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Photo of Bill Kessler
May 09 2018
Q&ASafety and Health  

Use a numerical rating system to prioritize safety in busy times

Because deficient safety processes are the underlying causes of accidents, it is important to administer the most critical ones effectively. Here’s how employers can prioritize safety objectives when under a time crunch: Create a weighted scale for “prevention” and one for “compliance” (1-5 for effectiveness at “prevention” and 1-3 for effectiveness at “compliance,” where 1 is at the low end…

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Mar 29 2018
Q&AWage and Hour  

Q&A: Be realistic when promising employee bonuses

Question: Our employee handbook states that all new employees will receive a $3,000 bonus on their three-year anniversary. Five employees will be eligible this year. Business is down and we really can’t afford this anymore. Do we have to pay them?

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Mar 29 2018
Q&AHarassment & Discrimination  

Q&A: Is your company at risk for workplace harassment?

Question: We have an anti-harassment policy and complaint process in our employee handbook. We also conduct annual training for employees. What else should we be doing to prevent workplace harassment?

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Mar 27 2018
Q&AWage and Hour  

Q&A: Be careful when considering a settlement for back wages

Question: We recently conducted a self-audit and discovered that we underpaid one employee for wages earned. If we pay her the past wages owed and ask her to sign something releasing us from liability, are we covered?

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Feb 14 2018
Q&AWage and Hour  

Q&A: When employee attends voluntary training, is the time paid or unpaid?

Q: We’re planning to offer some voluntary training to employees in the evening regarding internet and social media safety. We don’t have to pay them for time spent in that training, do we?

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Jan 17 2018
Q&AHarassment & DiscriminationHiring  

Q&A: Can past lawsuits be a factor in hiring decisions?

Question: We just received an application from a candidate who’s clearly qualified, but we know he sued his last employer for discrimination and we’d rather not hire someone who goes around suing people. Can we get in trouble for rejecting him?

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Photo of Kandis Sells
Jan 16 2018
Q&APrivacy & Confidentiality  

Q&A: Knowing who is authorized to receive your legal documents can prevent lawsuits

Question: We just found out that a former employee was awarded a default judgment of $75,000 against our company, but we didn’t even hear about the lawsuit until just now. Is there a way to get the judgment reversed since we didn’t receive the legal documents?
 

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Dec 15 2017
Q&AHarassment & Discrimination  

Q&A: Discrimination – yes, it’s still happening, and employers must take it seriously

The Question: One of our employees is saying his coworkers are using very obscene racial slurs in casual conversation. We trust our supervisors and they’ve said they can’t imagine this is actually happening. What should we do?

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Nov 28 2017
Q&AHarassment & Discrimination

Q&A: When does “creepy” cross the line into sexual harassment?

The Question: A manager told me that two female employees raised concerns about a male employee who was being “creepy”; they said he stood too close to them and made them feel uncomfortable. The manager asked them to report it to HR, but they haven’t come to see me. It doesn’t seem like I have enough to launch a formal investigation. What can I do in this situation?

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Nov 21 2017
Q&ADisabilitySafety and HealthTermination & Resignation  

Q&A: Accommodate for Questionable Religious Belief?

Question: We recently instituted a no-beard policy to ensure that men can securely wear their required safety masks. However, one of our Muslim employees refused, citing the Prophet Muhammad. I’ve studied the Quran, and I know that it doesn’t require beards. Can we discipline or fire him for not shaving?

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