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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 Steps to Prevent Unconscious Bias in the Interview Process
You do it. I do it. We all do it. No, I’m not talking about converting oxygen into carbon dioxide – although you may need to take a deep breath before reading further. I’m talking about that unquestionably human habit of prejudging someone or something, whether in a positive or negative light. That little prejudge […]
3 Protected Characteristics for a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce
Is your company doing everything it can to safeguard itself from complaints and court filings regarding illegal discrimination during the hiring process? To protect candidates against discriminatory hiring decisions, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has strict regulations regarding six characteristics. While it’s important for employers to know how to comply with all six […]
2 Questions You Never Should Ask a Job Candidate … and What You Should Ask Instead
We’ve all heard the popular saying, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” While that adage may remain open for debate, there is such a thing as a poorly worded question, which can pose a big problem for employers interviewing prospective employees. Whether used to build rapport or vet a candidate’s ability to meet […]
4 Steps Toward Training Your Workforce on Sexual Harassment Prevention
Allegations of sexual harassment dominated the news at the end of 2017 and has continued into 2018; has your business made taken necessary steps to mitigate exposure and create a safe environment? You can do so by properly training your employees. Start by following these four steps. 1. Build awareness and communication A problem can’t […]
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 […]
Staying Compliant After the Death of an Employee
When an employee passes away, you need time to process your emotions. But as an HR professional, there are also timely actions you should take to help your workforce grieve, and a few things you’ll need to address to remain compliant. While the death of an employee is never easy, it’s important to ensure any […]
Understanding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) being signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22, 2017, several changes to individual and business taxation were made. How those changes affect each taxpayer depends on that individual’s specific situation. Below is a “big-picture” overview of various provisions affecting businesses and individuals, with more […]
ACA ‘Cadillac Tax’ Delayed to 2022
The short-term spending bill that ended the government shutdown on Jan. 22 included a small provision that again delayed the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “Cadillac tax,” now to 2022. So nicknamed because it targets employer-sponsored health plans with the most generous level of benefits, the Cadillac tax originally was to take effect in 2018. In […]
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: […]
Employer Deadline Extended for Furnishing 2017 ACA Forms
Distribution of 2017 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Forms 1095-B or -C to your employees has been extended. As issued in Notice 2018-06, the IRS has extended the deadline from Jan. 31 to March 2. (However, the deadline to provide Forms W-2 and 1099 to employees and contract workers remains as Jan. 31.) Filing deadlines unchanged […]
Employers Unaffected by ACA Changes in New Tax Law
On December 22, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The bill includes a provision that reduces the penalty for not complying with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate to $0, effectively removing the penalty for individuals who do not have health insurance coverage after the effective date of Jan. 1, 2019. […]