Why Is Understanding Employment Law So Important?
MAY 24, 2011
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
Preparing for Employment Law Changes
MAY 4, 2015
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.
The Pop Culture Employment Law Blog Carnival
JANUARY 16, 2013
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
AUGUST 19, 2015
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
JULY 18, 2011
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
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
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.
NY Domestic Violence Suit has Implications for Employers
NOVEMBER 19, 2015
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.
Workplace Social Media CYA
NOVEMBER 28, 2011
Employment law attorneys and corporate counsel have advised senior leaders and HR against allowing employees to have access to the internet as well as social media at work. There is no such thing as CYA in the workplace and especially social media.
HR and Workplace Guide Tackling Employee Conversations That Stink
APRIL 26, 2016
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.
Just The Facts About Workplace Social Media
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
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.
5 workplace laws your employer might be violating
Ask A Manager
FEBRUARY 1, 2016
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
Age Discrimination — When Everyone is a Protected Class
MAY 16, 2011
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 Best Practices: Going Beyond Minimum Requirements
JUNE 29, 2015
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
Part 5 – The Era of Corporate Social Media Discrimination
OCTOBER 2, 2011
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.
Yes, it’s legal … queries from a combined 13 years of blogging about the workplace
Ask A Manager
OCTOBER 25, 2013
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.
Keeping Up with the Evolution of Technology in the Workplace #IHRIM2014
JUNE 4, 2014
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.
Lifeguard Lessons: When to Break the Rules
JULY 15, 2012
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?
Listen Up! How to be a Good Listener in the Workplace
NOVEMBER 27, 2013
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.
your workplace holiday disasters
Ask A Manager
DECEMBER 25, 2016
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.
Ep 44 – OSHA & the EEOC’s Take on Transgender in the Workplace
JULY 8, 2015
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.
The EEOC’s $2 Million Same Sex Workplace Decision
APRIL 29, 2014
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.
The Importance Of A Happy Workforce
MARCH 18, 2013
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
Top 5 #Workplace & #HR Blogs of the Week – Editor’s Choice
SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
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
Friday Five: What Will Trump Do First?
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
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
Ep 100 – Frank Discussions About Sexual Harassment at Work & the Election
OCTOBER 19, 2016
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.
Hiring Discrimination Against Tattoos And Piercings
FEBRUARY 14, 2013
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.
7 Human Resources Competencies For the Modern HR Professional
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
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.
Managers & FLSA Laws Stifling Work Flex Adoption
JUNE 15, 2012
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).
TOO GOOD NOT TO SHARE: Jon Hyman and the EMPLOYER Bill of Rights.
OCTOBER 25, 2011
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.
Evil HR Lady
NOVEMBER 23, 2010
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.
Why Tweeting About Getting High Isn’t a Good Idea at Work
NOVEMBER 16, 2011
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?
Discrimination, Contracts, & Compliance, Oh My! #ELBC is Here!
DECEMBER 17, 2014
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.
Paying Attention to Anthropologists May Be Important to HR
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
To many people this means paying attention to business news, perhaps some economic news, what is happening with demographics and employment law cases. All of these things will change the nature of how people will want, nay demand, to be treated in the workplace.
How Unions Are Skewing FLSA Changes to Win Organizing Campaigns
OCTOBER 27, 2015
Join me 10/29 at 12 PM CST to talk about a workplace communication strategy for 2016 FLSA changes by registering here. Overtime Laws and FLSA 2016 Changes. Overtime laws and exempt level time off are already one of the most popular topics on Blogging4Jobs from employees.
Monday Morning Quarterback: Would You Fire this Southwest Pilot?
JUNE 27, 2011
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.
The Top 10 Workology Podcast Episodes for HR and Recruitment Practitioners
AUGUST 10, 2016
I launched my Workology Podcast designed as a place for senior HR and recruitment leaders to discuss the art and science of the workplace, HR and recruitment. It sets the tone and standard for the rest of the employee and employer relationship.
know your rights, and pronounce your name
Ask A Manager
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
If you’re interested in workplace rights, you need this book. Employment lawyer Donna Ballman — who you may recall has been nice enough to answer questions about employment law here from time to time — has just published a new book — Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired. This is a thorough, reader-friendly guide to your rights at work and how to handle it when an employer isn’t following the law.
The Internet Equalizer — The Smart Phone
AUGUST 3, 2011
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.
If You Have Humans, You Need Human Resources
APRIL 26, 2016
In turn, the securities those older employers maintained—eight-hour days, parental protections, and incremental pay raises, for example—often disintegrate.” Is it time to talk about the end of/death of/extermination with prejudice of HR again? Oh great!
The Basics of Labor Relations #hrbasics
JULY 1, 2014
Blogging4Jobs is bringing you a special two-week series on basics in the workplace. There are articles about labor law, the NLRB, the current alt labor situations, working in a unionized environment and a lot of information for those working in organizations without a labor unions.