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.

Supervisory Status Key in Assessing Liability in Sexual Harassment Cases

HR Daily Advisor

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss an employee’s same-sex sexual harassment claim after determining that the supervisor lacked the ability to take tangible employment action against the employee. Jerry was responsible for overseeing maintenance activities and supervising hourly employees.

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.

Expanding Your Business – 9 Things You Need to Know

Tandem HR

However, have you considered the employer and employee elements? Additionally, 14 states and the District of Columbia contain cities and counties that also impose an income tax. You will need to be educated on the differences and establish an accurate tracking system. The rules are complicated, and the penalties for noncompliance are severe. Employment laws: Every state has its own set of employment laws.

September’s Webinar Specifically for California Supervisors

HRWatchdog

CalChamber’s HR webinar on September 20 reminds California employers of how important and essential it is to make sure supervisors are well-versed in California’s employment laws. 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.

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. However, employee handbooks serve an important role. Why does your small business need an employee handbook ?

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?" 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. And as business becomes increasingly global, companies are hiring HR people like never before—the employment of HR specialists is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020.

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.

WIRTW #501 (the “fireflies” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

We went to see our fav, Rhett Miller, who invited Norah to share the stage and duet with him. I learned 4 things watching Norah: She’s got nerves of steel (which I kind of already knew). She can hold her own with a 30-year veteran of the industry. The Cost of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace — via ERC HR Insights Blog. Completed Sexual Harassment Training: Fired For Sexual Harassment 6 Weeks Later — via FisherBroyles.

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.

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.

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

Ohio Employer's Law

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. Sexual Harassment has a major impact on NYC employers — via Mike Haberman’s Omega HR Solutions. HR & Employee Relations.

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 #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! Have you voted yet for the Worst Employer of 2017 ? Polls for the first round close on November 22. via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider.

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

Ohio Employer's Law

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. SCOTUS ruling on religious garb puts employers in a double bind — via HR Café.

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.

WIRTW #345 (the “earworm” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

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? —

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.

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 #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?

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?

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.

Why I’m a management-side lawyer

Ohio Employer's Law

Every now and again it’s worth pulling a post out of the archives for a rerun. Today, I look all the way back to April 15, 2008, for one of these reruns, to answer the question—. In a perfect world, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment wouldn’t exist. But they do, and companies, even those with the best of intentions, run afoul of the complexities of our myriad employment laws.

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. Not Quite… — via The Emplawyerologist.

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 #472 (the “back to school” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

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? — Employers: Think Losing or Destroying Records Isn’t a Big Deal? Think Again… — via The Emplawyerologist. HR & Employee Relations.

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. Labor Relations.

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 ?

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?