Telecommuting Discrimination – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

We’ve talked before about telecommuting and about discriminating against parents , but never together. I work for a company that sometimes allows employees to work from home. Is this considered discrimination in the workplace? By definition, telecommuting is when an employee works from home. The idea is, the employee is eliminating their daily commute to the office. Basically, the legal issues are the same no matter where your employees work.

Are You Tracking These Common Employee Relations Issues?

LaborSoft

If you own a business or are a HR manager, maintaining unified employee relations is integral to your company’s success. While this is inevitable, the key to dealing with common employee relations issues is having a plan and multiple supports in place so that when issues do arise, they can be addressed swiftly and effectively. Common employee issues HR should be tracking to avoid legal ramifications : 1) Conflict Management. Employee Relations Software

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AI: Discriminatory Data In, Discrimination Out

SHRM Resources

Artificial intelligence (AI), increasingly used in recruiting, might inadvertently discriminate against women and minorities if the data fed into it is flawed. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)--Employee Relations Talent Acquisition Compliance Employment Law Technology--Compliance

7 ways a PEO can help you manage your employee-related to-dos

Insperity

The more time you spend managing employee issues, the less time you have to run your business. But by ignoring your employer responsibilities to employees, you could cause a rift in your workforce and create potentially costly legal battles. Your simple employee relations issue just escalated. Other employees are now complaining that Joe is very careless around equipment in the warehouse. An employee requests leave.

‘Managing’ Diversity for Your Organization: Inclusion, Employee Relations and More

Compensation Today

But more than that, it’s not enough to hire a bunch of employees who are different from one another; as humans, we need to feel included. On the flip side, without inclusion, you see a negative impact on employee engagement and retention. Employee Relations. When we fail to manage diversity, employee relations issues can arise. Promptly investigate any complaints by employees.

How the Employee Relations Job Function is Changing: A Look at the HR Acuity Benchmark Study

Evil HR Lady

Just what does the employee relations department do all day? This is the type of question that if you ask an ER person directly, it may result in a pointed glare or perhaps weeping as the employee relations expert sinks into a chair.

If You’re Being Investigated by Human Resources – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

That being said, it can be a serious shock when an employee finds out human resources is investigating something that involves them – whether they are the focus of the investigation or just that their name has come up in conversation. What should employees remember when they’re asked to meet with HR regarding an investigation (regardless of their involvement)? Every employee has a duty to reasonably cooperate with an employer’s investigation.

What Star Wars teaches us about employee relations #TheForceAwakens

Ohio Employer's Law

Let your employees post to Facebook and shop on Amazon. Each offers a real benefit that will help you attract and retain good employees. Employees often view the HR department, and by extension, the employment lawyers that help guide them, as agents of the dark side. If you treat your employees as you would want to treated (or as you would want your wife, kids, parents, etc. Related Stories Should you allow employees to shop online from work?

Should HR Give Employees Advice – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

Let’s face it, human resources professionals often know personal things about their employees, like how much money they make. As a result, it can be tempting to want to help employees tap into community resources. I work in employee relations/training department for an organization in the human services/non-profit field. For example, we link our employees to information about subsidized child care resources, job training, etc.

Alleged Pay Discrimination at Google Makes Marc Benioff and Salesforce Look Amazing.

The HR Capitalist

Here's a rundown from the post : "In a panel at a conference organized by Fortune last week, Marc Benioff, the CEO of the cloud-based software company Salesforce, said that he recently ordered a review of all 17,000employees’ salaries to see if female employees’ pay was in line with those of male employees doing similar jobs. Not only did they change the narrative related to diversity (important, but so it equality, people!), Compensation Employee Relations Litigation

Will There Be Over 90,000 Discrimination Charges Filed In 2017?

Investipro

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released the 2016 statistics for discrimination and harassment cases filed for the year, showing an increase for the second consecutive year. Discrimination charges were filed in 91,503 cases (29% being sex based claims). Well, there were most certainly those complaints that did not meet the legal definition of discrimination or harassment. Not just in fees, but in company morale, reputation and employee time.

The World Needs More Businesses that Call Bull * on Ageism.

The HR Capitalist

In today's cancel culture, it has never been easier to be accused of discrimination, and never been more important to watch what you say. . Change Culture Employee Relations Talent Workplace

Can Employees Refuse a Pay Increase – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

I’ve always (jokingly) said that the one thing I can count on is an employee not refusing a pay increase. He said that I need to speak with HR, who said they can’t take the pay increase back because it’s a law in Massachusetts and would look like the company is discriminating against me. What I think readers would like to know is, when they hear that the company can’t do something because of a law, where can the employee go to verify the comment? .

Turns Out, There Is Political Discrimination and Harassment Too

PerformanceICreate

Seven or so years ago, I was asked to teach a course for a client regarding discrimination and harassment prevention. You see, while I’ve always been an advocate for fair and just treatment of employees, I’m not a huge fan of protecting every little group of folks. Laws prohibiting political affiliation discrimination differ depending on location and on public or private sector employment.

Would You Fire Your Employee for Saying This?

UpstartHR

My question for you today: would you have fired your employee for saying or writing this kind of thing, knowing that his or her actions reflect on you as an employer? . How would you respond if an employee posted something like this on their social media channels? General Discrimination Employee Relations

6 Ways a PEO Can Help You Manage Your Employee-Related To-Dos

Insperity

The more time you spend managing employee issues, the less time you have to run your business. But ignoring your employee-related responsibilities could cause a rift in your workforce and create potentially costly legal battles. Your simple employee relations issue just escalated. Other employees are now complaining that Joe is very careless around equipment in the warehouse. An employee requests leave.

Denial of Promotion OK’d When Employee Failed Assessment

SHRM Resources

An employer was not liable for age discrimination when it denied a promotion to a septuagenarian who had failed the employer's standard assessment test, according to the 7th U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)--Employee Relations Employment Law Employment Testing

Employees: You Need to Read This

HR Bartender

Take, for instance, the employee handbook. Companies have been writing, printing and distributing employee handbooks for decades. Is there another way to provide employees the same information without killing a bunch of trees? Employee handbooks are time consuming and expensive to produce. And there’s a perception that employees don’t read them. Human resources creates an employee handbook to protect the company. Employees swear they will read it someday.

Understanding Conflict of Interest – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

The CEO of our company has hired his daughter in the marketing department as a part-time employee. This amounts to about $70/hour, which grossly exceeds other employee salaries. I should mention that a remote argument can be made that it violates the anti-discrimination laws in those states in which ‘family status’ is a protected status. It’s not fraud if there is no suggestion to a third party that the employee is working more than 500 hours per year.

The cost to defend a discrimination lawsuit (and can you do anything about it)

Ohio Employer's Law

My answer: The reality is that defending a discrimination or other employment lawsuit is expensive. Last month, insurance carrier Hiscox published its annual guide to employee lawsuits [pdf]. What does Hiscox report on the cost of defending of discrimination lawsuit, from its study of its own claim history? What can you do to mitigate this risk of lawsuits by (ex-)employees, and the high costs that go along with them? Preventing discrimination and harassment.

Marijuana, Opioids and Disability Discrimination: What Employers Should Know

Cisive

In an era where employers are having to plan for changes in workplace drug testing compliance, primarily due to evolving marijuana laws and our nations opioid crisis, another compliance beast continues to rear confuse employers: Disability Discrimination. Disability discrimination laws and lawsuits are not new to the employment world; in fact, there have been rules about employment discrimination dating back to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) [1] which became law in 1990.

The Best Way to Avoid EEOC Claims

Investipro

Example: An employee feels as though he is spoken to disrespectfully by his manager based on his ethnicity. Once the EE feels better in his work environment, he generally wants to show appreciation by showing that he is a loyal employee, works hard and is a good candidate for future promotion. Knowing that problems can and will be addressed respectfully and result in a positive outcome allows the employee to get up every morning feeling positive about going to work.

From the Archive- Employee Birthdays: Recognition or No?

OmegaHR Solutions

As I got to my birthday it made me think about how companies recognize employee birthdays , if indeed they do. One such post was How to Celebrate An Employee’s Birthday. Light the candle, gather the other employees and go to the birthday boy/girl and sing happy birthday. Again get the employee’s permission before automatically celebrating to avoid religious discrimination issues. Celebration. This post first appeared in 2011.

Supreme Court Declines to Decide if ADEA Covers Job Applicants

SHRM Resources

The Supreme Court has left in place an appeals court decision that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) does not apply to job applicants who allege a hiring policy adversely impacts older workers. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)--Employee Relations Talent Acquisition Compliance

5 Excellent Tips For Managing Workplace Diversity

Career Metis

In a broad sense, it’s the varied composition of employees in a company. Employees in a company may be diverse, but not included in office processes. Each employee should feel comfortable in an office environment. Above all, collaborate with your current employees.

Uber CHRO Resigns Amid Whistleblower Allegations: Serves as Cautionary Tale for HR Pros at all Levels.

The HR Capitalist

In addition to encouraging employees to hug during town hall meetings with the singular purpose of talking about harassment issues (WOW!), Hornsey has been accused of routinely dismissing racial discrimination claims. More from Engadget : Uber's Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey has resigned after a third-party firm investigated allegations that she routinely dismissed internal racial discrimination complaints. Employee Relations Legal Affairs

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Want to End Harassment? It’s a Culture Thing (#SHRM16)

UpstartHR

In short, the EEOC said that training doesn’t reduce discrimination. It can cost you great, productive employees and drive away the talent that your organization needs. General Employee Relations Legal Compliance SHRM Annual Conference TrainingIn case you missed it, there was a SHRM Conference Daily post this week with a very interesting headline.

Why HR Should Never Ignore Employee Complaints

LaborSoft

Thus, it behooves HR to deal with employee complaints expeditiously so that they can be resolved, not only for the employee involved, but for the entire organization’s peace of mind and success. If you do right by your employees, they aren't going to call an employment attorney.".

Let's Break Down the Korean Gate Agent Claim Vs. Delta Airlines.

The HR Capitalist

In case you missed it last week, four former Seattle-based Delta Air Lines employees filed a lawsuit against the company, saying they were fired for speaking Korean. A lot of the claims are afterthought allegations, with the real reasons for terminations being business-related. This is what we pay the HR generalist (at all levels) with employee relations responsibilities for. Employee Relations Legal Affairs Litigation Managing

Employee Complaints: Employees Want To Be Heard. What’s Your Plan?

Investipro

Race, age and sex discrimination • Wrongful termination • Retaliation • ADA accommodation violation • OSHA violations. These are just a few of the employee complaints that are increasing due to actions employers have and are taking since the COVID-19 Pandemic began.

Employee Complaints: Employees Want To Be Heard. What’s Your Plan?

Investipro

Race, age and sex discrimination • Wrongful termination • Retaliation • ADA accommodation violation • OSHA violations. These are just a few of the employee complaints that are increasing due to actions employers have and are taking since the COVID-19 Pandemic began.

Employer Lawfully Focused on Applicants’ People Skills

SHRM Resources

did not discriminate against a black applicant by promoting a white candidate deemed as having superior people skills, the 11th U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)--Employee Relations Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) 11th Circuit Relationship ManagementThe school board of Shelby County, Ala., Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Googling Candidates: Ray Rice Version.

The HR Capitalist

Can that lead to discrimination suits, etc? Communications Employee Relations Recruiting Ah yes, Googling candidates. Read enough HR Magazine or talk to employment lawyers, and they''ll tell you Googling candidates is questionable at best, as is looking at candidates on social media. . You could get sued. You could factor things into a selection process that really shouldn''t be evaluated. . You know what''s riskier than Googling candidates? Not Googling candidates.

The Best Way to Avoid EEOC Claims

Investipro

Example: An employee feels as though he is spoken to disrespectfully by his manager based on his ethnicity. Once the EE feels better in his work environment, he generally wants to show appreciation by showing that he is a loyal employee, works hard and is a good candidate for future promotion. Knowing that problems can and will be addressed respectfully and result in a positive outcome allows the employee to get up every morning feeling positive about going to work.

Diversity, stop burying your head!

New to HR

Many won’t admit it, pushing it under the carpet and only allowing it to rear its head when they have been exposed for discrimination in a much publicised Employment Tribunal. Olympic poster girl subject to race discrimination, yes its true! Surely not, but yes a Topgun police officer took the Metropolitan Police to an employment tribunal race discrimination and won. Why do organisations discriminate?

4 Situations Where You Should Consider Hiring a Labor Attorney

Career Metis

In the United States, employees are protected by both federal and state labor laws. These laws guarantee employees protection from being discriminated against because of their race, gender, or religion, as well as due to a physical or mental disability.

Does This Require an Investigation?

Investipro

Some will give you the definition of what requires an investigation under harassment discrimination laws. After almost 25 years of working as an HR professional generalist with a focus on employee relations my answer is this. Time and time again, employers who conduct prompt and impartial investigations consistently find the result to be an increase in employee trust that everyone is held to the same standards of conduct. The answer seems to depend on who you ask.