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How to Create a Substance Abuse Policy for Your Workplace
Creating a substance abuse policy does not have to be an overwhelming task to be outsourced. While it’s always wise to consult legal counsel before implementing company policies, including a short provision in the employee handbook often will suffice, such as: Employees are prohibited from unlawfully consuming, possessing or using controlled substances while on duty. […]
New York Implements Sexual Harassment Training Requirements
Beginning Oct. 9, employers in New York must implement sexual harassment policies and provide sexual harassment training to all employees. Employers must have their workforce trained by Oct. 9, 2019, using either the model training released by the state or by other means that meet the minimum standards requiring training to be interactive and include: […]
3 Ways FMLA May Change Drastically
Tired of your employees sneaking out early to watch their son’s after-school football scrimmage? Wondering how as an engaging manager you could possibly let your employees fit in a nursing home visit that doesn’t overlap with your team outing? Worried about how you’ll be able to allow your star employee to care for the uncle […]
Setting the Standard: Understanding Joint-Employer Changes
If your company uses third-party labor or operates under a franchise model, the recently proposed joint-employer rule could have a significant impact on your business practices. Not sure how? You’re not alone. You can get the full details of how we got here in this blog post, but in short, this new rule would overturn […]
Potential for Mandated E-Verify for All Employers
In July, a new bipartisan bill, the AG and Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 6417), was introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. The bill is intended to address two main topics: illegal immigration and the need for a workable agricultural guest-worker program. If passed, this bill would replace the current H-2A agricultural guest worker program […]
NLRB Proposes New Joint Employer Rule
Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) intended to clarify what constitutes a joint-employer relationship between two businesses. The proposed rule The rule essentially would replace the current Browning-Ferris standard in determining joint-employer relationships. This directly affects businesses that rely on third-party, contracted labor and those with a […]
The Cans and Can’ts of ADA
According the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent data, over 10% of people under 65 have a disability. With that in mind, it’s rare a company or team doesn’t include an individual with a disability. Are you confident you’re meeting the needs of your employees? ADA in a nutshell The ADA, above all, prohibits discrimination against […]
Volunteers: To Train or Not to Train on Anti-Harassment?
Sexual harassment training is one of the most important and effective measures employers can take in preventing the legal risks associated with sexual harassment claims. Currently, some states have state-mandated sexual harassment training requirements for private-sector employers, and many states require such training in the government sector. These requirements may raise questions about who should […]
Why Sexual Harassment Claims in the Restaurant Industry Are Often Overlooked
Stories of sexual harassment in industries such as media and tech have captured news attention for the past several months, and for good reason. According to a recent survey conducted by a nonprofit called Stop Street Harassment, 81% of women and 43% of men surveyed noted experiencing some form of sexual harassment during their lifetime. […]
Toke and Type: Employee’s Recreational Marijuana Use
More than half of the United States have legalized either medical or recreational marijuana use, which can strain employers as they try to keep their company policies up to date. Questions run the gamut. Can employers refuse to hire an applicant if they fail a drug test? Must the employer accommodate an employee’s request to […]
Can Sexual Harassment Occur After-Hours?
If sexual harassment occurs during happy hour, are you still liable as an employer? After all, employees are off-site and on their own time. And you’re not making their drinks! While happy hour – or any after-hours interaction, for that matter – may not look like a work environment, courts may view it as an […]
From Risk to Asset: Training Restaurant Managers in the Era of #MeToo
Sexual harassment in the restaurant industry is prevalent. It occurs between customers and employees, co-workers, and managers and employees. And although those dynamics happen between many people, in each scenario, one person can help reduce the risk harassment poses to your people and your business: the restaurant manager. The manager, in terms of authority, often […]