With November arriving, so has the official start of the flu season. An outbreak of the flu in the workplace can cause significant reduction in productivity. Employers should educate their employees on how to avoid the flu and how their sick policies apply should an employee get sick.
Michigan Democratic Legislators are introducing legislation intended to curtail illegal deductions from pay. Any illegal deduction from pay is being called wage theft. Wage theft is described as the “denial of wages or employee benefits that are rightfully owed to an employee.”
Why should I run background checks on my applicants? What do other employers check on backgrounds? These are questions that I get quite often from our customers. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin.
With Hurricane Harvey and Irma causing widespread destruction and also severe business disruption, employers everywhere should plan for disasters and disruptions caused by any form of natural disaster. What laws may come into play that the employer should be aware of?
Medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath in an important step to becoming a doctor. One of the most well-known premises of that oath is, “first, do no harm.” That is a good oath for any profession and is certainly something to be considered in background screening.
Over the last several years organizations, especially in Silicon Valley, compete with each other by offering expanded parental leave benefits or unlimited PTO policies as a way to attract and retain talent. Over the last several months the newest growing trend in leave benefits is offering expanded time off for bereavement.
Many employers have a rehire policy for former employees. However, a recent case may make it more difficult to ban former employees from future employment with your organization.
The value and purpose of an updated and thorough employee handbook is apparent in a recent case. In July, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for an employer in a disability discrimination case in large part because the company clearly communicated its complaint procedure in its employee handbook. The Plaintiff (former employee) failed to follow the procedure as detailed in the employee handbook.
Non-compete agreements are a common employer approach to protecting their business from customer poaching, losing business process secrets, and losing valuable employees. These agreements have always been somewhat controversial because they can be used to restrict employment opportunities.
The salary history question has become quite controversial in recent months, and some cities and states have created laws around it. It used to be an expected question during the interview process, but there is debate over whether the question is a fair one and could cause pay inequality to prevail as women progress through their careers.
If Cyber Monday during the holidays isn’t bad enough with on-line shopping distracting employees and impacting productivity, now employers have to deal with the latest online shopping “holiday” mid-year with Amazon Prime Day. For those who aren’t familiar with Amazon Prime Day, it is the mid-summer sales equivalent of Christmas in July.
Signaling the start of the Trump Administration’s rollback of employment and labor Obama era regulations, the Department of Labor announced it is withdrawing its two guidance letters that further defined the restrictions on engaging a worker as an independent contractor.
It’s likely fair to say that we’ve all come across a jerk or two in our work lives. In a recent survey by Connectria Hosting, 83% of respondents said they’d worked with one or more jerks during the past five years. Connectria and others have now created “No Jerks Allowed” policies for their workplaces.
Most employer Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policies restate the notice requirements and other information mandated by the FMLA posting rules. In addition, they should state any company-specific policies regarding FMLA leave. If certain issues are not specifically addressed in the policy, it may end up in the court’s hand to decide during a law suit.
Kurt Rambis, former NBA champion and coach, is quoted as saying, “I’m in favor of drug tests, just so long as they are multiple choice.” There are many different types of drug tests available for screening applicants and employees for drug use, but can they be multiple choice? In a way they can. How? Well I’m so glad you asked.
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