Category: Workplace

7 Important Items & Laws Employers Should Know Going into 2019

State and local officials were quite busy in 2018, especially when it came to employee-related laws. There were changes in 27 states and several important municipalities that affect employers of all sizes. There are caveats to many of these laws so employers should make sure to take note about which laws apply to their organizations.

New York State Proposes Harassment Prevention Plan

New York state recently released a proposed model sexual harassment policy and a proposed model training program that can be used to comply with New York Labor Law Section 201-g, which requires that all employers either (i) use the model forms, or (ii) establish a policy and training program that meet the state’s minimum requirements.

What Steps Can an Employer Take to Prevent EEOC Charges?

You may already know that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), is an agency of the federal government, created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), for purposes of interpreting and enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination.  Federal laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against any applicant and/or employee based on race, color, religion,

Unemployment Insurance, Who Decides?

Who makes the decision on whether a person is eligible to collect unemployment insurance? Well, many workers believe that it is an “earned benefit,” and that as an employee they’ve “paid into the system” via payroll taxes. This leads to the common misunderstanding that anyone who is unemployed, regardless of the reason, is therefore “entitled”

How to Prevent Claims for Workplace Retaliation

Every company wants to offer a safe and productive environment conducive to optimal performance. Thus, every employer should provide a workplace where the environment enables employees to perform their best work. As defined under federal and state laws, all job applicants and employees have the right to work free from discrimination based on age, disability, national origin,

Are You Paying Your Summer Interns Correctly?

If it’s summer, it’s not only a needed break for students but a time for them to earn real-life work experience and learn more about the world awaiting them after their studies are complete. As an employer, there are many things to keep in mind if you are bringing on interns into your organization. The

How a Progressive Discipline Policy Impacts Unemployment Cost Management

Having a progressive discipline policy in place (and following it consistently) has a significant impact on your success rate in protesting unemployment claims. A progressive discipline procedure or policy outlines exactly how unacceptable performance or conduct is addressed – all the way up to the point of termination. We know every state has a set

California Employment Law – Top Five New State Laws in 2018

Employment Law in California is forever growing. California Governor Jerry Brown signed several significant employment bills that took effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and many employers throughout California need to update their policies and practices accordingly. Here are the top five new California employment laws. A.B. 168: Salary history inquiries No longer able to ask

He Said/She Said – Seven Steps to Investigating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

He Said/She Said – Seven Steps to Investigating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Sexual harassment has been at the forefront of our society the past year. As a business owner, it is important to understand how this sensitive subject can affect you and your business. Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances within