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4th Circuit Decision Highlights Importance of Comparator Evidence

The Fourth Circuit recently upheld a lower court decision granting summary judgment to the employer in an employment discrimination suit brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) and Maryland law,...more

Safeguarding mental health: essential for your construction workers, good for your business

The UK's mental health is currently under scrutiny with high profile dignitaries, businessmen and organisations all helping to raise awareness of the problems it can cause in the workplace. Many campaigners come from the...more

As the Northeast Prepares for a Major, Late Season Snow Storm, HR Legalist Reminds our Readers of the Importance of Employer...

In January 2015, HR Legalist contributor, Teleicia D’Amberville, wrote about employer responsibilities towards employees when a serious weather event occurs. As a major snow storm is set to hit the Northeast of the United...more

Is Your Organization Prepared for the (March) Madness?

It’s the time of year when workplace chatter suddenly includes constant references to Wildcats, Jayhawks, Pirates, Tar Heels, and Blue Devils. As well as the question of whether the UConn Women’s Basketball Team will ever...more

You have Your Ship, and Now You Need Your Crew, How to get Your 'Ship' Together

Starting a business is not always simple. Being an employer carries with it a number of obligations and it is important to know the ropes prior to even hiring your first employee. Below is a condensed HR checklist that...more

Don't Be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish - Advice for New Employers Regarding Employee Classifications

Entrepreneurs wear many hats, from providing a quality product or service to managing employees. New employers frequently expose themselves to liability when they think that ignorance is a defense that they can use if an...more

Ten tips for successful workplace investigations

Navigating the complexities of workplace investigations can be challenging and stressful for employers. However, as all employers will receive complaints at some point in time, it’s important to know what to do (and not do)...more

Protests Move North of the Border? Canadian Employers Responses to a National General Strike

On February 17, 2017, activists opposing the new administration are planning a national general strike, including protests and work stoppages. In light of the growing support for the strike, U.S employers face questions...more

What Employers Need To Know About The "Day Without Immigrants" Walkout

Employee walkouts and protests are anticipated across the country on Thursday, February 16, and Friday, February 17, as immigrants and others disappointed by the Trump administration’s position with respect to immigration...more

Leadership Lessons from Mutiny on the Bounty

In honor of February and its traditional run up to the Oscars, in my podcast on business leadership, 12 O’Clock High, a podcast on business leadership, I am exploring leadership lessons from Oscar-winning Best Pictures. In...more

Web Exclusive: When I-9s Lead To Oh-Nos: Failing To Complete Forms Within 3 Business Days Can Lead To Hefty Fines

A recent federal court of appeals decision provides an important reminder for you to complete I-9 forms promptly and properly retain related records in the event of a government inspection. Failure to follow the lessons...more

New Draft Guidance Issued On Marine District Permits

One of the most cherished and an important environmental feature of New York is its shoreline. Not only do people live near, swim and fish in the marine and coastal waters of New York, from the Hudson River near the Tappan...more

The Dialogue: Hiring Employees the Right Way (From Different Sides)

I’ll confess. I’m excited about today’s post. It’s hard to find something new to do after nearly 10 years of blogging, but I think today’s post is pretty innovative....more

What Every Employer Needs To Know About The Super Bowl

The stage is officially set. The Atlanta Falcons will be playing the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5, 2017, and no doubt your employees are very much aware of the upcoming game. A good many of them...more

OSHA Releases “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs”

Last week OSHA announced the release of its “Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliations Programs.” The publication is “intended to assist employers in creating workplaces that are free of retaliation … This document is...more

Check the Drama at the Door, Part II: A 10-Point Checklist for Avoiding and Resolving Workplace Conflict

This article is the second part in a two-part series addressing managerial best practices for conflict prevention and resolution. Part one offered the first half of a 10-point checklist that also identified potential...more

Check the Drama at the Door, Part I: A 10-Point Checklist for Avoiding and Resolving Workplace Conflict

Conflict at work is inevitable. Despite this reality, there are many steps that employers can take to avoid and resolve workplace strife. According to a 2014 study, office workers spend, on average, 2.5 hours per week trying...more

Top 10 Employee Benefits New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

If statistics are any guide, by now a significant number of you have already broken your New Year’s resolutions. However, there’s still plenty of time to make new ones that you can break, er, keep. ...more

Are Employers Acting on What They Learn from Mass Shootings

After every public shooting, we discuss how to prevent and better respond to the next active shooter, but each subsequent shooting event suggests we are not acting upon knowledge gained....more

A Post-Election Survival Guide For Employers

In the two months since the culmination of what many call the most bitterly contested presidential election in American history, employers are already reporting the conflict among employees is unlike any other in modern...more

Richard Marx Won’t Be 'Right Here Waiting' To Save You From Workplace Intruders: Lessons To Make Sure Your Workers Are Prepared

Richard Marx Won’t Be Right Here Waiting To Save You From Workplace Intruders: Lessons To Make Sure Your Workers Are Prepared....more

The Quest for a Workable Employee Evaluation: The Saga Continues

In HR you have seen it all: late evaluations, lost evaluations, evaluations with all “5’s” checked and no comments, sexually inappropriate comments, cutesy comments that will get you sued such as, “not the brightest crayon in...more

11 Traits Of Good Employer Documentation

Last week, I talked about why documentation is so important as part of an employer’s legal defense. Today I’d like to talk about what good documentation should contain. Some of these are so obvious as to be almost...more

Avoiding Office Holiday Party Headaches

It’s the holiday season again and while the office holiday party is a wonderful time to show appreciation to your employees and create camaraderie among coworkers, it can also be a time of legal headaches that can last...more

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