By CED Editor Stephen D. Bruce, PHR “Managers and supervisors will instantly call the help desk when they have a computer problem,” says Paul Falcone, “but they are reluctant to ask for help when they face a tough conversation with an employee.”
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to decide an important employee privacy case—City of Ontario v. Quon—that is likely to have far-reaching implications for public and private employers alike.
Earlier this month, a statewide class-action lawsuit was filed in a Northern California federal court, alleging that Minnesota-based giant 3M systematically discriminates against older employees. The lawsuit follows a similar case already pending in 3M’s home state.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2014, 21% of America’s workforce will be at least 55 years old. According to AARP estimates, that number could be even higher. As a result, you need to prepare for an aging workforce. With a wave of baby boomers set to retire and a consequent looming worker […]
In our hiring training, we’ve told our managers to avoid information that is not job related, especially when it has to do with protected characteristics. But we still get a lot of details we shouldn’t know about in other ways. Some applicants send pictures with their e-mailed resumes and others send video resumes. What do […]
Our organization is going high-tech in a big way (because our industry has), and we have a number of people who can’t or won’t keep up with the changes. As a group, they are definitely the “older generation.” If they can’t be productive in our new mode, we’ll have to let them go, but a) […]
We recently got hit with a “negligent retention” suit and want to revamp our policies. We now know that we can be liable if we find out something bad about an employee but keep him or her on anyway, and then the employee does something to a client. Just how bad does that something have […]
Most employers are at least somewhat familiar with binding arbitration, and many know the ins and outs of litigation far too well. But you may not know as much about workplace mediation—another process that might keep you out of court and give you more flexibility than an arbitrator’s ruling. Here’s a look at the mediation […]
Employee Enforcement of Labor Code Under SB 796, which has been dubbed the “bounty-hunter law,” employees may file private lawsuits against their employers, on behalf of themselves and other employees, for labor code violations when the responsible state agency doesn’t pursue the violations. The law provides employees with various financial incentives to file suit, as […]