Legal – Compliance & Policies

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…

Green Card Holders From 7 Countries In Trump Order Will Be Allowed Back

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27th, 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. It is important to note that citizens of those…

Trump Appoints EEOC Acting Chair

Originally nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as an  EEOC Commissioner back in 2010, Victoria Lipnic has now been named by President Trump as Acting Chair. According to this EEOC press release, Acting Chair Lipnic’s prior experience includes service as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards, which oversaw the Wage and…

Supreme Court Agrees to Decide On Employer Class Action Waivers

Picture a nerdier version of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where persuasive legal briefs and sharp oral advocacy are like rear naked chokes and “ground and pound.” The fight card In one corner, we have the Federal Arbitration Act. Among other things, the FAA allows an employer and employee to agree that all employment-related claims…

What Employers Can Expect In the First Days of the Trump Administration

There are many pieces of legislation or policy matters affecting the employee experience that are likely to be in flux during the first part of Mr. Trump’s presidency. At stake are the following five key topics: Changes to the Obama administration’s overtime rule. Modifying the Affordable Care Act. Changes to family medical leave….

Revelation! Unconscious Bias Hurts Your Hiring Results Across All Candidates

One of the primary reasons why increasing amounts of technology are entering the recruiting space is the recognition that recruiters and hiring managers harbor a great deal of unconscious bias, which has a negative impact on a firm’s recruiting results. I live in the Silicon Valley, where in an effort to increase diversity…

What You Don’t Know About Your Retirement Plan Could Sink You

The U.S. Department of Labor in August significantly increased its penalties for retirement plan sponsors who get caught making compliance errors before they correct them on their own. What previously might have only been a fine of a few hundred dollars through the DOL’s Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program can instead result in penalties…

DOL Sues to Get Google Comp Info

Google is being sued by the U.S. Department of Labor for allegedly failing to turnover documents relating to compensation of employees at its Silicon Valley headquarters. The suit announced today charges that Google provided a September 1,  2015 “compensation snapshot,” but has refused to turnover other data the government wants, including job and…

Google Sued By OFCCP Over Comp Data

Google is being sued by the Department of Labor for allegedly failing to turnover documents relating to compensation of employees at its Silicon Valley headquarters. The suit announced today charges that Google provided a Sept. 1,  2015 “compensation snapshot,” but has refused to turnover other data the government wants, including job and salary…

U.S. Agencies Get New Rules About Disabilities

In the U.S., the government is out with new rules related to hiring people with disabilities, guidance that currently applies only to government agencies, not the private sector. The rules, among other things, require each federal agency to try to have 12 percent of its workforce be people with disabilities. While the new regulations…