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5-Step Plan To Address Growing Sexual Harassment Concerns

For several months now, it seems that each new day has brought about a fresh round of reporting on yet another high-profile sexual harassment accusation. What started in October with substantiated allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein has blossomed into dozens of claims against Hollywood executives, actors, comedians, politicians, media personalities, and corporate executives. The ...
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Radical Candor in the Workplace: How “Being Nice” To Employees May Place You In Legal Jeopardy

Is honesty really the best policy at the workplace? Some employers believe that a few little white lies might help them avoid uncomfortable situations and confrontations. It’s common for some to spare an employee’s feelings during performance reviews for fear of upsetting the employee or being accused of treating them differently from others. Many employers ...
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Walking The E-Verify Tightrope: The Balance Between Compliance And Avoiding Discrimination Claims

Here’s the skinny: the Trump administration wants to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers. The electronic database that immediately confirms an individual’s eligibility to work in the United States has been promoted as a necessary step in the ramp-up to heightened immigration enforcement, which is a major focus of the new administration. President Trump’s first ...
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It’s Time for Employers to Go to the Next Level In Preventing Workplace Violence

I recently met with an international company which has armed security responders at some facilities, guards at others, and nothing at public establishments among its diverse operations. We talked about protecting lone employees working at customers’ sites or alone at late hours, as well as how to protect employees working in situations where police are ...
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OSHA’s Recordkeeping Posting Required on February 1: Are You Ready?

OSHA’s recordkeeping standard requires all non-exempt employers to post their 300A Summaries for each establishment for three (3) months starting February 1. OSHA reviewed its standard on occupational injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirement and the revisions became effective on January 1, 2015. The revised rule on recordkeeping dramatically increased employers’ reporting requirements. In ...
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Employers Reminded Of Workplace Violence Dangers

A new case on workplace violence in Missouri demonstrates the practical and legal challenges many employers face in today’s environment. The case shows the risk extends beyond violence by employees to violence by nonemployees – particularly in situations involving domestic abuse. Background: Employee Assigns Partial Blame For Tragedy On EmployerThe facts of the case are ...
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Would You Drop to the Floor If Shooting Broke Out In Your Workplace?

With depressing regularity, we receive calls asking for guidance in evaluating and responding to potential workplace violence threats.  The threats are rarely serious but in this era, one can never ignore concerns.  There are no easy formulas to determine if a threat is genuine.  If you review the factors that may indicate that someone is ...
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Tattoos, Haircuts, and Head Coverings

There is no legal requirement that an employer adopt a dress or appearance policy, but many restaurant and hospitality employers are looking to create (or maintain) a certain image. For good business reasons, hospitality employers adopt policies regulating dress and appearance in their workplaces. Employers may not only dictate uniform requirements, but they may expect a certain style and ...
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