Holiday Parties and Harassment

HR Counselor's Corner

It’s that time of the year again when companies are throwing holiday parties to thank their employees and celebrate the season! But with holiday parties come the potential for a few legal pitfalls for employers. If you are planning a holiday party, you may want to consider a few tips to reduce your liability for unwanted issues while keeping the event fun and festive during this joyous holiday season. Ditch the open bar!

EEOC Busy: Focus on Sexual Harassment

HRWatchdog

The EEOC continues to collect money from employers in lawsuits and settlements for sexual harassment. The U.S. The agency continues to focus on sexual harassment in America’s workplaces as recent press releases demonstrate: On June 13, 2018, the EEOC announced a multimillion-dollar sexual discrimination settlement against a transportation supplier. The employer must pay $3.2 Harassment Prevention Training.

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Free COVID-19 claims and lawsuits webinar? And a slide deck on EEO considerations too? I got you, fam!

The Employer Handbook

Plus, get 40 credits worth of HR virtual learning from GSC-SHRM starting this Sunday. I’ll be co-presenting the legislative/legal general session on Tuesday morning. You can check out the final rule here (starting on page 5459). The same goes for other supercars too.

Protect Your Restaurant from Wage and Hour Violations

Paycor

The hospitality industry (particularly restaurants) faces more wage and hour violations than any other industry. In fact, throughout 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) received over 7,000 wage and hour claims from the hospitality industry, recovering more than $483 million in back wages for employees for issues like off-the-clock work, failure to pay overtime wages and misclassifying employees.

Latest sexual harassment complaints against McDonald’s will test joint-employer rules

HR Morning

McDonald’s and a number of its franchisees face allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation in complaints filed this week. The 25 workers allege they were subjected to unwanted physical contact and other harassment while working at McDonald’s restaurants. The Fight for $15 activist group filed complaints with the EEOC on May 21 with support from the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Who’s the boss?

From the archive: Which industries do you think are hit the hardest by FLSA violations?

OmegaHR Solutions

Wage and hour violations cost some industries more than others. Wage violations occur in these industries as much today as they did two years ago. . With the December 1, 2016 deadline for changes in the new overtime regulations a great deal of attention is being focused on the Fair Labor Standards Act. A recent study conducted by TSheets , using Department of Labor data, looks at industries that are hardest hit by wage and hour violations.

The Best of The Employer Handbook in 2019 confirms that you readers are STONE COLD SAVAGES!

The Employer Handbook

Among other things, the U.S. million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL also made it easier to offer perks and benefits to your employees and still pay those workers properly and clarified that an employee may take FMLA leave to discuss a child’s special education needs at school. But, what interested you the most? My minions have compiled for me the most popular posts in 2019 at The Employer Handbook.

New California Employment Laws Affect Businesses in 2018 and Beyond

HRWatchdog

The California Chamber of Commerce today released the list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2018 and beyond that will affect California employers’ daily operations and policies. Be prepared by downloading CalChamber’s new white paper, which summarizes the new laws’ effects on California employers. Learn about new laws relating to: Leaves of absence; Hiring practices and enforcement; Discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections; Wage-and-hour; and.

Five great reads to improve HR

OmegaHR Solutions

Wednesday is always a good day to take a look at some writing other than mine that others have found interesting. Oops Uber made it in the news, but not in a good way. Julianne Pepitone wrote in CNN Tech “ Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, published a blog post on Sunday alleging systemic sexism at Uber — including being propositioned for sex by a superior. ” If China feels this is a worthwhile report then the rest of us should as well.

What your business can do NOW to prepare for the DOL ‘Blacklisting’ rules and guidance.

The Employer Handbook

In 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Folks like me on the management-side refer to this Order as the Blacklisting rules. In general terms (I’ll get a little more specific below), the Blacklisting rules require prospective federal contractors and subcontractors to disclose anything that may appear on a laundry list of labor-and-employment-law faux pas. Who is covered by the Blacklisting rules? So, the U.S.

Latest sexual harassment complaints against McDonald’s will test joint-employer rules

HR Morning

McDonald’s and a number of its franchisees face allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation in complaints filed this week. The 25 workers allege they were subjected to unwanted physical contact and other harassment while working at McDonald’s restaurants. The Fight for $15 activist group filed complaints with the EEOC on May 21 with support from the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Who’s the boss?

5 new California laws for 2018 that could affect all HR pros soon

HR Morning

With the new year came new rules for California employers. And even if you don’t do business in the Golden State, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these new regulations, which could wind up affecting your state sooner rather than later. . Once a conditional job offer is made, the employer may ask about any convictions, and decide whether the nature and gravity of such an offense would conflict with the duties of the position.

The state of HR: What should be keeping you up at night?

HR Morning

While HR pros are a little less worried about the ACA and DOL enforcement than in previous years, thanks to the effects of the #MeToo movement and an uptick in sexual harassment lawsuits, a number of other workplace issues have them concerned. These are some of the key findings from The Littler Annual Employer Survey, 2018 , which surveyed 1,111 HR pros, execs and in-house counsel. To view the full report, visit.

Contractor Makes Stupid Mistake At a Client Site – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

According to the Freelancers Union, freelancers make up 35 percent of U.S. It’s a good assignment in the low $100’s. In my excitement, I sent a note to a friend, who also happens to work for the company. The language in the note was ‘locker room’. I’ve also been letting the HR rep know about my efforts to attain additional work assignments. I don’t want the company to think I’m not doing anything but sitting around sending bad emails.

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4 key steps to maintaining HR compliance

HRExecutive

Furthermore, the perils of noncompliance are fierce: fines, penalties, potential class-action lawsuits—not to mention the hit to your company’s reputation. For example, while the federal minimum wage remains unchanged, 21 states raised their minimum wage on Jan. In addition, new paid-sick-leave laws, mandates on sexual-harassment training and anti-discrimination laws are springing up coast to coast.

Talking politics at work – why it’s a bad idea and how to prevent it

Insperity

There’s pretty much no upside to your employees talking politics at work. With today’s increased polarization between the two main political parties, unfortunately, attitudes toward those who believe differently can be quite harsh. Apply the rules consistently. Let’s be real.

What your business can do NOW to prepare for the DOL ‘Blacklisting’ rules and guidance.

The Employer Handbook

In 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Folks like me on the management-side refer to this Order as the Blacklisting rules. In general terms (I’ll get a little more specific below), the Blacklisting rules require prospective federal contractors and subcontractors to disclose anything that may appear on a laundry list of labor-and-employment-law faux pas. Who is covered by the Blacklisting rules? So, the U.S.

The Daily Rundown: Sexual Harassment Training and the State of Paid Family Leave

Zenefits

Welcome to the Small Business Run Down. Today we take a look at the debate around Colorado’s proposed paid family leave legislation, the role credit scores play in small business lending, and sexual harassment training in the Big Apple. Republican lawmakers in Colorado have voiced concerns about the impact this would have on businesses, particularly small businesses. The Number: $671. The Number: 300. The Number: 15.

Two Compliance Issues every HR professional should know and teach to managers

OmegaHR Solutions

I have come across a number of “must-know” lists in the past couple of weeks. Perhaps this is an artifact of the time of year, getting a fresh start phenomenon. These are the things that I think all good professionals must know. Most of us know this as the EEOC laws. The prime law is the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which covered race, religion, color, sex and national origin. HR professionals need to be on the constant lookout for racial discrimination.

Learning Corner With Jeffrey Pfeffer: How to Redesign Jobs to Improve Employee Health & Company Performance

Cornerstone On Demand - Talent Management

In late 2019, the American Institute of Stress pulled together “ 42 Worrying Workplace Stress Statistics ” from a variety of sources, including Gallup, Korn Ferry and the American Psychological Association. Some of the most troubling revelations: 83% of U.S. But that’s not all: Numerous studies show that depression has physiological repercussions and can increase the risk of heart disease, insomnia, weight gain and other unexplained aches or pains.

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.

Pat yourselves on the back, employers. EEOC Charges dipped to a new 27-year low!!!??

The Employer Handbook

Y’all must work in the most compliant workplace in America. Speaking of which… Last Friday, the U.S. Although the data does not account for complaints of discrimination filed with state and local fair employment practices agencies, the number of Charges of Discrimination filed with the EEOC continues to decline. Specifically, the charge numbers show the following breakdowns by bases alleged, in descending order: Retaliation: 39,110 (53.8

Recap at Summer Break: Employment Bills Remain

HRWatchdog

The following list summarizes CalChamber’s top priority employment-related bills and their status as of July 6. A review of action on major employment-related legislation for business before the Legislature began its summer recess on July 6 shows both good and disappointing outcomes for the employer community. On the plus side was the passage of a CalChamber-sponsored job creator that enables businesses to avoid hiring repeat sexual harassment offenders.

The most common employee documents used at trial

Business Management Daily

How do you protect your company in the event you go to trial? Maintaining HR documents is an essential step in protecting your company, and yourself, in the event you go to court for civil litigation, criminal charges, or other investigations. In the U.S., Without the right documentation, you could be held personally liable by the court. Consistent and thorough employee documentation, training, and policies can help you avoid employee litigation.

Bad Publicity Leads to Recruiting Challenges

HRWatchdog

Many well-known companies are making news lately for alleged employment violations, including sexual harassment allegations, wage-and-hour violations and independent contractor issues. Besides the human cost to the employees involved and the monetary costs to the company, such as legal fees, potential fines, penalties or other damages and decreased productivity, one other large cost affects companies: damage to company brand.

Lineman Claims His Overtime, Training Opportunities Were Derailed On Basis of Race

HR Daily Advisor

An African-American railroad worker alleged that he was denied overtime and certain training due to race discrimination. His employer denied the allegations. In 1997, Amtrak hired “Luke” as a signal helper and then promoted him in 2001 to lineman in the company’s Electric Traction Department. Some of his responsibilities in that position included construction, installation, and repairs of the overhead catenary system. Luke initially worked the first shift—from 6 a.m.

Should you allow employees to discuss politics at work?

Insperity

As political discourse ramps up, so does the likelihood that hot-button discussions will boil over between coworkers. How can leaders limit the distraction posed by emotionally charged political talk ? It may surprise you to learn that our country’s First Amendment right to free speech is protected in public companies and government agencies, but not in most private companies. However, in doing so, you must be cognizant of employee rights afforded by the NLRA.

Employment law changes to watch in 2021

Insperity

The new calendar year always rings in some employment law changes, and 2021 is no different. Here are some of the major changes we’re following. There are three employment law changes at the federal level that may affect your organization. per hour. Ban the Box.

4 Final Sins of Supervisors and Managers

HR Daily Advisor

In yesterday’s Advisor , we looked at the first six sins commonly made by supervisors and managers. Today we’ll take a look at the rest. [ Talk to me about that harassment business next week. If you think the work’s not safe, you’re free to quit anytime. Nobody in this department can talk about salaries or benefits with other employees or outsiders, especially online. Making Wage/Hour Blunders. Off the clock.

Valentine’s Day at Work: Cupid as Career Killer

Thrive Global

Caught in a bad romance… Is love in the air at your workplace on and around Valentine’s Day? While office dating can send you to the honeymoon suite, it’s more likely to land you in the heartbreak hotel, outside on the company doorstep, or in a red hot legal mess. Employees should recall the age-old adage about the perils of mixing business with pleasure. Make sure to abide by the norms and values which reflect your company culture and brand image.

Feds unite with Worker.gov, a one-stop website for employees to address workplace issues

The Employer Handbook

After consuming a protein shake or two from a red Solo cup during my family’s Halloween escapades, I retired to the bloggerdome to visit the EEOC’s website. Halloween or not, I have the coolest Monday night routine in all of Cherry Hill, NJ. Oh, heck, probably in the whole state. On the EEOC’s website, I found this tweet encouraging folks to beta test Worker.gov , a tool to help workers learn about and exercise their rights.

Employment laws to watch in 2019

Insperity

A patchwork of state and federal laws was eventually replaced when Congress set minimum age requirements with the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. At the turn of the last century, workers had few legal protections from wage theft or unsafe working conditions. From pay equity to transgender rights to anti-bullying, the pendulum is once again swinging in favor of greater protection of employees. Minimum wage. Harassment, discrimination and bullying.

That EEO-1 you just filed will look a lot different next time. Oh, good…

The Employer Handbook

I’ve got to be on my game at the SHRM Lehigh Valley Annual Conference. I’m presenting 5, yes five , sessions over the next two days. If you are in Bethlehem, PA for the conference, please check out the schedule , enjoy a sesh with me, or just stop by and say hello. On Day 2 of the Conference, during the prize drawing before the final keynote , one lucky winner will get a free on-site workplace training session from the Your Blogness.

That EEO-1 you just filed will look a lot different next time. Oh, good…

The Employer Handbook

I’ve got to be on my game at the SHRM Lehigh Valley Annual Conference. I’m presenting 5, yes five , sessions over the next two days. If you are in Bethlehem, PA for the conference, please check out the schedule , enjoy a sesh with me, or just stop by and say hello. On Day 2 of the Conference, during the prize drawing before the final keynote , one lucky winner will get a free on-site workplace training session from the Your Blogness.

So, You Think You Have a Strong Severance Agreement?

HR Daily Advisor

When done right, the separation agreement will forever bar legal claims by the employee who signs it. The question is: do you do yours right? . Below are three of these important factors, which all Human Resource managers should consider before asking an employee to sign on the dotted line. 1. Give Time for the Employee to Evaluate the Agreement. Then the employee must be given 7 days after signing the agreement to revoke their acceptance.

Managing HR Compliance in the Age of Technology

Get Hppy

Compliance may not be the rock star of HR tasks, but it is the one that is necessary to keep the band together. Without compliance, businesses are at risk of fines, lawsuits, bankruptcy, and closure. Research by Forrester concluded that businesses who do not effectively manage risk or implement compliance policies are at risk of losing billions of dollars. For many companies, technology has changed the ways in which they manage HR compliance. Training.

A guide to the new California labor laws in 2021

Homebase

The new year brings new legislation across the US, and this includes California labor laws. Some of the regulations signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom aim to prevent COVID-19 exposure in the workplace. The extension will expire on January 1, 2022. .

Can HR really fix organisations’ diversity problems?

cipHR

The growing strength of the Black Lives Matter movement has thrown the spotlight on instances of racism and a lack of inclusion at organisations around the world. For cultures to truly change, HR needs to overhaul organisational systems and structures that are compounding inequality at work. Most HR practitioners would agree there is a long way to go to tackle racism and inclusion both in workplaces and within the profession itself.

Compliance Checklist: Federal Employment Laws You Need To Know At Every Stage Of Your Company’s Growth

Zenefits

Here’s a quick checklist of some major federal laws you’ll need to tackle at different employee thresholds in your growth. Employers must properly classify and pay employees a corresponding minimum wage, while following overtime and child labor standards. Employers may only hire those who can legally work in the United States and must maintain up-to-date I-9 forms for all employees. Employers must pay male and female employees the same wage for the same job.

Legislative Updates in 2021- What to Expect!

Affinity HR Group

Some changes include: Employers in Colorado, Maine, and New York will be required to offer employees paid time off. California employers will need to expand the permissible reasons for using sick time. New Minimum Hourly Rate. The post Legislative Updates in 2021- What to Expect!