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  • Friday, October 23, 2020
    If you thought cybersecurity was only IT's responsibility, think again. Some of the biggest security threats are from hackers who purposefully target a company's employees and trick them into divulging information or granting access to confidential information. Other threats result from employees' careless mistakes, such as logging on to an unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspot.
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  • Thursday, October 22, 2020

    The agency that monitors whether federal contractors comply with requirements against discrimination in employment is asking employers to provide copies of diversity training materials as part of its push to enforce President Donald Trump’s recent executive order (EO) dealing with diversity efforts.

  • An unfortunate emerging issue for employers is the rise of workplace shootings. Even courts and judges have taken note in their judicial opinions that workplace violence is increasing. Of course, employees may be exposed to different degrees of violence at work. Workplace shootings are on the extreme end of the spectrum.
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    Liam walks into an important meeting and sits down. Within minutes, the group's attention is on him and his division. One of the top executives asks him a tough question, and he freezes. The executives infer that Liam isn't as competent as they believed. They fail to realize he is a high performer and that his team has great respect for him.
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  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    Unfortunately, an alleged harasser quitting his job isn't a magical fix. To HR professionals, that may seem intuitive and obvious. But to much of the population, including stakeholders at major businesses, it may not. That can place an HR professional in the very difficult position of having to push for an often messy, controversial, embarrassing, and expensive investigation that her supervisors just don't want to conduct.
  • Monday, October 19, 2020
    The federal appellate court that sits in New Orleans recently agreed with the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) finding that In-N-Out Burger violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it barred its employees from wearing buttons supporting the "Fight for $15" movement, which seeks an hourly wage of $15 for minimum-wage employees. The case implicated the employees' right to engage in protected concerted activity under the NLRA, a commonly misunderstood area of the law.
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  • Friday, October 16, 2020
    Q One of our employees asked to her see personnel file. We have never shared this information with employees, and I feel we shouldn’t do it. Our COO, on the other hand, is open to being more transparent and sharing some information. What are the pros and cons of letting the employee see her personnel file?
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  • Thursday, October 15, 2020
    As an HR professional or a business owner, you may—or may not—know that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the federal law that governs the relationship between unions and employers in the private sector, also applies to nonunion employers in certain situations. For instance, the NLRA covers all concerted activity by employees, whether it occurs in a union or nonunion workplace. The term "concerted activity" is broadly defined to cover actions undertaken by employees for the "mutual aid and protection" of others. Thus, concerted activity isn't limited to situations involving union membership—it can be any activity taken by employees to improve their working conditions, even in a nonunion setting.
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  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    When Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), we all knew it wouldn’t take long for some interesting new lawsuits to spring up. We were right—employers are facing an onslaught of litigation primarily alleging they retaliated against employees for seeking and/or using the FFCRA’s leave and sick pay provisions. While most of the cases haven’t yet been adjudicated or resolved, it’s helpful to review the allegations to get a sense of where and how the conflicts tend to arise.
  • Monday, October 12, 2020
    As COVID-19 continues to affect the workplace, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is trying to provide guidance on how employers should implement the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). You may be wondering if, when, and how you can require employees to provide notice and documentation when they’re taking paid leave under the FFCRA. Thanks to a recent revision to the DOL’s “final rule” on paid leave under the Act, the answer has been clarified.
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