DID YOU KNOW?

Ninety-two percent of U.S. employers say that the severe skills shortage experienced by industries is negatively affecting employee productivity, engagement and retention, according to the Hays U.S. 2018 Salary Guide. Respondents revealed that a lack of training and development and fewer workers entering their industries were the main causes of the shortage. Contact us for … Continue reading DID YOU KNOW?

Obama-era Guidance on Marijuana Friendly Legislation Rescinded by Justice Department

On Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded guidance from the Obama administration that adopted non-interference policies with marijuana-friendly state legislations. Although many states have either legalized or decriminalized marijuana use, federal law still considers marijuana to be an illegal drug. The main Obama-era directive that is being rescinded is known as the … Continue reading Obama-era Guidance on Marijuana Friendly Legislation Rescinded by Justice Department

NEW REGULATIONS EXPAND EXEMPTIONS FROM THE CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE

On Oct. 6, 2017, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued two interim final rules expanding certain exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate. The first interim final rule expands the availability of the exemption for employers that object to providing contraceptive coverage based … Continue reading NEW REGULATIONS EXPAND EXEMPTIONS FROM THE CONTRACEPTIVE MANDATE

English-only Policies in the Workplace

There is no doubt that in order for business to be conducted efficiently, workers must be able to communicate with each other. To avoid issues, some employers may decide to implement a workplace policy that requires all workers to speak English at all times. However, implementing such a blanket policy on employee communication is likely … Continue reading English-only Policies in the Workplace

Tips for Implementing Progressive Discipline

Progressive discipline is a system that provides increasingly severe warnings for repeated employee conduct that either disregards the employer’s policies and procedures or fails to fulfill performance expectations. Using a system of progressive discipline in reaction to poor performance or rule violations can help employers avoid employee legal claims (for example, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, … Continue reading Tips for Implementing Progressive Discipline

Health Care Reform is now the “Law of the Land” – or is it?

I specifically waited until elections were over to write this piece.  I am not sure why, because in all honesty, the elections would have had a minor impact on this piece of legislation. Before you go off on a political rant, please hear me out. Over the past 2 years, I have devoted much of … Continue reading Health Care Reform is now the “Law of the Land” – or is it?