How HR leaders manage during a time of uncertainty.
By Michael Switow
Petrol bombs, flight cancellations, road blockades, train suspensions, tear gas, and water cannons. Millions of Hong Kong residents have taken to the streets to protest peacefully, but violent images from the city’s “season of discontent” have unnerved the public and shaken business confidence.
Understanding policy is only one part of an effective harassment training program.
By Andrew Rawson
Since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, one of the main challenges for HR leaders is how to implement an effective sexual harassment training program. Today’s programs need to be relevant to a diverse workforce, up to date with evolving laws, and part of the organization’s strategy to improve workplace culture.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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