Legal Issues

Recruit broadly to ensure diverse applicant pool

January 14, 2021
Employees and job applicants can win age discrimination lawsuits if they prove an employer’s personnel practices have a negative disparate impact on older persons.

Act ASAP to prevent customer from harassing

January 14, 2021
Title VII doesn’t just outlaw co-worker and supervisor harassment, it also holds employers responsible for preventing and stopping harassment from outside the organization. As much as you don’t want to alienate customers, you must intercede if they harass your employees.

5 things at the root of lawsuits

December 23, 2020
The best way to win an employee lawsuit is to prevent it in the first place. You’ll be able to head off most disputes by understanding what stirs workers up.

Stamp out supervisors’ racist behavior, racist slurs

December 3, 2020
Make sure every supervisor understands that you do not tolerate any form of racism on the job, including use of racial slurs. Employers often pay dearly when bigotry rears its ugly head at work.

Assigning unpleasant tasks

November 25, 2020
One unenjoyable task of management is assigning the jobs that no one wants to do. Use this advice to delegate undesirable tasks without ruffling any feathers.

Compelling need required to demand ‘perfect English’

November 12, 2020
Ensure supervisors understand they can’t require employees to be fluent English speakers unless it’s essential to performing their jobs. Insisting on “perfect English” can easily trigger an EEOC lawsuit.

Online training time: DOL explains when to pay

November 12, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new opinion letter that helps clarify when employers must pay workers for the time they spend undergoing training that is delivered online.

Avoid the high cost of not posting promotions

October 22, 2020
Failing to post job announcements where employees will see them may trigger an expensive lawsuit. That’s a very real problem now. With more employees working remotely, there are fewer chances to spot a promotion opportunity on the breakroom bulletin board or learn about an opening during a casual chat with a co-worker.

When & how you must notify employees of layoffs

October 20, 2020

There are indications layoffs will rise again in the fourth quarter of 2020 as covid-19 cases edge upward again. And as layoffs increase, the threat of WARN Act lawsuits grows more acute for employers that do not follow the layoff notification rules.

Does ‘religious freedom’ give OK for job bias?

October 15, 2020
In recent years, many corporations have made an effort to show their inclusive nature to certain groups, including the LGBT community. But what should your company do if an employee cites “religious freedom” as a reason to reject those company efforts?