Category: HR Policies & Procedures

Keep your company in compliance with federal and state laws while you set the appropriate tone for your organization. Get tips on developing solid HR policies that will hold up to scrutiny, along with quick-reading summaries of significant white papers that provide perspective to help you evaluate policy choices in terms of your organization.

When Can You Intervene in an Employee Substance Abuse Issue?

In part 1 of this article we began to explore some of the laws and approaches surrounding employees with potential substance abuse problems. Today we will look at some examples of employees with substance abuse problems as well as some training and guidance tips.

How to Approach an Employee Who Might Be Dealing with Addiction

With the rise of opioid and other drug addiction in the US today, employers have to wonder – is it possible one of my employees is dealing with addiction? In the first article of a three-part series, Littler shareholders Dale L. Deitchler and Jeffery E. Dilger, discuss how an employer should approach an employee who […]

What Are Posthire Background Checks?

Most employers perform some form of background screening on prospective employees. Often, this is conducted as a condition of the job offer. The candidate proceeds through the hiring process and is made a conditional offer, and the offer proceeds if nothing negative is discovered through the screening process.

Can You Fire an Employee over Social Media Posts?

Can an employer fire employees solely over what they’ve posted on social media? Does the answer change, depending on whether the post was made from a work or personal device? Does it matter whether the person’s social media account is connected to the employer in some way?

The Lunch Hour Is Not What it Used to Be

OfficeTeam recently released a survey exploring the true nature of the lunch hour in America. The findings show a landscape where lunch breaks are shorter, fewer workers take them, and when they do, over half use it to surf the net or social media.

Era of #MeToo and Tell-All Books Triggering New Thinking About NDAs

Nondisclosure agreements (NDAs)–once routine and little thought about–have come under a bright spotlight in recent months. First, it was the #MeToo movement and protests by sexual harassment victims that NDAs perpetuate harassment by keeping bad, even criminal, behavior secret. Then more questions came to light with the release of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s tell-all book about […]

How GDPR Is Creating Challenges for Employers

Earlier this year, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. If you are a U.S.-based company, you may be tempted to say, “So what?” But the GDPR’s reach is personal as opposed to geographic. In other words, the GDPR provides protections to individuals, specifically E.U. citizens, no matter where they are […]

Tech Literacy Is Crucial to Your Organization’s Success

In the 21st century digital economy, companies in all industries are becoming “tech companies.” The success of your company depends on your ability to innovate and stay current on the latest technologies. In the past 20 years, we have seen innovation by tech companies become the model for all organizations—open office floor plans, flexible hours, […]