Category Archives: Employment Laws

Managing Difficult Employees, Part1: Understanding the Issues

Managing Difficult Employees, Part1: Understanding the Issues

Harmony in the workplace can sometimes seem like an unachievable utopia. A competitive global business environment, demanding productivity deadlines, multicultural communication issues, and diverse personalities can all combine to create a potentially stressful and difficult work environment. Amidst all these contributing dynamics, one factor stands out as a key challenge working towards creating a positive [&hellip


Free HR Webinar: Conflict Resolution

Free HR Webinar: Conflict Resolution

Registration is now open for our monthly webinar series. The October topic:  Conflict Resolution.   Conflict at work is an inevitable truth. At times, it may be healthy and creative. However, more often than not, conflict is disruptive and blocks the ability of individuals and teams to work together.  A key management skill is knowing [&hellip


California’s Newest Employment Law: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for all Workers

California’s Newest Employment Law: Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for all Workers

Big news came out of Sacramento yesterday as California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1522 into law. AB 1522, also known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, requires all California-based employers to provide employees with up to three days of paid sick leave per year, beginning on July 1, 2015. The [&hellip


38 Ways to Create a Positive – and Union-Free – Workplace

38 Ways to Create a Positive – and Union-Free – Workplace

In our prior posts, we covered the history of unions, the trouble organized labor can have in the workplace, and the negative influence they can have on your employees. In this, our final post of the series, we turn to the brighter-side of business. What can you do to create a happy, positive work-environment that will [&hellip


Unions in the Workplace, Part 2: Is Your Business Vulnerable?

Unions in the Workplace, Part 2: Is Your Business Vulnerable?

In our last post we briefly reviewed the history of organized labor and the impact unions can have on a business. In this article, our second of a three-part series, we discuss the underlying vulnerability and fear of unions expressed by many employers: the recognition that an atmosphere of discontent amongst their employees may lead [&hellip


Labor Union Challenges, Part 1

Labor Union Challenges, Part 1

Unions and unionization are terms that evoke images of striking employees, picket lines and contract negotiations, sending ripples of fear through management. While unions served an important role in the past, today they are big business. And as is true with all big businesses, there is always a push to increase market share, despite damage [&hellip


4 Steps to Combat Workplace Discrimination

4 Steps to Combat Workplace Discrimination

Despite years of educational campaigns, new laws and government enforcement, workplace discrimination litigation is still hovering at historical highs. The U.S. Employment Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) maintains detailed litigation data in its “Charge Statistics” report, which is released annually. In 2013, the EEOC recorded 93,272 discrimination charges brought against employers. The good news is that this [&hellip


Workplace Communication Part 2: Best Practices

Workplace Communication Part 2: Best Practices

In our last post,  we discussed the importance of being an effective communicator, basic communication principles and the benefits of good communication in the workplace. In this post, we delve into more communication best-practices. Be objective and factual Unfortunately, people today use language in a sloppy way.  They say what they mean rather than taking [&hellip


Record Keeping Best Practices – A Quick Guide

Record Keeping Best Practices – A Quick Guide

Accurate record keeping plays an important role in every company. At the least, employers can be more effective managing human resources policies. At the most, it can protect an employer from potential lawsuits, fines and penalties. Here is a quick review of the 8 most important documents – what they are and for how long they [&hellip


Anti-Harassment Training, Part 2

Anti-Harassment Training, Part 2

In our last post, we provided an overview of California’s Sexual Anti-Harassment Training requirements under AB 1825. In this post, we talk about the timing and scheduling requirements of this training. New Hires All newly hired or promoted supervisors and managers must receive anti-harassment training within six months of assuming their new responsibilities.  Beyond this [&hellip


Sexual Harassment Training: More than just a good idea

Sexual Harassment Training: More than just a good idea

Stories of sexual harassment, assault and general misconduct have made their way to the top of the news headlines in recent weeks. Major stories have broken on the topic: dozens of universities across the country are being scrutinized over their sexual harassment policies, a highly publicized same-sex lawsuit is moving its way up through the [&hellip


3 More California Labor Law Changes in 2014

3 More California Labor Law Changes in 2014

California labor and employment laws are constantly evolving and this year is no exception.  For employers, being up-to-date on these changes is vital.  Non-compliance with California’s new employment statutes may result in disgruntled employees at the least, or penalties and lawsuits at the worst.  Below are changes to three laws that are in effect this [&hellip


More Minimum Wage Increases on the Horizon

More Minimum Wage Increases on the Horizon

2014 brings a new Congressional election season, and it appears the Federal Minimum Wage will be at the center of the political debate. Since the inception of the FSLA in 1938 under President Roosevelt, it has been debated whether the enforcement of a fair “living wage” should outweigh the negative effects such an enforcement might [&hellip


Playing Politics with Overtime Pay

Playing Politics with Overtime Pay

The human resources and employment world has been abuzz with the latest labor news coming out of Washington. President Obama recently signed a presidential memorandum directing the Department of Labor to revamp its overtime regulations which would expand the number of salary-exempt employees that would qualify for overtime pay. The move comes as no surprise [&hellip


Employee with Crying Spells after Daughter’s Sexual Assault Has Viable FMLA Claim

Employee with Crying Spells after Daughter’s Sexual Assault Has Viable FMLA Claim

(This guest post by Jeff Nowak, originally appeared on the FMLA Insights Blog and can be found here.)


Upcoming Webinar: Effective Employee Orientations

Upcoming Webinar: Effective Employee Orientations

On March 7, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its monthly Employment Statistics Highlights report for the month of February 2014 with some solid economic news: non-farm payroll employment increased by 175,000 jobs in February. That’s up from 129,000 in January, and only 84,000 in December 2013. The top hiring industry was professional and business [&hellip


COMMON MANAGEMENT “DON’TS” TO AVOID AN EMPLOYEE LAWSUIT

COMMON MANAGEMENT “DON’TS” TO AVOID AN EMPLOYEE LAWSUIT

Managers act as the front-line between Executives and their employees. They are tasked with not only ‘getting the job done’, but are also expected to motivate their employees, act as role models for their staff, promote a positive work environment, and transmit the vision and mission of the organization. And all the while, they are [&hellip


California Employment Law Webinar: Updates and Changes for 2014

California Employment Law Webinar: Updates and Changes for 2014

2014 brings new laws and requirements for California employers. It is important for California-based businesses to understand how to comply with these new requirements. In order to help protect employers against liability, we are proud to be presenting a COMPLIMENTARY webinar next Thursday, February 27: California Employment Law: Updates and Changes for 2014. This webinar [&hellip


Winter Season Wreaks Havoc on the Roads … and in the Workplace

Winter Season Wreaks Havoc on the Roads … and in the Workplace

With the East Coast battling  its third major blizzard this winter season, the snow and ice are not only wreaking havoc on the roads and airports. Confusion abounds in the workplace as employers face numerous questions regarding employee pay, time-off and telecommuting. For example: Do employers still have to pay employees if they are closed [&hellip


Terminating an “At-Will” Employee: A Free Ride or Potential Time Bomb?

Terminating an “At-Will” Employee: A Free Ride or Potential Time Bomb?

According to the letter-of- the-law, an “at-will” employee may be terminated at any time without reason or notice. However, an at-will employment relationship does not give a manager permission to fire an individual illegally or to breach an employment contract. Nor does it protect a company from a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a disgruntled [&hellip