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!

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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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.

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.

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). But, what interested you the most? My minions have compiled for me the most popular posts in 2019 at The Employer Handbook.

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?

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

OmegaHR Solutions

Wage and hour violations cost some industries more than others. 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. Here is the list. #1 That is just the back pay cost. Training is the answer.

Five great reads to improve HR

OmegaHR Solutions

Oops Uber made it in the news, but not in a good way. ” Attorney Nancy Yaffe then wrote in Lessons from Uber on How to Conduct a Harassment Investigation that there are things that all companies could learn from the way Uber is conducting the investigation. In There Are Differences In What The Generations Want From Work China tells us about a report called the Monster Multi-Generational Survey.

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.

Compliance Issues, #MeToo Movement Impact Employers

HRWatchdog

Do you have the same compliance concerns as the employers in this survey? Over the past year, employers’ compliance challenges increased significantly thanks to both an uptick in federal employment law enforcement, and the growing “patchwork” of state and local requirements, according to the 2019 Littler Annual Employer Survey. The survey, released May 8, found that employers’ primary concern is 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CalChamber Podcast: Texting in the Workplace and Other Cautionary Employment Tales

HRWatchdog

Finding novel ways to increase efficiency or prevent workplace harassment can create serious problems for employers if not properly executed or thought out. In the podcast, Shaw mentions that in an effort to increase efficiency, many companies choose to use resume scanning software, and it is possible that this staffing agency simply made an error by checking a wrong box and not reviewing the final job announcement before it was published. Subscribe to The Workplace.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Negative Social Media Post: Protected or Unprotected Behavior?

Stratus

You just discovered a disgruntled employee went on social media and wrote a disparaging post about you, their supervisor, and the company. Not only are you furious and embarrassed, you’re ready to discipline, if not fire, the employee.

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.

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. Wage and hour should be simple but it just isn’t.

Why your control employees must care about employment laws

Ohio Employer's Law

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. Some courts apply the same rationale to violations of the FMLA, although individual liability under that statute is far from a settled issue.

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.

New Employment Laws for 2021: What They Mean for HR Professionals

Flimp Communications

With the infamous 2020 in the rearview mirror — hopefully along with the unprecedented challenges that accompanied it — HR professionals are hoping for a less chaotic year. HR teams everywhere answered the call. Minimum Wage. Training.

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.

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.