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Halloween in the workplace? Bah! Humbug!

When it comes to Halloween in the workplace, just call me Scrooge.

Six Myths about Data Privacy and Security that Professional Employer Organizations Should Skip

Data breaches and compliance failures threaten company reputation and put individuals’ personal identities, finances, and medical information in jeopardy. In the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry, where companies providing PEO or other human resource outsourcing services typically work with personal information of their employees as well as that of their customers’ employees, persistent myths can inhibit appropriate action. This article debunks some of those myths and encourages companies to take action.

The Value of Schmoozing in the Age of Social Media

Research by McKinsey and Company shows that more than half of all firms use some form of social media to enable employees to collaborate and exchange information.

DOL Backs Paid Leave Push in 3 States, D.C. with $500,000 Grant

Recently, we detailed the efforts to push for paid sick leave by state and local governments in light of California’s passage of a statewide paid leave law. Soon after our post, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau Director Latifa Lyles posted an entry on the DOL’s official “Work in Progress” blog, advocating for broader paid family leave across the country. Lyle notes that the United States remains the only industrialized nation without paid family leave. The post included data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and offered arguments in support of paid leave.

States Now Paying the Piper for Recession-Driven Increase In Unemployment Insurance Benefits – How Did We Get Here?

Unemployment insurance continues to be front and center in the news. Commentators discuss: the legislation pending in Washington D.C. to extend long-term benefits; changes in state and federal unemployment law; and the rise of unemployment rates across the country. How did everything get so out of control? Here is an overview of how we got here and where we seem to be going.

Laying a Foundation for Diversity & Inclusion: A Case Study

In a previous interview, Michelle P. Wimes, Esq., the Director of Professional Development & Inclusion at Ogletree Deakins, identified challenges that diversity initiatives face and how to overcome them. Here, she describes how she laid a foundation for a successful diversity and inclusion program.

Ebola in Retail Establishments? How to Prepare

News sources recently reported that one of the Dallas nurses infected with the Ebola virus visited a retail establishment before boarding a plane from Cleveland to Dallas. Since then, retailers and customers have been concerned about Ebola in the retail environment.

A Perk of BYOD Policies at Work

Employers face a serious challenge when trying to prevent employees from taking confidential and proprietary information with them when they leave to join a new employer—particularly when the new employer is a competitor. When an employer becomes suspicious about an ex-employee’s activities prior to his or her last day of work, there are a limited number of safe avenues for the employer to pursue.

Resource Update: Anti-Corruption Laws in the Americas

As multinational employers are aware, compliance with the anti-corruption laws of different jurisdictions can be complicated, and penalties for noncompliance can be severe, making compliance a priority for multinational companies. FordHarrison has joined with Ius Laboris member firms in Central and South America to produce Corruption in the Americas, a summary of anti-corruption laws in the U.S. and Central and South America. The guide provides key information at a glance on important aspects of the anti-corruption laws, including compliance, relevant laws and regulations, and penalties. The guide is available on the Ius Laboris website as well as the In-Depth Analysis page of the FordHarrison website.

Employer Dress Code Policies Under the Microscope as Supreme Court Reviews Abercrombie & Fitch Case

A suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against national clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., demonstrates why employers should carefully review any dress code policies with counsel, particularly as they may conflict with attire worn for religious reasons. Interestingly, the case could have important ramifications not only for employers but also employees.
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