Archive for the ‘Employment Law’ Category

Keep Hiring Legal

Managers, regardless of whether you run small businesses or big corporations, should have basic knowledge of the “legalities of hiring.”These legalities do not apply to managers making a final hiring decision. It applies to all employers interviewing a candidate. You should know the legalities of hiring in the United States in general, and also those specific to your state. You should also try to keep abreast of employment law changes – which happen quite quickly. And, when in doubt, consult you…

Are Noncompete Agreements Valid?

Companies often ask their employees to enter into broad noncompete agreements or employment contracts with broad noncompete provisions. The reason may be because they would like to keep exiting employees from working for a competitor firm. It may also be that you simply want to stipulate how soon an employee can start working for a similar company. Whatever reasons you might have for asking your employees to enter in noncompete agreements, the question remains whether nonompete agreements are va…

Family and Medical Leave for Military Family Members

The Defense Reauthorization Bill allows employees to take a leave covered under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for what they describe as “any qualifying exigency” that would arise out of a family member’s active duty or call to active duty.  The new provisions included in the existing list of qualifying reasons for which employees can take FMLA leave because of the DRB are as follows:Covered employees may take up to 12 weeks of leave every year to deal with certain issues that relate to a f…

Dealing with a Lawsuit

Everybody does not like to get sued.  Not only your company gets subjected to the courts, you are also brought into the court of public opinion.  If your office have received a notice that your organization is being sued, it is best to deal with it as soon as possible. Notify your insurance carriersSome insurance companies not only offer assurance after accidents, but also cover your costs incurred during lawsuits.  It is best to inform your insurance company as early as possible, as well as stu…

What Is Love Contract Policy?

Many career and relationship experts say that employees should avoid going into a romantic relationship with a co-worker. However, who are we to stop two employees from falling in love? But at the same time, relationships in the workplace can cause potential problems, especially when the romance is over.For instance, one of the partners on a former romantic work relationship would charge his or her ex for sexual harassment. That causes problems because it would affect how your company is perceiv…

Monitoring Employee Internet Use

Many employers are now considering putting up measures to monitor how their employees use the Internet, and it has become a troubling topic. The question of the employees’ right to privacy has been raised, while employers believe that such procedure protects their computers from becoming infected with malicious software as well as become a medium for employees to divulge trade secrets with competitors.What do Internet monitoring programs track?Traditionally, Internet surveillance software can lo…

Internet Usage Monitoring in the Workplace

With the introduction of the Internet, many employers become wary that their employees may be using the technology for purposes other than work-related.  Nowadays, it is possible for employers to track how their Internet usage of their employees.  A survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management said that almost three-quarters of companies questioned monitor how their workers use the Internet including checking employee e-mail and reviewing employee phone calls.  Another study rel…

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is an unwelcoming attention of sexual nature.  It includes different behaviors from mild transgressions and annoyances to actual sexual abuse or assault.  In the workplace, however, sexual harassment is more about power rather than sex.HistoryIn the United States, there were two versions on how the term “sexual harassment” became to being.  One version dates back to 1975 when a group of student-activists in New York coined the term, while another account states that Dr. Mary Ro…

Avoiding Employee Legal Problems

For employers, terminating employees can be an extremely hard undertaking. Nobody usually likes to such an experience, the same goes for employers. But there are times when such things may be necessary, depending on the circumstances. The decision to terminate an employee can also be difficult from a legal standpoint. Employers have to make sure that employee termination should not pose a legal challenge from the people involved. Employers would need to make sure that the proper steps are taken …

Implementing a Non Smoking Policy

More and more companies seek to discourage their employees from smoking. This is usually done by imposing smoking cessation programs on the employee’s off-the-job activities. However, some companies go out of their way create a smoke-free environment by adopting policies that address employees’ off-the-job behavior. One company in Michigan gained national attention when it gave employees an ultimatum to either quit smoking or be fired. Another company in New Hampshire has banned all use and poss…