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.

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. Ditch the open bar!

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What the heck is ‘bleisure’ and how could your company get sued over it?

The Employer Handbook

’ Ironically, my lack of focus led me to click “ Has the era of ‘bleisure’ begun? And since the post was only about 75 words, I managed to read all of it. If the bleisure trip is brief, then this won’t be much of an issue. Wage and hour implications.

How Serious are OFCCP Equal Pay Penalties? Very.

Trusaic

The Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) just won a significant equal pay victory against WMS Solutions, LLC, a staffing company focusing on asbestos abatement. In its recent decision, a judge within the U.S. The remainder is to remedy systemic hiring discrimination.

Recruiting Ideas for Low Wage Workers 

ExactHire - Restaurants

Prior to the pandemic, most people used terms like “essential worker” to refer to healthcare workers, police and other first responders. 2020 changed our perceptions of what we think of when we consider jobs that are indispensable to the functioning of our society.

Managing Employees’ Online Behavior

Affinity HR Group

We have all read stories of someone’s unacceptable or illegal actions going viral and the public using social media to identify that person and where they work and live. Train these employees on proper communication skills and how to maximize the impact on the platforms.

CalChamber Hiring Checklist Makes Onboarding Easy

HRWatchdog

The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have greatly threatened most small businesses, but their ability to be nimble and flexible with a smaller workforce has helped them succeed today, Roberts says in kicking off the podcast. Welcoming New Hires to the Organization.

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. Anti-discrimination. Most of us know this as the EEOC laws. We know that discrimination is a “bad” thing, but unfortunately discrimination, both intended and unintended, still occurs. Wage and hour.

Is Hiring Teens a Good Alternative to a Tight Labor Market?

Stratus

Could teens be the solution? While there are pros and cons to every situation, here are several advantages and disadvantages from the employer’s side. Lower wages. If you’re planning to hire teens, be sure to build in training and clearly define expectations.

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.

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. Specifically, the charge numbers show the following breakdowns by bases alleged, in descending order: Retaliation: 39,110 (53.8 in the previous year.

A Shifting Landscape of Workplace Challenges

EverFi - HR

Over the last 19 months, employers and employees have been grappling with these and other constantly-evolving challenges and opportunities in the workplace. Examine strategies for supporting employee mental health while navigating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The U.S.

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.

20 Essential HR Policies Every Company Must Cover

Netchex HR Blog

The HR compliance landscape is continually evolving. Since people are undoubtedly complicated, companies need numerous HR policies to manage the way people work and clarify your expectations for employee behavior, performance, and development. What is the purpose of HR policies?

New Year Equals New Employment Posters — Remember Your Physical Posting Obligations!

HRWatchdog

In California, employers are required to post well more than a dozen separate posters from varied agencies such the U.S. Department of Labor, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Department of Industrial Relations.

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.

Governor Signs New Employment Laws for 2019

HRWatchdog

Governor Jerry Brown signed several key employment law bills that businesses need to be aware of for the coming year. With a few strokes of his pen on September 30th, 2018, the last day to sign or veto bills, Governor Jerry Brown altered the landscape for California employers in a number of significant ways. Here are some of the new laws taking effect in January 2019 that employers should anticipate: Assembly Bills.

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.

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.

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.

Sorry. I’ll make it up to you today.

The Employer Handbook

So, the fam and braved the long lines (during which my young children got quite a vocabulary lesson) and headed into Philadelphia on Thursday for the Philadelphia Eagles parade. Tomorrow, I’m off to testify before Philadelphia City Council. Last Wednesday, I received an email from the Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Majority Whip. The five-million-dollar comma?!? ” Age Philadelphia Race Sexual Harassment Wage and Hour

New Year, New Priorities: 2022 Workplace Trends

EverFi - HR

There’s no doubt about it: 2021 was the year of employees demanding change. While some employers hoped vaccines would allow a “return to normal,” many employees across the country made it clear they had no intention of returning to the way things used to be. Learn More.

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 appealed to the U.S.

Protect Your Business: How to Avoid the Most Common Discrimination Charge

Insperity

In 2014, nearly 43 percent of all discrimination complaints filed nationwide with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused employers of retaliation. And according to the EEOC, the number of findings based on a retaliation claim is outpacing other types of discrimination. Among the reasons people accuse their employer of discrimination, retaliation is the easiest for them to allege and the most challenging for a company to defend.

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.

Protect Your Business: How to Avoid the Most Common Discrimination Charge

Insperity

In 2014, nearly 43 percent of all discrimination complaints filed nationwide with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused employers of retaliation. And according to the EEOC, the number of findings based on a retaliation claim is outpacing other types of discrimination. Among the reasons people accuse their employer of discrimination, retaliation is the easiest for them to allege and the most challenging for a company to defend.

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.

Illegal Discrimination in Tech? Hardly

Evil HR Lady

Well, Im not, but thats the perception of all of us in HR. Need to explain to someone why, even after working their rear end off all year, that their annual increase is 2.7%? So, come join me on the Evil Side. Friday, September 03, 2010 Illegal Discrimination in Tech? Hardly I have an overwhelming theme in the advice I write–and that is, stop whining and blaming others and take responsibility for your own choices. Illegal Discrimination in Tech?

Why your control employees must care about employment laws

Ohio Employer's Law

Last week I was asked if managers and supervisors have any liability for their own acts of discrimination or other unlawful activities. Like most things in the law, the answer is, “It depends” on the law about which you are concerned. If it’s wage and hour advice, for example, then the Fair Labor Standards Act provides for individual liability for those who exercise significant control over the company’s operations.

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.

5 Common Types of Employment Law Violations

Hppy

And while it would be nice if those were the only kind of offices that broke the law, the truth is that there are many types of employment law violations. Discrimination. The key thing to keep in mind is that discrimination is against the law, whether positive or negative.

2016 Midyear Employment Law Update

HRWatchdog

It’s already been a busy 2016 for employers, with lots of action from the California Legislature, federal and state agencies, local governments and our courts. CalChamber’s free 2016 Midyear Employment Law Update white paper recaps some of the more significant developments to date in these areas: Wage and Hour. Discrimination and Harassment. CalChamber members can download the white paper from the HR Library ; nonmembers can download it here.

September’s Webinar Specifically for California Supervisors

HRWatchdog

That’s because the responsibility of managing employee relations most often falls on California supervisors to enforce HR policies, address employee grievances appropriately and honor accommodations. Avoid the legal and financial perils of noncompliance. Register online or call (800) 331-8877. Your webinar purchase includes a recorded version that’s available after the live event. General HR Best Practices HR policies supervisor training webinar

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.

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

Insperity

With today’s increased polarization between the two main political parties, unfortunately, attitudes toward those who believe differently can be quite harsh. Is that the type of work environment you’d like for your employees? Apply the rules consistently. Let’s be real.

HR Glossary of Terms

Zenefits

ATS, employee handbook, HRIS, workers’ comp … there are plenty of acronyms and terms in the HR world to know and stay on top of. Sometimes you need a glossary on hand when you’re stuck trying to remember a definition, or you’re wanting to learn some new terminology.

Webinar: March 2020 Web Summit - Don't Ask Me About My Salary History

Paycor

Did you know there are 17 states that have banned salary history questions during the interview process? Register to learn how to get the information you need without asking the questions you can't, along with the basics of the salary history bans, interview tips, tricks and no-nos.

How to write an employee handbook effectively

Homebase

Employees can use them to answer questions they may have around vacation time, wage and hour policies, and more. . The reasons vary for why business owners who don’t have an employee handbook have not yet considered creating one. Give a brief history of the company. Hours.

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.