Employee Handbooks Revisited: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

I read an article today where the author was talking about the Top Five Small Business Trends to Monitor in 2019. The fifth trend was Consistent And Transparent Employee Communication. The “I have found creating an up-to-date employee handbook that is readily accessible will benefit both upper management and employees.” I agree! I wrote this post on …

Read moreEmployee Handbooks Revisited: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

Two Compliance Issues every HR professional should know and teach to managers

I have come across a number of “must-know” lists in the past couple of weeks. Perhaps this is an artifact of the time of year, getting a fresh start phenomenon. As a result, I decided to do my own list. These are the things that I think all good professionals must know. Anti-discrimination Most of …

Read moreTwo Compliance Issues every HR professional should know and teach to managers

A change of administration has not meant a slow-down at the EEOC

I pay attention to the press releases put out by the EEOC, in order to see what they are up to. I often use them as inspiration for blog posts. There seems to have been an uptick in lawsuits they are filing against companies. I am not sure of the reason. Perhaps it is because …

Read moreA change of administration has not meant a slow-down at the EEOC

Being Dumb is better than being bad: A Wage Theft Follow-Up

On the 26th I wrote a post about wage theft, imploring employers not to do things that could be perceived as “wage theft” by their employees or by a court which might hear the case later. I did say that I thought that most cases of wage theft were caused by a lack of knowledge …

Read moreBeing Dumb is better than being bad: A Wage Theft Follow-Up

Podcast of We Are Only Human by Ben Eubanks and featuring Mike Haberman

I did an interview with Ben Eubanks called Can I Focus on Compliance and Still be a good Employer. It was part of his We Are Only Human podcast series and I was honored he asked me to appear. For those of you who have never heard me speak, here is your chance. The podcast is …

Read morePodcast of We Are Only Human by Ben Eubanks and featuring Mike Haberman

There is a new I-9 form and you had better start using it!

There are a number of changes the Trump administration is making that might make it slightly easier on employers. Changes in the wage and hour laws and rules revisions in OSHA safety regulations are just two of the ways that the new administration will be easier on employers. However, immigration is NOT going to be …

Read moreThere is a new I-9 form and you had better start using it!

The “New” DOL working toward being balanced toward employees and employers

Prior to 2010 the U.S. Department of Labor served both the employees of the country by suing employers engaging in incorrect practices and employers by offering interpretations of the law regarding the employers situations. In 2010 the DOL, under the Obama administration, ceased these opinion letters in favor of broad administrative statements. The also increased …

Read moreThe “New” DOL working toward being balanced toward employees and employers

How HR Leaders Can Promote Better Workplace Safety

This post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org. I am a big believer in having a culture of saftey and HR can play a big role in that. This June, Wisconsin-based employer Ashley Furniture Industries reached a $1.75 million settlement with the Department of Labor that requires the company to improve workplace …

Read moreHow HR Leaders Can Promote Better Workplace Safety

The ADA and Entrepreneurial start-ups

I know that many start-ups don’t consider human resources related laws when they are getting started. They focus on getting their product or service up and running, whether they have the suppliers they need and of course the potential market. If they consider HR at all it is in the realm of payroll. Most federal …

Read moreThe ADA and Entrepreneurial start-ups

The price of HR compliance goes up again!

I mentioned the other day that OSHA was increasing the amount they could now fine you. Well their partner in the Department of Labor decided that was a good idea and jumped on the bandwagon! Effective August 1, 2016 The DOL’s so called Interim Final Rule will take effect on August 1, 2016.  The adjusted …

Read moreThe price of HR compliance goes up again!

Pin It on Pinterest