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Workplace Civility: The Policy You Don’t Need … Until You Really Need It
Use your words. Say “please” and “thank you.” Clean up after yourself. The simplest rules – the ones you teach your kids, or the ones you remember from elementary school – often aren’t posted in any workplace. Usually, nobody needs the reminder. Unfortunately, all it takes is one horror story to demonstrate the importance of […]
Setting the Standard: Understanding Joint-Employer Changes
If your company uses third-party labor or operates under a franchise model, the recently proposed joint-employer rule could have a significant impact on your business practices. Not sure how? You’re not alone. You can get the full details of how we got here in this blog post, but in short, this new rule would overturn […]
NLRB Proposes New Joint Employer Rule
Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) intended to clarify what constitutes a joint-employer relationship between two businesses. The proposed rule The rule essentially would replace the current Browning-Ferris standard in determining joint-employer relationships. This directly affects businesses that rely on third-party, contracted labor and those with a […]
Can Sexual Harassment Occur After-Hours?
If sexual harassment occurs during happy hour, are you still liable as an employer? After all, employees are off-site and on their own time. And you’re not making their drinks! While happy hour – or any after-hours interaction, for that matter – may not look like a work environment, courts may view it as an […]
How to Build a Harassment-Free Workplace Culture
Sexual harassment quickly can deteriorate – and even derail – any organization, making anti-harassment training vital. However, most companies address the issue with employees by pushing training that is routine, which is often ineffective on its own. Effective prevention of harassment in the workplace starts with creating a culture that identifies and rejects unacceptable behaviors. […]
3 Things Employers Should Know About Wage Garnishments
Millions of Americans’ wages are garnished every year, meaning most employers have processed at least one wage garnishment. Creditors and financial institutions now use wage garnishments to collect on everything from medical bills to consumer debt. Debt collectors, creditors and debt buyers file numerous consumer credit lawsuits annually in almost every state. Just as the number of […]
NEW OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires many organizations with 11 or more employees to document serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Under a new rule, many employers must not only record injuries and illnesses, but also submit information electronically to OSHA. The new rule took effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Who Is Affected and […]