Legal – Compliance & Policies

It’s Your Job to Keep Company Data Safe So Talk to IT

Terminating employees is never a fun task for HR, but it’s sometimes a necessary function that must be handled properly. Ensuring the organization’s sensitive information remains secure even as internal personnel are let go is a vital part of that function and one that puts HR on the front lines of data privacy…

Here’s What You Need to Know About Filing Your EEO-1

Companies required to file EEO-1s have only a week left until the September 30th deadline. For companies that have been filing by electronically, there is a new development. The Joint Reporting Committee (JRC) announced earlier this summer the file must be uploaded directly to the production database rather than emailing the file to them. This was…

States, Business Groups Sue Over New OT Rules

21 states just sued the DOL to stop the new overtime rules. And your company should… …continue to prepare as if the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rules will take effect on December 1, 2016, as scheduled. But what’s this lawsuit all about? Read on… Actually, it’s lawsuits, plural That is, on…

The I-9 Form and Fines Are Changing: Are You Up-to-Date?

Note: First Advantage is offering a free webinar detailing the changes in the I-9 form and process. You can register here. For today’s employers, hiring and managing high-caliber, trustworthy employees is just the half of it. Organizations must also stay up-to-date with employment laws, regularly monitoring and managing their frequent revisions. One of…

How the Candidates Compare On Employment Immigration

Employment-based immigration isn’t just a recruitment option for U.S. employers. With the growing skills gap, it’s become a necessity to grow and keep operations afloat. And with diametrically opposed candidates campaigning for the White House, it’s apparent that U.S. immigration could change drastically depending on who takes office in January. Which nominee has…

Is Your Company Friendly to Breastfeeding Workers?

Have you heard the term “brelfie”? It’s a twist on the word selfie’ and it’s a new trend in which everyone from celebrities to non-famous folks take pictures of themselves while they are breastfeeding. (I guess that would make the painting of Nursing Madonna the original brelfie!) Famous paintings aside, opinions are divided…

Chamber Readying Lawsuit Over OT Rules

There are 78 days left until the new U.S. Department of Labor overtime rules take effect. However, according the a recent report from Chris Opfer and Ben Penn at Bloomberg BNA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is ready to sue. What might the lawsuit say? Under the new DOL rule, most employees who are…

What Do You Do About “Out Sick” Workers Working From Home?

Technological advancements have greatly increased connectivity for people in different locations, which makes it much easier for employees to carry out their usual job functions from the comfort of their own homes. Although telecommuting has grown in popularity, many employers require their employees to work in an office. However, that is not always…

3 Reasons Why Women Walk Away From Leadership Positions

One of the many societal changes sparked by the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s and ‘70s was a shift in gender role ideology. The new way of thinking was especially empowering to working women, as it opened doors for them to take on and succeed in high-level positions. This progressive energy in…

With So Many FLSA Lawsuits, Here’s What You Should Do

Nobody wants to think about getting sued. And most business owners like to think that if they’re doing their due diligence, doing right by their employees, and paying everyone on time — maybe even throwing in some extra perks like bonuses — that everything will generally work out okay. The unfortunate truth is,…

Your Performance Reviews Are Biased Against Women

Language in performance reviews often conforms to gender stereotypes that result in women and men being put on different career paths, with men being favored for leadership positions. Despite many CEOs’ intentions to prioritize gender equality, McKinsey & Co.’s 2015 Women in the Workplace study revealed only one-third of employees surveyed believe gender diversity is…

Can You Enforce the Confidentiality of Employee Settlements?

A reader emailed me yesterday. “Hey Eric, Clients are wondering about value of settlement NDAs after ex-Fox News HWE victims go public despite contracts. Your reaction?” Wait! You mean employees actually violate confidentiality provisions? I know, right? By way of brief background, in late July, New York ran a story by Gabriel Sherman, suggesting a…

Special Handling May Be Required For Your Younger Workers Affected by the OT Rules

Under new overtime regulations set to become law on December 1st, approximately 4.2 million salaried employees will be reclassified as nonexempt employees with set work hours. The new law may cause a backlash with our youngest workers, since less workplace autonomy runs counter to so much of what they strive for at work….

Here’s How to Prevent Accidents and Avoid New OSHA Fines

The numbers are staggering. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration there were 4,281 deaths in the workplace in 2014. On average, 12 workers are killed each day. OSHA was created to suggest and enforce protocol and policy geared to enhance employee safety and reduce the likelihood of injury or death. One…

Beat Drug Test Cheaters With These Screening Alternatives

There are about 14 million drug users in the US, 70% of which are employed, costing employers and society generally $120 billion in lost productivity. Data has shown that illicit drug users are more likely to incur worker’s compensation claims, have higher health insurance costs, possess a lower level of productivity, and are more…

How to Ensure Your Shared Service Center Delivers On the Promise

It’s Sunday night in a dimly lit regional office. Major presentation is due Monday morning to senior management on the recent changes to corporate HR policies. The majority of the new initiatives are bound to create ripples among the local workforce, especially, in terms of shrinking career advancement opportunities on foreign postings and…

What Does the ADA Require For a Mental Health Episode At Work?

My skin crawls thinking about the Google search terms that will land some HR professionals on this post, which involves a failed suicide attempt. Hopefully, this is not a practice tip upon which you’ll need to draw in the course of your HR career. But, just in case… In a recent opinion, the Seventh…