Five ways US employers can avoid discrimination and harassment

Over the past year, all sorts of ugly workplace discrimination stories have reared their head. Whether it be the race discrimination case brought against celebrity chef Paula Deen, the $39-million sex discrimination settlement involving Merrill Lynch or the sexual orientation… continue
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Employee stock ownership plans: Pros and cons for engaging employees

Competitive benefit packages can serve as an excellent recruiting and retention tool, but did you know they can also be used to increase productivity? Certain retirement benefit plans may incentivize employees into becoming more efficient by granting them a stake… continue
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Independent contractors: Don’t let a little bad publicity scare you away

There are plenty of reasons to be scared about hiring independent contractors in the US these days: Fifteen states have partnered up with the federal government to go after employers that misclassify employees as independent contractors; The new US Secretary… continue
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Smoking: Many States Try Snuffing Out Employment Bias Against US Smokers

Many states in the US have gone to great lengths to restrict smoking in public places. In fact, some healthcare employers have taken things a step further and adopted no-hire policies for job applicants who smoke. But while federal law… continue
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US employee termination: Four ways to avoid a family feud

If you thought terminating an employee was hard, try terminating an employee who already resents you and with whom you share the dinner table! Following the traumatic (and literal) termination of Brian the Dog in the popular sit-com “Family Guy,”… continue
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Four headaches facing multistate employers in the US

Some multistate US employers may know they need to keep their eye on state laws throughout the country – but quickly become overwhelmed by the sheer number of rules and regulations coming out of the states where they operate. Understanding… continue
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Keeping secrets secret in a mobile workplace

Businesses are always seeking an edge in their particular industries, whether targeting a local US market or seeking additional global market share. Part of getting an edge may include offering applicants or employees a menu of workplace flexibility options to… continue
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Avoid holiday party hazards by following these dos and don’ts

Office holiday parties can be a great opportunity for team bonding and camaraderie, but they also present potential employment law hazards if boorish behavior results. A new XpertHR podcast features long-time US employment attorney and blogger Robin Shea discussing some… continue
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New wave of state minimum wage hikes may be coming to US

Changes in the US political and economic climate have boosted the odds that more states will increase their minimum wages in the coming year. In the 2004 and 2006 elections, voters in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada and Ohio… continue
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What I Learned at EHS Today’s America’s Safest Companies Conference

Do you want your business to be sustainable? If so, and I hope you do, then you should have been at EHS Today’s America’s Safest Companies Conference, co-sponsored with the law firm Fisher & Phillips, in Atlanta, Ga. The word… continue
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