Unconscious bias can affect our decisions in all areas of life, but especially in the workplace. In this article we explore 3 common types of biases, and how to reduce their impact. We may try to be as objective as possible when making important decisions, especially when our decisions relate to work. However, as human beings, … Continue reading Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
Let’s face it, discussing politics can be tense. During this time period, employees may be more apt to discuss politics as well as disagree on various topics related to political issues. Tempers can flare and productivity can suffer. Below are 5 ways to reduce potentially heated political conversations in the workplace. Ensure Managers are trained to avoid political conversations/discussions … Continue reading 5 Ways To Deal With Politics in the Workplace
Must employers provide reasonable accommodations under the ADA in response to the pandemic coronavirus situation? According to JAN (the Job Accommodation Network), the answer is YES. JAN announced it is hearing from many employers who are inquiring about their responsibilities under the ADA to accommodate employees who have concerns about exposure to the coronavirus. Per JAN, … Continue reading Is coronavirus considered a disability under ADA?
On Sunday, January 12, 2020, the Department of Labor (Department) announced a final rule to revise and update its regulations interpreting joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule provides updated guidance for determining joint employer status when an employee performs work for his or her employer that simultaneously benefits … Continue reading DOL Releases Final Joint-Employer Rule
On Dec. 31. 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel … Continue reading IRS Announces 2020 Standard Mileage Rates
Office holiday parties can build morale, offer opportunities for more casual interactions among workers, and reward employees for a productive year– but did you know they can also be a source of liability for your company? If you choose to have alcohol at your holiday party, consider the following tips to help keep you and … Continue reading Alcohol and Office Holiday Parties: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Liability
Employers will often throw parties for Halloween, thinking it could help with morale and team building. However, Halloween has become a celebration that can have more opportunities to cross the line and can set the stage for sexual harassment, discrimination, and hostility in the workplace; among other violations of employment laws and regulations. Below are … Continue reading Are Your Halloween Celebrations and Activities Putting Your Workplace at Risk?
On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new final rule that updates the salary thresholds that some individuals must meet in order to qualify for a minimum wage and overtime exemption under the federal Fair Labors Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020. The final … Continue reading Final Overtime Rule Issued, Takes Effect January 1, 2020
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, 1 in every four women, and one in 10 men, will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Also, according to a CDC survey, 20 Americans experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. That totals around 10 million victims per year. The Department of Labor … Continue reading October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Last year, while working with a client, I met with a manager to discuss organizational issues. Unfortunately, during our conversation, I realized that she might be a bully. She made statements to me like, “I told Sally if she did not like the way I managed the staff, then there is the door!” Other statements … Continue reading Workplace Bully: How Many Do You Have?