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Reminder of Challenges Associated with Workplace Violence Prevention

The August 26 shooting of two journalists by a former co-worker on live TV in Virginia is a stark reminder that a worker may become violent.

The on-air shootings at WDBJ-TV: When bad things happen to good employees

What could WDBJ7-TV have done to prevent Wednesday morning’s tragic on-air murders? Unfortunately, probably not a thing.

Employers Need Policies on Searching Worker Smartphones

Suhaill Morales’ article “Employers Need Policies on Searching Worker Smartphones” was featured in Daily Business Review on August 26, 2015.

Is Your Employee Handbook a Ticking Time Bomb?

When it comes to drafting employee handbooks and policy provisions, the stakes are high and employers who make mistakes, whether they be big or small, may cause confusion and potentially face costly litigation.

Target to Pay Nearly $3 Million for Faulty Screening Tests

The Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has agreed to pay $2.8 million to thousands of rejected job candidates who claimed they were unfairly screened out of upper-level positions because of their race or gender. The settlement will be dispersed among more than 3,000 people who were adversely affected when these screening tests were used in the hiring process.

Key Telecommuting Issues Affecting Employers

More than 30 million Americans work remotely at least one day per week. And telecommuting is likely to increase even further in the years ahead.

4 thoughts on the Ashley Madison hack

1. Should you post anything on the internet that you wouldn’t want to see on the front page of the New York Times? “No” used to be standard advice, but that isn’t practical any more. I do online banking, but that doesn’t mean I want my financial information all over the internet. Nor my credit card information, which is stored with various online retailers who shall remain nameless but I wrote about one of my favorites last week. It’s unrealistic to expect people to go “all-analog” at this point in our technological development.

"GINA" AND GENETIC SCREENING IN THE WORKPLACE

Federal and state laws make it illegal to discriminate against job applicants or employees on the basis of their “genetic information.” Indeed, employers may only collect or use genetic data in very limited circumstances. A recent federal court decision makes clear that these laws reach even farther than typical anti-discrimination statutes.

Airline Industry Alert: Washington State Supreme Court Finds SeaTac Ordinance Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour Enforceable at Airport

Executive Summary: In a 5-4 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court has held that Proposition 1 – an ordinance which increased the minimum wage within the city of SeaTac for employees in the hospitality and transportation industries to $15 an hour – is also enforceable at the Sea-Tac Airport. Filo Foods, LLC v. City of SeaTac, (Wash. Aug. 20, 2015). This means that Proposition 1 may now be applicable to employees of airline service providers and, in certain circumstances, to employees of air carriers themselves, at the airport.

Can employees trust Human Resources?

Are Human Resources representatives advocates for employees, or shills for the corporate bigwigs?
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