CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: SCREEN YOUR POLICY FIRST, THEN YOUR EMPLOYEES

July 18, 2016 Workplace safety, trust, and productivity begin with proper hiring, where criminal background screening often plays an essential role.  Indeed, many employers have been sued for “negligent hiring” for failure to screen applicants based on criminal history.  While screening policies serve a good purpose, employers must craft their policy carefully to ensure they... View Post

DOES YOUR COMPANY HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING MISS THE MARK?

June 20, 2016 Author:  Bobbi K. Dominick Most companies are aware of their obligation to train employees about harassment in the workplace.  But a review of recent litigation cases shows that many employers still miss the mark.  Training is required to effectively prevent harassment, while recognizing that not all harassment can be prevented. A training... View Post

Q&A: FINAL OVERTIME RULE RELEASED ON MAY 18, 2016

May 19, 2016 Author:  Bobbi K. Dominick On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule updating the overtime regulations. I already pay all of my employees a salary, so I do not need to worry about this new rule, correct? That is not... View Post

MANDATORY FLU VACCINATION: RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS

Even with the peak of the influenza season behind us, employers have good reason to be concerned about the flu in the workplace.  It poses a health risk that no business can take lightly, and those in the health care or child care fields, for example, face especially high stakes in deciding how to mitigate... View Post

HARASSMENT PREVENTION BEGINS AT THE TOP

April 25, 2016 Author:  Bobbi K. Dominick Workplace harassment has likely existed since the beginning of the workplace itself.  Discriminatory animus against classes of people has existed since the beginning of humanity. Since the 1960s, Title VII and related discrimination laws have required U.S. employers to take harassment prevention more seriously. As often happens, imposing... View Post