Sexual Harassment Nightmare at a Small Business

Stratus

There’s almost nothing worse than a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against your small business. One of my employees was doing a wash on a client and the unthinkable happened. I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what transpired, but the end result was a harassment suit filed against my business. What I do know is what I, the business owner, went through. It turns out my experience isn’t that different from other small businesses in the same situation.

Over a third of UK adults have suffered discrimination at work

cipHR

New research by CIPHR suggests that over a third of UK adults have suffered workplace discrimination . Over a third of British adults (36%) report having experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace or when job hunting, study finds. Discrimination rife in workplaces.

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Illinois Sexual Harassment Training Requirement

GoCGO

Illinois has made a lot of changes for 2020, not the least of which is the requirement that ALL employers provide sexual harassment prevention training for their employees on an annual basis. Require restaurants and hotels to provide supplemental annual training and to establish, distribute and post a written policy on sexual harassment prevention. HR & Payroll

Netchex Multiplex: How would HR handle your favorite movie characters?

Netchex HR Blog

They still slip through the cracks occasionally and get hired. Knowing HR strategies on how to handle these troublesome employees is just as important as avoiding them in the first place. The New Hire. Harry Potter (Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone). Is the boss nice?

Today’s Sexual Harassment Case: Elf v. Santa

HR Daily Advisor

Drelling shared the story of a sexual harassment complaint in Santa’s workshop and how the company handled it so very ho ho horribly wrong; today, Drelling shares how the company should’ve handled the situation with this mall Santa. Drelling, who serves as general counsel of the Restaurant Division at Specialty Restaurants Corp., wrote the following analysis. He should have been promptly removed and replaced with a look-alike from the North Pole.

New California FEHA Regulations ‘Clarify’ Definition of Employer

HRWatchdog

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) now has a new counting method for the five-employee threshold. In June 2019, the Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) approved new regulations, which primarily seek to “clarify” the definition of employer that will determine when to apply the FEHA including the FEHA’s harassment prevention training requirements. Harassment Training Requirements Changes.

How to develop and refine critical human resource skills

PeopleStrategy

“To maximize success in HR, you need the right complement of skills.” Here are a few of the key abilities that HR team members of all levels must possess and continually develop to ensure successful operations that best serve the business as a whole: HR Skills: the hard stuff.

What is EPLI and Does My Business Really Need It?

Tandem HR

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) insures businesses against claims by workers who feel their legal rights as employees of the company have been violated. This includes claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Business owners should not feel immune to this type of legality from their employees (regardless of how well they feel they know them), as claims continue to be on the rise. According to the U.S. EPLI Insurance.

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.

Ask an HR Expert: Romantic relationships in the workplace

Tandem HR

Today’s question is “What do I need to consider as an employer when it comes to romantic relationships in the workplace?”. Today’s question is “What do I need to consider as an employer when it comes to romantic relationships in the workplace?”. Regardless of what we communicate to our employees or attempt to prevent in the workplace, romantic relationships in the workplace are going to happen. It doesn’t even have to be between the two individuals in the relationship.

Compliance fails! What startups consistently overlook

Stratus

If you’ve ever started a business, you already know that from the day you hire your first employee, you’re under scrutiny. With just one person on your payroll, you immediately agree to abide by a whole slew of government regulations pertaining to employee management, any of which can be accidentally violated. Compliance violations: real stories of harassment, discrimination, Fair Credit Reporting and more. It’s the screw up that keeps on giving.

Don’t Rewrite Your Policy Manuals, Just Do This Instead…

PerformanceICreate

Stop Discriminating! Now that it’s February and all the new year’s articles are out about updates to policy manuals, I am here to remind you that policies are pretty much worthless. They are worse than the mission statements on transparency and integrity that are projected on the lobby wall while people continue to hide things and lie. Especially when they sit in a notebook in the bottom drawer or 8 clicks into the employee portal.

Office Romances: For Better or Worse.

Tandem HR

Love is in the air. This may not be a shocking statistic if you stop to consider a full-time employee spends at least half of his or her waking hours on the job. As managers and organizational leaders, what precautions can we take to ensure that personal relationships minimally affect the workplace? This is always good practice for compliance purposes, but fraternization and sexual harassment policies need to evolve as your culture changes. Office Romance.

How Manufacturing Companies Benefit from Partnering with A PEO

Helpside

Mike helps small business leaders find the best combination of outsourced payroll, benefits, employee safety, work comp, and HR solutions to save both time and money. . Efficiency is the key to running a successful manufacturing company.

HR Headaches Series: Training Employees to Ask Less Questions

Zenefits

HR is essentially a service department: the job is talent acquisition, retention, and management — there to help with the staff’s professional endeavors. The time spent on repetitive questions may be nominal in your organization, or it may be a significant drain for HR.

Workplace Compliance: Clarify The Hot-Button Issues You Can’t Ignore Anymore

SwipeClock

The goal is to protect your employees, customers, and your business. Train managers, HR, executives, and employees. Training materials. Payroll. When crafting your policy, address the following: Good faith estimate of employee schedules.

8 HR Nightmares & How to Avoid Them

Rise

Luckily, when equipped with the right strategies, you can prevent these scenarios from becoming a recurring nightmare in your workplace. Documentation is a necessary evil in the workplace. Lost documents, whether through lack of organization or failures with transferring ownership, can lead you into the dark depths of the forest with the daunting task of finding missing information. Running into errors with payroll processing.

How to Approach Gender Identity in the Workplace

Tandem HR

Addressing Gender Identity in the Workplace with Grace and Professionalism. Does the topic of gender identity seem too difficult or personal to address within the workplace? More than 25% of transgender people have experienced some form of discrimination at work.

How to avoid common mistakes with EEOC complaints

Insperity

According to recent data, the top five EEOC complaints reported nationally are: Retaliation: 39,110 Disability: 24,238 Race: 23,976 Sex (including pregnancy): 23,532 Age: 15,573. What are the big mistakes you should avoid? Insufficient manager training.

How much does a PEO cost?

Genesis HR Solutions

If you’re considering partnering with a PEO, the question that’s inevitably on your mind is this: How much does a PEO cost? Here’s the truth: It really depends on your business and your needs. Technology —The other factor that’s becoming increasingly relevant is technology.

How to write an employee handbook effectively

Homebase

The reasons vary for why business owners who don’t have an employee handbook have not yet considered creating one. They help save time when training team members and keep you legally protected in terms of employment laws. Give a brief history of the company. Harassment.

Employee handbook examples and sample policies

Business Management Daily

Having a great employee handbook helps new employees understand expectations and ensures that all staff members are on the same page in regard to conduct and procedures. The employee handbook examples below can help you start building your own handbook. Leave and time off policies.

What is EEO-1 reporting – and why is it important?

Insperity

Much conversation centered on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is devoted to high-profile, high-stakes topics such as preventing discrimination and harassment complaints or best practices for handling investigations once they’ve been initiated.

The Grievance Procedure Explained

Digital HR Tech

Grievance procedures; the pros and cons Grievance procedure: 6 steps How long should a grievance procedure take? This is a formal complaint procedure that generally has rules that the investigator must follow. Grievance procedures; the pros and cons.

Equal Pay Is Not a Favor or a Perk; It’s the Law!

PerformanceICreate

The Equal Pay Act. State employment discrimination laws. Pew Research in 2016 determined: White and Asian men earn the most 100%+. If the pace of change in the annual earnings ratio continues at the same rate as it has since 1960, it will take another 40 years , until 2059, for men and women to reach parity. The answer is simple: You can’t. The easiest way to deal with pay equity is to comply with the law. Correct the problems.

How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Handling an EEOC Complaint

Insperity

The best way to avoid charges of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or other fair employment practices agencies is to proactively establish consistent employment practices and policies that spell out the expectations for workplace interactions and communications. Providing awareness training for employees and managers should also be a top priority. Follow the EEOC’s rules closely. Discrimination can be costly.

What you need to include in a small business employee handbook

Business Management Daily

When you’re trying to oversee your business’ sales, marketing, product, and finances it’s easy to put HR tasks like developing an employee handbook on the backburner. Reviewing the employee handbook should be a routine step in new employees’ onboarding process. Paid time off.

How To Write And Update Your Employee Handbook For 2021

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Employee Handbooks in 2021: The Definitive Guide. Many business owners overlook the importance of a well-written employee handbook. Make training and enforcement easier. The Challenge of Keeping Handbooks Up-To-Date. It should be the go-to authority for policies.

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., Training.

How To Write And Update Your Employee Handbook For 2020

SwipeClock

Employee Handbooks in 2020: The Definitive Guide. Many business owners overlook the importance of a well-written employee handbook. Make training and enforcement easier. The Challenge of Keeping Handbooks Up-To-Date. It should be the go-to authority for policies.

The Top 6 Critical Concerns of HR Compliance

HR Topics

There is so much to get done in a day – who really has time to keep up with all the HR compliance concerns? Employees can file a complaint with government agencies online in a few clicks. The areas below are those where we see the most litigation. Harassment.

How To Avoid Common Mistakes When Handling an EEOC Complaint

Insperity

The best way to avoid charges of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or other fair employment practices agencies is to proactively establish consistent employment practices and policies that spell out the expectations for workplace interactions and communications. Providing awareness training for employees and managers should also be a top priority. Follow the EEOC’s rules closely. Discrimination can be costly.

A Checklist of HR Policies and Procedures to Have in Place

HR Digest

This preempts any misunderstanding about the duties and obligations of both the employer and employee. Get a lawyer or any consultant to give a once- over to the written HR policies format to avoid any legal hassles ahead. Payroll deductions.

How to Improve Your Onboarding Process (COVID & Remote Work Issues for 2021)

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Start the new year by aligning onboarding with carefully-considered policies. Let’s discuss the issues that affect new hire onboarding. We will discuss the following broad Human Resources categories. The Human Part of Onboarding. Can the employee use personal equipment?

6 must-have policies for a strong employee handbook

Insperity

Outline the policies that affect your employees. Your business’s code of conduct is the first place employees should look when they have questions about ethics and compliance. Some of the basic information you’ll want to include in your code of conduct includes: Code of ethics. Set expectations and establish the consequences for not meeting those expectations. Laws prohibiting discrimination are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.