Many industrious office workers may be more industrious than their employers realize. In fact, after putting in time at their primary jobs, a lot of those workers rush off to other jobs—jobs that help them make ends meet or build savings, or maybe they work a second job to pursue a passion. Whatever the reason, [...]
Archive for the 'Handbooks and Policies' Category
by Bart N. Sisk
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new rules revising its requirements for recording and submitting records of workplace injuries and illnesses. The revised rules require employers in certain industries to submit injury and illness data electronically. The frequency and content of the reports depend on [...]
by Joshua W. Solberg
Employers often have policies and procedures (frequently included in a drug-testing policy) that require their employees to disclose the lawful use of prescription drugs (i.e., per the advice and prescription of a licensed physician) that could impair job performance. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), such [...]
by Teresa Shulda
Summer will be here soon, and we’ll be car-dancing to the latest “summer jam.” During my time, the top summer hits were by music greats Madonna and Def Leppard. Whatever your favorite summer tunes are, it’s important to remember that summer brings lots of opportunities for employment law jams—and they aren’t the kind [...]
by Jason Ritchie
It’s imperative that you train your supervisors on key workforce management topics. Here are three compliance areas that should top your training list.
by Jan L. Fox
As you began 2015, you probably made resolutions and promised yourself you would do better in the new year. As 2015 comes to a close, it’s still not too late to improve your professional practice. Here are five things an HR manager can do to bring 2015 to [...]
Most human resources professionals understand the importance of a carefully written employee handbook. But sometimes the higher-ups in an organization don’t think about why such a document is advisable. Recently, a group of attorneys from the Employers Counsel Network, which focuses on employment law issues, was asked what to do when a CEO says a [...]
By Jane Pfeifle
After 29 years, I am leaving the practice of law to become a judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit. As I look back on the past few decades, I want to share some observations of what successful employers do.
Fairness reduces the fare
Being fair pays off. Employers that treat employees fairly generally come [...]
Everybody’s heard the office party horror stories—some merrymakers get drunk, unfortunate comments are made, even more unfortunate outfits are worn, and sometimes somebody even gets hurt. It’s enough to make the human resources department want to retreat to the North Pole until mid-January.
Solutions to party woes do exist, however, and even if the party [...]
by Christopher J. Pyles
Many (many) years ago when I was in college, I spent Thanksgiving Day with a bachelor uncle at a football game. In celebration of the season, we bought a frozen turkey on the way home . . . and sadly discovered that you can’t just toss a turkey [...]