Legal – Compliance & Policies

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…

What Brexit May Mean For U.S. Companies With Overseas Workers

Editor’s note: Non-nationals working in the U.K. are beginning to worry about their job prospects there in light of the Brexit vote. A report from one of Europe’s leading search firms suggests a talent exodus may be starting. Read about it on TLNT today: Brexit Fallout: Is the U.K. Facing a Brain Drain?…

Future Shock: 3 Trends That Will Make Recruiting More Difficult

The World Economic Forum predicts that recruitment is going to become a lot more challenging in the next five years for just about every job in every industry. The WEF report — the Future of Jobs — attributes this situation to an increasing mismatch between available skills and those needed for jobs that are emerging…

Your Agency Temps Can Now Form A Bargaining Unit With Your Own Employees

Over the last seven+ years, the National Labor Relations Board has consistently expanded collective bargaining rights in a variety of employment settings. Continuing that trend, the NLRB has now reversed over a decade of precedent and ruled that temporary employees supplied by one company (“supplier employer”) to another company (“user employer”) to perform…

4 Pro-Employee Trends That Are Picking Up Steam

Declaring that “The pro-employee tide is rising,” a report out this morning identifies four developments in regulations and compliance that if they don’t yet affect your workforce, they soon may. New overtime regs, the push for a $15 minimum wage, paid leave, and “ban the box,” are the leading pro-employee trends, says the…

The 3-2-1 Response to Your Company’s “Lady CFO” Problems

In a recent Google shareholders call, a small thing happened that has big implications. Google’s CFO, Ruth Porat, answered a question posed to her by a caller. In posing his question, the shareholder referred to Porat as “The Lady CFO” making a choice, consciously or unconsciously, to amend her title with a gender…

A Quick Guide to Leaves As “Reasonable Accommodation”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued the “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act” guidance to help employers know when leaves of absences are considered reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. The EEOC advises employers to consider leaves of absences as reasonable accommodations that must be granted unless they impose undue hardship…

The 3 Biggest Compliance Worries You Should Be Worrying About

I came across Littler Mendelson’s Executive Employer Survey Report, which “examines the legal, economic and social issues having the greatest impact on the workplace, based on survey responses from 844 in-house counsel, human resources professionals and C-suite executives from a range of industries.” What has respondents losing sleep at night? From the executive…

Are You Ready to Handle Political Tensions In the Workplace?

More than a quarter of HR professionals are already reporting an increase in workplace political volatility compared to previous election seasons, according to a recent Society for Human Resource Management poll. The same study found only 24% of organizations have written policies on how to handle political activities, though 72% say they discourage…