Legal – Compliance & Policies

What You Can Do to Help New Parents

New mothers and fathers everywhere wrestle with the issue of juggling a career and family. Traditionally, it’s an issue that has most impacted mothers. Some want to stay home, but have to work to supplement the household income. Others want to work, yet worry over trusting someone else to care for their child….

Court Says Liability Waivers Can’t be Part of Background Screening Disclosures

The  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that an employer’s inclusion of a liability waiver in a background check disclosure is a willful violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This is an important finding and will affect any third party company who performs background screening. In Syed v M-I, LLC,…

What to Consider When You Self-Fund Your Health Plan

When deciding to use a TPA (third-party administrator) to administer your self-funded healthcare plan, the first consideration is often what your healthcare provider network will look like. TPAs can help companies save more money and provide greater flexibility, but what about the provider’s quality of care? A close look shows that TPAs, with…

Contractor Blacklisting Rules Coming to a Permanent End

Less than six months ago, federal contractors were clutching their pearls over the prospect of having to publicly disclose violations under 14 federal workplace laws, to be eligible for a government contract. The following month, in October 2016, a federal judge iced those “blacklisting rules” with a nationwide injunction. Now, it appears as though President…

Dumpster Fire at Uber Highlights Pitfall of Forsaking HR in Favor of Recruiting

No one wants to be the Uber-of-whatever these days. Headlines alleging sexual harassment will do that, I guess. In case you’ve been living under a rock, you’re well aware of the mess over at ride-sharing service Uber. If not, Susan Fowler, a former site reliability engineer at the company, recently wrote about her “very, very…

The Untapped Potential Of Hiring New Mothers

This series profiles people whose ideas have the power to transform the workplace. Several are company leaders who have put their ideas into practice. Others are thought leaders influencing the way we work. Each new part will post on Tuesdays. Links to previous articles are at the end of this post. This series…

New Travel Ban Exempts Green Card Holders, But H-1Bs Are Included

Monday, President Trump signed a new executive order banning travel from six nations, replacing the EO previously signed on January 27.  The new ban still blocks entry into the U.S. from certain countries and halts the refugee program for 120 days. However, this ban no longer includes Iraq, does not apply to green…

Expedited H-1B Program Suspension Announced

Friday’s announcement that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will halt its expedited H-1B visa processing is raising concerns that businesses dependent on foreign talent could be impacted. “This suspension is not good for American businesses by any means,” immigration attorney Tahmina Watson told CNN. H-1B visas allow employers to bring skilled foreign…

H-1B Slowdown Expected to Impact US Businesses

Friday’s announcement that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will halt its expedited H-1B visa processing is raising concerns that businesses dependent on foreign talent could be impacted. “This suspension is not good for American businesses by any means,” immigration attorney Tahmina Watson told CNN. H-1B visas allow employers to bring skilled foreign…

If Uber’s Culture Is to Change, the CEO Must Go

If any part of the charges of sexual harassment and favoritism made by a former Uber engineer hold up, company CEO Travis Kalanick should go. The VCs who sit on the company board should do the right thing if he doesn’t, and fire him. The chaotic, sexist culture described in a blog post…

What Are You Doing to Reduce Insider Threats?

Most companies agree that background checks are critical in ensuring a good hire. If events revealed in a background check prevent you from hiring a malicious employee, wouldn’t you want to know the same about an existing employee? An effective human resources leader wants to put their company in a position for success….

Why You Should Take All Harassment Complaints Seriously

When I conduct anti-harassment training for supervisors, one of the points I stress is that all complaints of harassment and discrimination — no matter how minor — must be taken seriously. Why? For a few reasons. By addressing harassment right away, it reduces the chances of repeat performances. That’s good for the employee. That’s also good…

What to do When A Worker Dies On The Job

Note: This is the second of two articles on being prepared in the event the worst happens. The first article (here) dealt with the sudden death of a key employee. This article discusses an on-the-job death. Successful companies know its best to plan for the worst and hope for the best. When we…

What Would Happen If Your CEO Died?

Note: This is part one of two parts. Today’s article focuses on corporate readiness for a sudden loss of key leaders. Tomorrow’s article discusses how HR should respond to an on the job death. Human resource professionals have a complicated job: payroll, discipline, morale, harassment, terminations, etc. An HR professional who doesn’t stay…

White House Signals No Change In LGBTQ Order For Federal Contractors

The New York Times reported  President Trump will preserve intact President Obama’s LGBT order (Executive Order 13672) protecting applicants and employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As published by the Times, a White House statement provides: President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. rights, just…

Coming to America: The Immigration Challenge

The President’s immigration order has created a lot of controversy, but the emotional outrage has prevented the focus from shifting to issues about a system that is antiquated and fundamentally unsuited to the needs of the United States in the 21st century. U.S. immigration policy is largely rooted in the Immigration Act of…

Homeland Security: Green Card Holders Will Be Allowed to Return

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27, 2017, that suspends the admission into the U.S. of people from certain countries for 90 days. This three-month ban applies to citizens of the following countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Citizens of those seven countries who hold U.S. visas…