Risk and Compliance

Bridging Borders

International employment laws and regulations vary widely—even among the countries within the EMEA region.

By Simon Kent

Whilst companies may wish to view their businesses as covering a unified EMEA region, employment law means that such unity can only ever be superficial. Even without the complexities of Brexit, deploying a consistent set of employment policies can seem impossible. “Some inward investors might consider Europe to be a single territory for business purposes,” says Helga Breen, head of the employment practice in London at global legal business DWF. “The reality is that each country has its own legal and regulatory framework and societal and cultural norms.”

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The Data Dilemma

Data Security

Safeguarding employee privacy is a key concern in today’s digital economy.

By Marta Chmielowicz

With the digital economy in full swing, HR leaders are embracing technologies that capture employee data and deliver insights that can be interpreted to better attract, retain, and grow talent. But the flood of numbers pouring in from talent management platforms across the organization carries risk as well as reward.

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Under Fire

Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is on the rise, but a safety policy that addresses security, culture, and management can help mitigate the risk.

By Marta Chmielowicz

For Jill Geimer and many other HR executives, February 15, 2019 is a day that will be hard to forget. According to reports from The Washington Post, after being terminated from his position at Henry Pratt manufacturing company in Aurora, Ill., employee Gary Martin opened fire, killing five people and wounding six others. This hit particularly close to home for Geimer, whose company, Ecentria Group, houses a large inventory warehouse in the region.

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Mitigating Harassment

Workplace Harassment

These strategies can prevent claims and promote a safe, inclusive workplace.

By Michele McDermott

Over the past three years, Google, Ford Motor Company, 21st Century Fox, Bank of America, and the New York Knicks are among an exhausted list of companies that have experienced employment practice liability (EPL) lawsuits due to sexual harassment claims. Companies of all sizes can experience harassment or employment practice-related claims. Employees at every level, as well as vendors and customers, can perpetrate a claim.

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The Conundrum of Cannabis

Drug-Free Workplace

Experts offer strategies to help navigate the complex landscape of marijuana legalization and workforce safety.

By Marta Chmielowicz

There is more public support for marijuana law reform than ever before, with Pew Research Center reporting that 62 percent of Americans are in favor of marijuana legalization. And the legislative landscape is constantly changing—33 states have legalized medical marijuana and 10 states, along with Washington D.C., have legalized its recreational use. But it is still classified as a Schedule I drug, or a substance with high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use, under federal law. This contradictory legislation is creating a conundrum for organizations that have embraced strict drug-free workplace policies.

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CEO’s Letter: Protecting Our Own

HRO Today

By Elliot H. Clark

On February 15, 2019, a terminated employee at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, shot and killed the company’s HR manager, Clayton Parks, and an HR intern, Trevor Wehner, who had begun his internship that morning. A very tragic moment in a long line of tragic moments of unrestrained violence in a seemingly civilized world that has too many of these uncivilized incidents.

To be sure, there are numerous questions about why and how an illegally retained handgun was used. It is not the place of HRO Today to talk about the political issues of gun legislation, or in this case, existing firearms law enforcement. It is our place to ask: When HR is a target, how do we protect each other?

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Preventive Measures

Anti-Harassment Policies

In the #MeToo era, employers are taking a proactive approach to harassment policies and training.

By Jonathan D. Ash, Esq.

By now, employers should be aware that a comprehensive anti-harassment policy and annual anti-harassment training are critical components in preventing and defending against claims of harassment. A new year means a new opportunity to review existing employee handbooks and to map out a plan to provide harassment training for employees and supervisors.

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A Clean Slate

Screening

VP of HR Doug Harris shares how Clean Harbors is benefiting from its new pre-employment screening approach.

By Debbie Bolla

When you are in the business of removing some of the most hazardous materials in the world, there is no room for error when it comes to hiring nearly 5,000 employees a year. Nobody knows this better than Clean Harbors, North America’s leading provider of environmental and energy services responsible for end-to-end hazardous waste management, emergency spill response, industrial cleaning and maintenance, and recycling services. The organization is also the largest re-refiner and recycler of used oil in the United States. Critical to ensuring the company is hiring the right workers to meet stringent compliance standards is a thorough background screening process.

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Ensuring Fair Hiring Practices

Ban the Box

Criminal records are keeping millions of people out of the workforce but new policies are closing the divide.

By Marta Chmielowicz

77 million. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, that’s the number of American adults who have a criminal record—one in three.

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Complications in Crossing Borders

Immigration

Recent immigration regulations are creating new challenges for companies who rely on global talent.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Recent changes in U.S. immigration policy are creating roadblocks for American businesses and their employees—especially those who rely on global talent. According to Envoy Global Inc.’s 2017 Immigration Trends Report, globalization in the business world is on the rise. In fact, 55 percent of employers expected to hire more workers from overseas in 2017, up from 34 percent in the year prior. In addition, 63 percent of HR leaders claimed that hiring international employees is very or extremely important to their talent acquisition strategy—a significant leap from 42 percent in 2016.

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