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Employee Handbooks 101

Posted by - November 9, 2018
Do’s and Don’ts for Every Employer Many employers use an employee handbook to communicate workplace policies to the workforce. Employers should, however, be aware of the measure of risk in drafting and distributing handbook policies that are poorly written or not compliant with applicable federal, state or local law. Melissa…
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From the FCPA to #MeToo

Posted by - November 7, 2018
How Sexual Harassment is Changing American Compliance Corporate compliance has been around for decades – sexual harassment for much, much longer. Why the sudden paradigm shift from just awareness and acceptance to mandated compliance? The #MeToo movement sprung up as a grassroots movement nurtured in the current fertile soil of…
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Dump the Toxic Culture

Posted by - October 10, 2018
Making Your Workplace a Harassment-Free Zone Too many workplaces have allowed sexual harassment to continue unchecked for years. In some cases, company executives have been the worst perpetrators of these toxic cultures. Companies that fail to take notice and make changes have set themselves up for internal upheaval and legal…
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Beyond Anti-Harassment Training

Posted by - October 9, 2018
A Holistic Approach to Addressing Harassment As cultural movements continue to raise awareness about misconduct, compliance and ethics programs are putting more power behind training their employees on how to identify and report harassment in the workplace. Despite this increased emphasis, less than half of employees who observed harassment reported…
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Maternal Walls and Glass Ceilings in the #MeToo Era

Posted by - August 10, 2018
Sexual Harassment and Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace Over the past several months, the reality that sex discrimination in employment – in particular, sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination – remains rampant has taken center stage in public discourse. This article discusses the cultural and legal implications of the sharp disconnect…
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Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Posted by - July 27, 2018
Overcoming Prejudice Through Compliance Training Employers need to remain proactive to ensure there is no question when it comes to company/employee values, standards and behavior. Regardless of how open-minded we claim to be, the truth is that human nature, society and culture have meshed together to produce stereotyping and prejudices…
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New “ABC Test” Sends California Employers Reeling

Posted by - July 25, 2018
Applying the Standard for Independent Contractors California has adopted a new ABC test for determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor. This new multifactor test has sent shockwaves across employers statewide, and its tricky application has some reeling. Between the new test and…
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Tackling the Cannabis Conundrum

Posted by - July 11, 2018
What to Do When State and Federal Laws Disagree Nationwide, laws around marijuana are in flux, and employers struggle to develop appropriate policies. Individual state laws vary significantly, including who the law applies to, the quantity of marijuana permitted, who has access, how it may be obtained, liability protections and…
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Blockchain and a Decentralized Workforce

Posted by - June 28, 2018
What the Technology May Mean for HR How do you manage and pay your employees when they’re stationed all around the globe? With a decentralized workforce, you quickly find that extensive international regulatory red tape makes managing global employees difficult. How can can a company remain compliant in every jurisdiction…
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The Same Old Workplace Training Won’t Cut It

Posted by - June 21, 2018
Addressing Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era, Part 4 What has your organization done to ensure employees understand your commitment to a respectful, harassment-free workplace? How do you ensure leaders are sending the right messages? The fourth and final byline in our series will address those questions. with co-author Sadina Montani…
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The Supervisor’s Role in Wage and Hour Compliance

Posted by - April 27, 2018
Avoiding Steep DOL Penalties Wage and hour requirements are some of the most familiar employment laws known to employers, but that doesn’t mean compliance is easy. Employers can open themselves up to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor if they pay less than the applicable state minimum wage,…
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Navigating Harassment Claims

Posted by - April 11, 2018
How to Get to Win-Win Traditionally, HR compliance has involved ensuring that companies are operating in accordance with the alphabet soup of laws governing the employment relationship, including FLSA, OSHA, ERISA and the NLRA, among others. The most urgent issue, however, may be one where the role of HR is less clearly defined – HR’s role…
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