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How to Create a Substance Abuse Policy for Your Workplace
Creating a substance abuse policy does not have to be an overwhelming task to be outsourced. While it’s always wise to consult legal counsel before implementing company policies, including a short provision in the employee handbook often will suffice, such as: Employees are prohibited from unlawfully consuming, possessing or using controlled substances while on duty. […]
New York Implements Sexual Harassment Training Requirements
Beginning Oct. 9, employers in New York must implement sexual harassment policies and provide sexual harassment training to all employees. Employers must have their workforce trained by Oct. 9, 2019, using either the model training released by the state or by other means that meet the minimum standards requiring training to be interactive and include: […]
Toke and Type: Employee’s Recreational Marijuana Use
More than half of the United States have legalized either medical or recreational marijuana use, which can strain employers as they try to keep their company policies up to date. Questions run the gamut. Can employers refuse to hire an applicant if they fail a drug test? Must the employer accommodate an employee’s request to […]
What to Do When a Union Employee Reports Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment in the workplace continues to be a hot topic. Employers across the country are reviewing their policies and procedures in order to ensure they are not the target of a large harassment complaint. So far, we have covered sexual harassment policies, anonymous reporting, training recommendations for your workforce and independent contractors, and even […]
How Employers Can Look to California as a Trendsetter
It seems that every year, California imposes another piece of legislation upon employers that hasn’t even been considered in any other state, let alone passed, and many California cities have their own set of complex ordinances. However, instead of thinking as California as an island or an anomaly, savvy business professionals should take a moment […]
What Substance Abuse in the Workplace Costs Employers
Of the estimated 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs, 70% of them are employed, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Therefore, odds are your company employs workers who fall into this group. The use of drugs or alcohol by employees inside or outside the office can be costly for a business, leading to: […]
California ‘Ban the Box’ Law to Take Effect Jan. 1
Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 (AB 1008), placing new restrictions on employers’ ability to make hiring decisions based on applicants’ criminal history. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, AB 1008 also limits when employers may ask applicants about that history. Prior to this legislation, “ban the box” protections only prohibited state and […]
California Expands Harassment Training Requirements
On Oct. 15, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 396 into law, requiring California employers with 50 or more employees to provide managers with interactive training on sexual harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. This training expands the currently mandated manager training on sexual harassment and abusive conduct. The California […]
2 Types of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
With all the recent headlines regarding sexual harassment, companies may want to take a fresh look at their anti-harassment policies. The best weapon against harassment in the workplace is preventing the conduct. Requiring all employees to complete anti-harassment training can educate employees on what constitutes harassment and the contents of the company’s policy. What is […]
Trump Announces 2 Changes to ACA
Update 10/18/2017 – On October 17, Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray announced a tentative bipartisan deal to help stabilize the ACA Marketplaces and potentially fund Cost Sharing Reduction payments for two years. The bill must pass both the Senate and the House before it becomes effective, and would also require President Trump’s signature. On […]
EEO-1 Pay Data Requirements on Indefinite Hold
The EEO-1 report is changing once again. Recently, the new pay data and hours worked requirements announced last year were suspended indefinitely by the Office of Information Regulatory Affairs. While employers will report Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) information in a familiar format, they need to be aware of key date changes. 3 important changes The […]
New Form I-9 Released. Again.
On July 17, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, which is used to verify identity and employment authorization of workers and corresponding reference documents. Didn’t USCIS just release a new I-9? This is the second revision USCIS has made to the I-9 in less than a year; […]