Tag Archives: Risk & Compliance

Crisis and Opportunity in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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.

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Fostering Respect and Inclusion

Harassment Training

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.

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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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Decreasing the Gap

Gender Pay Gap

Faced with stricter pay reporting regulations, UK companies are implementing recruitment strategies to increase diversity.

By Simon Kent

The UK’s gender pay gap reporting regulations, which require organisations with more than 250 employees to publish their pay gap data, have revealed the significant and entrenched gender inequality that exists in the workplace. But on its own, the initiative is not enough to change the problems it highlights.

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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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The Duty of Care

Workplace Safety

Five steps to ensure employee safety through location awareness and active shooter preparedness drills.

By Cara Antonacci

Executives, HR leaders, and security professionals have a “duty of care” to uphold to keep their people safe. Given the increased prevalence of workplace violence and active shooter situations, this responsibility has only been magnified. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16,890 workers in the private industry experienced trauma from nonfatal workplace violence in 2016. To compound that issue, the workforce is becoming increasingly mobile and remote. In fact, IDC predicts that 72 percent of workers will be mobile in some capacity by 2020. Employees are more vulnerable than ever to global travel, security, and safety risks, and many HR departments are unsure about where to begin to secure the safety of their entire organization.

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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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Overcoming Uncertainty

Brexit

Strategies to remain compliant as Brexit becomes a reality.

By Simon Kent

To say European businesses having been operating in a time of uncertainty could qualify as the understatement of the year. From the moment the U.K. voted to leave the EU to just before Brexit is meant to take place, there have been huge questions raised concerning the right of employees to work across countries within the EU and beyond. Frustratingly for everyone, answers have been few and far between, leaving organisations to speculate on what they might need to do to secure and manage their international workforces. Some are even faced with the prospect of having to prepare for every eventuality.

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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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