Having a healthy workforce is not only great for your workers, themselves, but it also impacts your bottom-line for a variety of reasons: Reduced absenteeism, higher productivity, reduced healthcare costs, the list is endless! This logic is why one employer is now discriminating against nicotine users during the hiring process.
Few conversations are as uncomfortable as having to directly address employee hygiene issues. Unfortunately, however, this is something that comes up in the workplace and must be managed appropriately.
Training programs can fall victim to the same trap as many other company initiatives: Someone identifies a gap or a need; an initiative is put into place to address that shortcoming; and, without anyone taking ownership of that initiative, it slowly loses momentum and becomes another obligatory exercise the organization goes through out of habit.
Paid time off (PTO) has become a hot topic in the HR world. Employers across the country are using PTO to attract and retain workers by giving them the flexibility they crave, but could these efforts be falling flat with employees?
My civil procedure professor once quipped, “Family + Money + Death = Litigation.” In the case of HBO’s new series Righteous Gemstones, we thankfully don’t have any worries about death (so far, at least), but we do see hints that the family that works together won’t necessarily stay together.
On June 25, 2019, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana, joining the growing list of states and cities that have legalized some form of marijuana use. At this point, it might be easier to just count the states that still ban marijuana in all forms, but one fact remains: It’s still illegal […]
As I stared at the half-full 200-count bottle of gummy vitamins sitting in front of my computer monitor, I read a recent Time Magazine article that examined whether the supplements actually “work.” Unfortunately, the short answer is “no.” Fortunately, I didn’t let that stop me from figuring out how the vitamins can provide us with […]
Q An employee recently put in her two weeks’ notice, but her manager went ahead and removed her from the schedule. Are we obligated to pay her for the time she was scheduled to work in those two weeks?
I am often asked to recraft a company’s parental leave policy, usually in response to an employee seeking leave for the impending arrival of a new family member that falls outside the company’s current medical disability policy (e.g., an adoption). The employer wants to be generous and provide adoptive parents the same leave it provides […]
Employers are often looking for ways to better combat harassment in the workplace. Some of the most obvious prevention methods include: