Guarding against retaliation is a much more active process now!

In an August 29, 2016 press release the EEOC announced it final enforcement guidance on how retaliation is to be handles. As they announced retaliation is the most frequent claim of discrimination and exceeds 45% of claims of discrimination. As one of the three documents produced states “Federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws prohibit employers, …

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Do your confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements violate Federal law?

Most companies try to protect proprietary information by having employees sign confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. Unfortunately in the eyes of various regulatory agencies these agreements are considered to be too restrictive and violate various aspects of federal law. Violated provisions According to attorney Andrew Trimble of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, there are three …

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Can you keep your HR lady from moonlighting as an exotic dancer?

At Christmas time, or for that matter anytime, employees often take on second jobs to supplement their income.  Known as “moonlighting” these are often part time or seasonal jobs. The question often becomes can I, the employer, prohibit my employees from working a second job. Naturally the answer is “it depends”, so let’s explore that …

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Clearing up Sexual Harassment

  With the antics of San Diego mayor Bob Filner being broadcast almost daily on the national news sexual harassment has become a hot topic once again. Not that it needed any additional publicity. Celebrities get occasional mention with an accusation of someone being harassed at this party or that. Unfortunately this often confuses the …

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Should Smokers be a Protected Category?

  I am writing a contrarian opinion to my own personal point of view. I personally think that employers should be allowed to refuse to hire smokers. I think businesses benefit in several ways from not having smokers on their payrolls in terms of healthcare costs, increased productivity and improved employee relations. But this article, …

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Five for Friday Just Before Christmas

  Here are five posts to end your week with, at least those who have not started their Christmas holiday yet. This first one is not actually about HR. But it does have implications for HR from a training standpoint or even personal development. Buying The College Experience Direct From The Professor by Kecia Lynn …

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Three Essential HR Reads

Here are three essential HR reads to end your week with that will keep you up-to-date. First up is The language of the modern workplace written by Jon Hyman. There have been recent official introductions into the English language that apply to the workplace that you need to include in your HR process. Jon is …

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