Preparing for Employment Law Changes


Last fall, Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s paid sick leave bill into law. The law will guarantee paid sick leave for many employees who previously had no such benefit. Unfortunately, a lot of laws that are well intentioned can become headaches for employers.

Why Is Understanding Employment Law So Important?


Employment law is in place to guarantee a fair and safe working environment for employers and employees. Statutes and strict rules outline, for the employer, how their employee’s should be treated within the workplace. Career Advice employment law

The Pop Culture Employment Law Blog Carnival


Employment law blogs are a blog niche I’ve seen grow over the past two years, and I’m thankful for that. Because your employment law attorney and HR experts can keep your workplace out of trouble of the legal variety. Case Law That Creates Conversation.

Back to School: Employment Law Blog Carnival


Are we, as human resources practitioners, up to speed with employment law? Are our employment laws still working and still relevant as the workplace and workforce demographics change? When’s the last time you reviewed your state’s employment law?

Steamed Employment Law Attorneys & Social Media


Employment Law Attorney, Facebook is not going away. Bottom line is that your employment law attorney really has no idea. But then I remember that anyone can read and understand case law, I have the internet too. Ban social media for the workplace.

Alcoholism in the Workplace


Before we go any further, it needs to be said: every employee, every workplace and every situation is different. With that being said, there are two different federal employment laws that typically come up when dealing with an alcoholic employee: the ADA and the FMLA.

Friday Five: What Will Trump Do First?


Eric Meyer argues that it won’t be so easy for reverse decisions on workplace discrimination and equal treatment. Top 10 Workplace Law Developments To Expect From The Trump Presidency. HR economy employment law immigration

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your workplace holiday disasters

Ask A Manager

In general, we are a sane, appropriate workplace where something like this would never happen on purpose.)” Every year before the party we’d get an email about how under employment law the party was an extension of the workplace and bad behaviour would not be tolerated etc.

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HR Best Practices: Going Beyond Minimum Requirements


Every year brings changes to employment laws. Ultimately you want a policy that complies with the law and also meets the needs of both the company and employees. This can often mean going beyond what the law requires. HR employment law HR policy

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NY Domestic Violence Suit has Implications for Employers


Although Porter’s forced time off was paid, it isolated her from her team and disrupted her work life, and it singled her out as being unwelcome in the workplace. The settlement makes it clear Bon-Ton’s response has been found lacking and beyond the impact on the company itself, there are broader implications for employers in New York state and elsewhere. And with laws on accommodations varying from state to state, disclosure can be risky.

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Build a Culture of Workplace Flexibility


An even broader debate, however, “has arisen between HR professions (who have to administer flexible work programs) regarding workplace flexibility tools in general.” One thing is critical, reports Kelly, is the intersection between these workplace flexibility tools and various employment laws.

Lifeguard Lessons: When to Break the Rules


It seems like a strange tale, but it can tell us some important information about being inflexible in the workplace. Balancing Employer and Employment Risk versus Reality. What can we learn from this tale of mismanagement that is also about employer risk?

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Age Discrimination — When Everyone is a Protected Class


I’ve written a lot here about social media discrimination, but for a moment let’s talk about age discrimination and how it impacts your workplace. Lawsuits in 2009 cost employers $72.1

HR and Workplace Guide Tackling Employee Conversations That Stink


As the HR manager and business leader, it’s your job to address these types of stinky workplace situations and doing so from a position of strong leadership, positive employee development and an awareness of the sensitivity of the matter is key. Know company policy and applicable law.

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Part 5 – The Era of Corporate Social Media Discrimination


This means that companies who consider off-duty and after working hours conduct when making employment decisions like hiring, firing, performance, and promotions could be digging themselves a very large, deep, and dark hole.

5 workplace laws your employer might be violating

Ask A Manager

If you tend to assume that your employer understands labor law and always follows it … surprise! Many employers regularly violate employment law, either knowingly or unknowingly. And there are a few laws that are especially popular to break. News & World Report today, I talk about five of the most commonly violated employment laws. law + order

The EEOC’s $2 Million Same Sex Workplace Decision


If you have been a reader of the blog for a while, you know my thoughts regarding being fired because you’re gay and transgenders in the workplace. Click here to visit Cornell University’s searchable database of recent employment law consent decrees. However, a couple of brave men did come forward, which is what has helped resolve the issues in this workplace.” ” Workplace Harassment Isn’t Just About Sex.

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Just The Facts About Workplace Social Media


I’m pretty passionate about social media in the workplace. Last week I flew to New York City to speak at Jeff Pulver’s BrandsConf and this week I’m traveling to San Diego where I’m speaking and training a group of employment law attorneys on social media and its place in the workplace. I’m captivated by infographics. They, in my mind are the preferred alternative to boring reports and bullet-filled craptastic powerpoint presentations.

Keeping Up with the Evolution of Technology in the Workplace #IHRIM2014


I gravitate toward seminars on employment law, leaves of absence and employee relations, and I must confess that I do not have much experience attending seminars and conferences on HR technology; therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to attend the IHRIM conference to expand my HR knowledge base.

Top 5 #Workplace & #HR Blogs of the Week – Editor’s Choice


Each week on Blogging4Jobs we put together our top 5 workplace blogs and articles of the week. And now, our top 5 workplace and HR blogs of the week. Philadelphia Now Requires Breastfeed Protection For Employees from The Employer Handbook. Philadelphia requires that employers allow for employees to use their break time or unpaid time to express milk. Called the lactation law I’m thankful for laws like these. HR Work top 5 workplace blogs

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Ep 44 – OSHA & the EEOC’s Take on Transgender in the Workplace


Episode 44: Talking About Transgenders in the Workplace with Mary Wright ( @hrgazette ). Mary Wright, employment law attorney walks us through the Occupational Health and Safety’s (OSHA) new best practices guide. We also talk about ways employers can handle an employee who makes them aware they are transitioning particularly how they can provide support, if the change qualifies under FMLA and how to annouce the transition to team members of the company.

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Listen Up! How to be a Good Listener in the Workplace


We spend lots of time learning the latest employment laws, improving our recruiting skills, drafting policies and providing employment data to management. But workplace problems are rarely simple, and there is not always a straightforward solution.

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Yes, it’s legal … queries from a combined 13 years of blogging about the workplace

Ask A Manager

Earlier this week, after the question here about whether it’s legal for your employer to make you clean up rat poo, Suzanne Lucas — Evil HR Lady — and I talked about how awesome it would be if we put together a book of all the fake employment laws that people think exist but actually don’t. It’s legal for employers to favor candidates with more recent experience than you have. It’s legal for your employer not to give raises.

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Petty Tyrant

Evil HR Lady

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Petty Tyrant So, Ive written about workplace bullies before. ( My HR Department Bullies Employees , Workplace Bullies , and Bully Boss.) Evil HR Lady Why am I evil? Well, Im not, but thats the perception of all of us in HR. Need to fire someone? Come to HR.

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Ep 100 – Frank Discussions About Sexual Harassment at Work & the Election


According to a 2008 study by the Association of Women in Action, 54% of the respondents reported to have experienced some form of workplace sexual harassment. One thing is for certain, sexual harassment in the workplace is real, it’s common and it’s time for business leaders and the public to address and call for change. The cases involving women are among about 130 employment cases in total with some dating back to the 1980s.

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Why Tweeting About Getting High Isn’t a Good Idea at Work


They had an interesting social media workplace scenario come up that I thought I would share with my readers and let you help decide. Or was this another discussion entirely surrounding professionalism with regard to workplace communication and email?

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Monday Morning Quarterback: Would You Fire this Southwest Pilot?

HR Capitalist

Just another thing you get paid to do in your career as a Human Resources, employment law, talent pool and workforce planning expert. Employee Relations Legal Affairs WorkplaceMost of you probably missed this one last week.

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The Boss’s Husband Is a Jerk. Can Getting Along with Him Be Required?

Evil HR Lady

Now the driver has been told that he will only continue to be employed there if he is nice to the husband. As a general rule, bosses can make whatever rules they want as long as those rules don’t violate the law. It’s pretty irrelevant whether or not he’s employed there or just hanging out–which is the case. As a result, if someone who isn’t an employee engages in behavior that violates the law, you are required to step in and protect your employees.

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The Importance Of A Happy Workforce

Career Realism

This is short term, and avoids the top reason for long term absence from the workplace – stress. Even in today’s employment marketplace, 72% of businesses are citing a lack of specialist skills as their main recruitment difficulty. career Workplace

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The Importance Of A Happy Workforce

Career Realism

This is short term, and avoids the top reason for long term absence from the workplace – stress. Even in today’s employment marketplace, 72% of businesses are citing a lack of specialist skills as their main recruitment difficulty. Workplace career

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TOO GOOD NOT TO SHARE: Jon Hyman and the EMPLOYER Bill of Rights.

HR Capitalist

Jon Hyman at the Ohio Employer's Law Blog recently came across some opinion that suggested employees really don't have enough rights in America. He listed 15 huge classifications of laws that have been passed over the past 50 years protecting employees, then he went bat shit crazy on the author by riffing an EMPLOYER'S BILL OF RIGHTS. Go to his blog and subscribe now - one of the best in a crowded employment law blog space.

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Managers & FLSA Laws Stifling Work Flex Adoption


While workplace flexibility options like telecommuting, work flex, and flexible schedule options by employers are on the rise, only a small percentage of employees have access to such benefits. Work Flex time offered by 77 percent of workplaces (up from 66 percent in 2005).

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7 Human Resources Competencies For the Modern HR Professional


Their list of competencies included four HR specific competencies which are 1) people, 2) Organization, 3) Workplace and 4) Strategy. We must set the bar when it comes to ethical behaviors and creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace culture and environment.

With the Government Shut Down, It’s Employers Gone Wild


Employers, today is officially your get out of jail free. List of US Agencies Impacting Employers During Government Shut Down. This group oversees HR and workplace topics like worker’s compensation and the OFCCP.

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The Internet Equalizer — The Smart Phone


Last week in my guest post over at Social Media Explorer I expressed my frustration with Employment Law Attorneys when it comes to social media, but it doesn’t stop there.

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Episode 11 – HR for Small Business with Stephanie Hammerwold


The Workology Podcast is a place where we discuss the science and art of the workplace. Approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month (but more employer businesses shut down then start up each month) with 7 out of 10 businesses failing to make it past the 2 year mark. On today’s Workology Podcast I talked with Stephanie Hammerwold, an HR consultant who works with small businesses helping to navigate workplace compliance, HR and employment law.

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Hiring Discrimination Against Tattoos And Piercings

Career Realism

She asked me if I thought his tattoo might be hurting his chances of employment. Although tattoos and body piercings are becoming more mainstream, there are still many traditional workplaces that favor a more conservative look.

Discrimination, Contracts, & Compliance, Oh My! #ELBC is Here!


This week Blogging4Jobs has the pleasure of hosting the Employment Law Blog Carnival. Discrimination in the workplace, contract law, and keeping compliant are the choice topics for legal bloggers during this time of year. The purple nurple was a topic of conversation in a federal appellate court earlier this month with a man’s alleged behavior in a nipple twist in the workplace. What we don’t hear is the effect it’ll have on employers.

“Can I be sued for poaching an employee from my former employer?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

I know of a colleague who works for my former employer, who would be a most favourable addition to my team. Might I be sued for poaching an employee from my former employer? Answer: Dear Brijesh: I am not entirely familiar with English law on this subject, but arranged to have a colleague in London review my thoughts, which I am told are applicable in the UK, just as they are in the U.S. English employment law and U.S. Workplace-Related Document Confusing?

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EEOC is reconsidering their policy regarding Criminal Background.


Striking the Balance Between Workplace Fairness and Workplace Safety. WASHINGTON -- Employers often refuse to hire people with arrest and conviction records even years after they have completed their sentences, leading to recidivism and higher social services costs, experts told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at a meeting today at agency headquarters. . Such “collateral consequences” reach into many areas of employment. Be our Friend.

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