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Policies / Handbooks

English-only rule must have legit business purpose

06/15/2017
Two cashiers at a Forever 21 retail store in California were allegedly forbidden to speak Spanish at work and then threatened with termination for filing a discrimination complaint.

Make sure employees know you’re monitoring

06/15/2017
Few HR pros relish the thought of playing Big Brother. However, safeguarding sensitive data relies on being able to monitor employees’ use of your computer systems. In turn, you have an obligation to notify employees that you are watching what they read, write, download and upload.

Secret formula for firing can be challenged in court

06/13/2017
Public employees may have constitutionally protected property interests in their jobs and the right to due process before losing their jobs. A federal court has now ruled that using a secret algorithm to determine whether a public employee will lose her job may violate that right to due process.

Employee drug use hits 12-year high: How you should respond

06/12/2017
Illicit drug use by American workers is climbing fast, leading to a 12-year high in positive workplace drug tests. If you don’t have an employee policy on the use and abuse of illegal drugs, establish one and promote it.

You can only stuff so much detail into a handbook

06/12/2017
A Pennsylvania court has ruled a former state employee’s firing was justified after he was spotted gambling at a casino when he was supposed to be at work.

Liability is murky, but employers should still take measures to protect personal data

06/07/2017
Can an employer be held liable for any damage that results from a data breach that leads to identity theft?

Lawsuit: Flight attendants harassed for union roles

06/07/2017
An American Airlines flight attendant based in Philadelphia and a colleague from North Carolina are suing, claiming the airline failed to police online forums and Facebook pages it controls, permitting other employees to harass the women for their union activities.

Report: State and local legislative changes led 85% of employers to update their policies in 2016

05/18/2017
State/local law changes caused a full 85% of employers to update their policies or handbooks in 2016 and 54% to provide additional employee training.

Employee doesn’t have to follow every step in your harassment complaint procedure

05/10/2017
Don’t think setting up a multiple-path complaint process lets you off the hook. Even if an employee neglects to take her complaint “up the organization chart,” you are still responsible for stopping harassment that you find out about.

Know the regulations that apply to your business

04/12/2017
Here’s an important reminder that you must pay close attention to the laws that govern how your organization operates.