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Harassment Prevention Must Start at the Top

If you did not watch the May 20 edition of 60 Minutes, you should.  The last segment detailed pervasive and rampant sexual harassment by famed chef and TV personality Mario Batali. And it laid much of the blame at the feet of…

7 Things Employers Must Know About the I-9 Form

Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced that it has doubled the number of worksite investigations and audits conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Its express goal is to make sure businesses are not employing people who are in the U.S. illegally. What…

The Easiest Way to Lose an Employment Lawsuit

Yeterday, I was tagged with the following question on LinkedIn: Interested in your opinion on this. The “this” in question was an $7.97 million verdict a jury in Fresno, California, entered in favor of a Chipotle manager fired for allegedly stealing $626 in…

Should Employers Still Test for Marijuana?

Ohio’s medical marijuana program is set to be fully operational by September 2018. Ohio will join 28 other states, and the District of Columbia, in which doctors can legally prescribe marijuana to treat certain medical conditions. Ohio’s medical marijuana law does…

5.1 Million Reasons to Keep Religion Out of Your Workplace

“Onionhead” teaches people to direct their emotions in a truthful and compassionate way. It is central to the teachings of the Harnessing Happiness Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to emotional knowledge and intelligence, conflict resolution, and life handling skills. Onionhead…

Maternity Leave Does Not Guarantee Continued Employment

Michelle Bailey worked in the human resources department of Oakwood Healthcare. During her maternity leave, her immediate supervisor and others assumed her responsibilities and discovered certain deficiencies in how she performed her job. Discovery of those deficiencies led the supervisor…

Anti-harassment Anthems

Yesterday, I came across the very cool video for a new Speedy Ortiz song, “Villain.” The song tackles issue of harassment, assault, and consent. Rock music has always tackled the important social issues of the times, and #MeToo should be no exception.…

#MeToo Might Want to Consider #MenToo

According to the Washington Post, nearly one in five — about 17 percent — of harassment complaints filed with the EEOC come from men. And many involve same-sex harassment. Some examples: Example 1: “A group of salesmen were subjected to…

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