & Marketing Law Blog Social Media and Time Management: Boogeyman or Symptom? —

WIRTW #358 (the “appreciation” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

o your employees feel appreciated? Today is Employee Appreciation Day. However, if you limit your appreciation efforts to 0.38% of a year’s working days, I can flat-out guarantee that your employees do not feel appreciated (even on their “special” day). Employee appreciation needs to be a year-round effort, not a one-off to-do to check off your corporate calendar. The DOL’s Model FMLA Forms Expired Just Days Ago.

WIRTW #437 (the “Elevate HR” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Elevate HR is the largest virtual HR conference in the world. And, for the second straight year, I am thrilled to be one of the more than 50 industry leaders chosen to present. In this session, you will learn the most important steps you can take right now to train your employees on effective cybersecurity awareness, to place your company in the best position to protect against a costly data breach. And the best part?

WIRTW #435 (the "spare time" edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

If you happen to work as an animator at Pixar, you craft emotionally compelling and visually stunning short animated films. According to one of its two creators , Lou Hamou-Lhadj (the other is Andrew Coats ), their “goal was as to make something that kind of contested the notion of animation being a genre, and one for children specifically. I’d say they hit it out of the park. Can Employees Really Speak Up Without Retribution? — HR & Employee Relations.

WIRTW #375 (the “post-it” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Have you heard the one about the intern fired after hiding an offensive message for his employer buried within the stack of post-it notes he was sent out to purchase? Opposing Views has all the info. via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog Just Say No To Overtime — via Next Blog How Obergefell v. Hodges Impacts Employee Leave Laws — via The Emplawyerologist Need To Investigate Employee Misconduct While the Employee is on FMLA Leave?

WIRTW #372 (the “bad work day” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Next time you think you had a bad day at work, remember, at least you weren’t hit with an axe. From Mediate : During last Sunday’s broadcast of Fox & Friends, co-host Pete Hegseth tossed an axe to tease an upcoming segment on timbersports, missed the target, and hit a marching band percussionist standing in the distance. Let’s go the replay : Here’s the rest of what I read this week: Discrimination. Or Can Employer Take Action? —

WIRTW #374 (the “bad choice” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Earlier this week, I came across the following while watching the local morning news: The consumer reporter was demoing an online t-shirt business with two female station employees modeling shirts that read,”I can make you feel cheep,” and “I can take 80% off.” via Blogging4Jobs The focus of the ADA turns to websites in the digital age: Is your site compliant? — via Workplace Prof Blog No Fault Employment? —

WIRTW #414 (the “happy 10th” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

I have no idea how this happened in 10 quick years, but I am certainly enjoying the ride. Here’s the rest of what I read this week: Discrimination Is sexual harassment training a turn-off for men? — via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider Another Advertising Agency Courting the EEOC: Have They Ever Heard of Retaliation? — via Troutman Sanders HR Law Matters.