The Americans with Disabilities Act Definition for Employers

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Apr 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Navigating employment law can be a challenge for many employers, but compliance with laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is critical to avoiding legal woes. Many employers aren’t sure what these federal laws entail or whether they apply to their business, so we’re going to break down what you need to know, starting with the Americans with Disabilities Act definition.

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Topics: HR policies

The Importance of a Comprehensive Employee Onboarding Process

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Apr 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to the onboarding process, some employers think onboarding means the same thing as orientation, but it’s really much more than that. The onboarding process is an opportunity to make an impression on a new hire and is often the moment that a new employee decides whether he or she is going to remain engaged with, or even keep working for the company.

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Topics: Human Resources

Pre Employment Background Check: Best Practices

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Apr 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Hiring employees is no simple task. There are resumes to sift through, interviews to schedule and stacks of paperwork to manage. Once you’ve nailed down a list of potential candidates, the list of hiring-related tasks just gets longer! One of the main components in the hiring process is the pre employment background check.

Criminal record checks are a part of this process and can be an effective component of hiring. After all, you want to be sure your staff represents your company well.

EEOC: What Employers Need to Know About Pre Employment Background Checks

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Topics: Hiring Employees, HR policies

How Workplace Culture Plays a Role in Sexual Harassment

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Apr 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Workplace culture is the environment that surrounds everyone at work—a system made up of shared beliefs, values and processes. Although it’s not something you can see or touch, workplace culture has a strong influence on people, relationships and expectations. A workplace culture encompasses the life experiences and behaviors of each employee, therefore, workplace culture can certainly play a role in preventing or encouraging sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Topics: Human Resources

Signs of Workplace Bullying and What to Do About It

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Mar 20, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Workplace bullying may be more common than you think, so it’s important both employers and employees recognize the signs and know what to do about them. Unlike bullies on the playground or in school, bullying at work is less physical and more psychological.

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, “workplace bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is: threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, or work-interference, i.e. sabotage, which prevents work from getting done.” 

Bullying can occur amongst employees (more common) and between employees and their supervisors. Signs of workplace bullying include:

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Topics: Human Resources

How an EEOC Complaint Can Hurt Your Business

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on Mar 13, 2018 3:00:00 PM

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age and disability. An EEOC complaint usually comes on the organization’s radar when an employee feels illegally discriminated against and files what's called a Charge of Discrimination.

How to File an EEOC Complaint

When investigating allegations of harassment, the EEOC looks at the whole record, the circumstances, such as the nature and severity of the allegations, and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. Investigators make a determination of whether harassment is severe or pervasive enough to be unlawful on a case-by-case basis.

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Topics: Human Resources

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