One in three people admit to having been sexually harassed at work in the US. This number doesn’t even encompass those who have experienced sexual harassment but are uncomfortable discussing the events.
Sexual Harassment is a gender-neutral offense and affects thousands of individuals every year. In 2016, there were 6,758 sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC.
Ideally, the best approach to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace is prevention. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. SIA Group is here to provide your organization with steps to reduce, manage and hopefully eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.
First, all organizations should adopt a clear Sexual Harassment Policy
It’s a call every business owner dreads: An employee’s spouse calls you tearfully on a Monday morning. One of your workers won’t be there anymore – he was killed in a car accident over the weekend. The next question she may have is this: “Was there any life insurance in place from work?”
It’s entirely within your power to answer her “yes.” And then go on to say, “Your husband loved you. Your photo is on his desk. You’re going to be ok.”
What Is Employer Group Life Insurance?
Employer group life insurance provides your workers an easy, convenient way to provide valuable life insurance protection for their loved ones at an affordable price – in some cases without regard to their medical condition or medical histories. Employees can sign up at work, doing the paperwork along with the rest of their benefit paperwork.
Advantages to You, the Employer<
More and more work site compliance audits and restrictive E-Verify laws from the government are making immigration compliance with employment eligibility a very critical function for HR departments in many companies across the United States. Employers in the United States have been under strict watch to ensure they are keeping a legal workforce. When employers complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form for every worker they hire, they are able to show that they are working to meet the requirements for verifying identification and eligibility to work in the United States.
Researchers have conducted studies that showed a typical business will usually have errors on roughly 50% of their I-9 forms. This can be a serious issue, because each mistake can result in harsh penalties. In addition to penalties employers could lose their business licenses. Federal contractors can be debarred and claim applicants may be able to show discrimination proof or proof of other cla
If you have been watching the news over the past year or so, you were aware that changes were coming in regard to the FLSA and its salary-basis test. Yesterday, those updates were released, and here are the key points you need to know:
The new salary threshold will be $47,476 annually (or $913 weekly) – more than double the previous threshold of $23,660 annually (or $455 weekly).
Stefani M. Butschle, Esq.
Director of Human Resources and In-House Counsel
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that most employees be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime for all hours worked over 40 hours in a work week. However, the FLSA provides an exemption for those working in certain roles, commonly referred to as “white collar exemptions.”
Exemptions are based on an employee’s specific job duties and compensation received – not on the job title itself. Conducting annual exemption assessments for all positions within your company can save you thousands of dollars should a lawsuit be initiated.
The FLSA has authorized the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor to assess penalties up to $1,100 per violation. In addition, the employer would be responsible for back-pay
Chelsea Evans Jones, sHRBP, HCS, SWP
Human Capital Strategist
Looking to reduce costs when it comes to employee benefits? In today’s world, we understand that some healthcare costs can’t be avoided… Administrative costs associated with employee benefits doesn’t have to be one of them!
One of the easiest ways companies can reduce the administrative costs associated with the delivery and management of employee benefits is to automate as much of the process as possible. Technological advances are changing the workplace and now, more than ever, employees use their smartphones and tablets to access information. Studies show that 79% of individuals between the ages of 30-49 are smartphone users and 85% of individuals between the ages of 18-29 are smartphone users.
After a recent ordinance was passed in Charlotte, the North Carolina General Assembly called lawmakers back to Raleigh for a special session. This session was brought specifically to overturn this ordinance, which aimed to ban discrimination against LGBT individuals. The most controversial provision allowed transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender with which they identify.
However, notably, the new law, Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (H.B. 2), has a far more encompassing impact: it not only prevents any local government from passing any anti-discrimination ordinances in regard to any class not specifically listed as a protected class per state law (gender/gender-identity and sexual orientation being excluded), but mandates that any individual in a public school or agency must use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate. This is the first instance in which the use of bathrooms has been tied to a pers
According to the 2015 Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, published by Seyfarth Shaw (a well respected law firm headquartered in Chicago) summarizing nationwide workplace class-action litigation, settlements in claims brought under the Employee Income Retirement Security Act (ERISA) topped more than $1.3 billion.
The report notes that there were a total of 7,163 ERISA claims filed, but the more astounding number was the total settlement figure for ERISA class-action claims – the massive $1.3 billion. As a basis for comparison, the class-action settlements for wage and hour and employee discrimination cases were a combined $443 million during the same period.
These numbers should serve as a reminder that the DOL is serious about ERISA compliance. Now is the time to plan & complete your 2016 filings and reports in order to eliminate potential penalties and the time wasted in pulling together documentation for a 5500 filing, distri
The majority of new business owners are mostly concerned about everything being favorable for the safety and success of their businesses, which means they must obtain the necessary business insurance. However, complacency can result from success and longevity. For example, if a person started a business 10 years ago with only a small workspace but has an office with multiple … Continue reading Why it is Important to Review Business Insurance Annually →
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