Avoiding Holiday Legal Entanglements

It’s the happiest time of year – except for employers facing the potential of a religious discrimination lawsuit from employees due to holiday decorations, gift exchanges, and other festivities. While it may seem Grinch-like, such lawsuits are not uncommon. Just a few months ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) […]

Employers and the CCPA

Unless a California employer has been hiding under a rock, chances are that the company is aware of the impending California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Signed into law in June 2018 as a quickly-enacted compromise to prevent an even stricter initiative from appearing on the ballot, the CCPA is the […]

The Gig Economy

What is the Gig Economy? Currently, there is no official definition of the “gig economy” but can best be described as an engagement to complete a single task or project more or less to “work on-demand”. According to the Pew Research Center on Internet and Technology, more than one-third of the U.S. workforce is officially […]

Unconscious bias in the workplace

A new advertisement from Procter & Gamble features an African-American man going about his day. While walking down a street, a mother shuts her car window as he walks by; he garners suspicious glances while shopping and a couple elects not to sit near him in a restaurant. The commercial, […]

Hiring temps – how to keep it legal

Temporary employees. For some companies, they are a great option. Temps can provide needed help during a busy season, fill a short-term gap for an employee on an extended leave or provide expertise for a specific project. But there are several considerations to keep in mind when hiring temporary workers. […]

Harassment vs. workplace bullying

What is the difference between workplace bullying and harassment? Bullying and harassment often feature similar behaviors, such as offensive remarks or physical aggression. Workplace bullying is generally recognized as repeated, unreasonable and unwelcome behavior directed at a specific employee (or multiple employees) involving a power imbalance that results in psychological […]

Potential Issues in using Social Media Information in Employment Decisions (Discussion)

Below are some of the common issues and considerations for using social media information in employment decisions. Illegal discrimination According to a 2018 national survey conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring. While they may not be searching […]

Ninth Circuit Defines “Standalone, Clear and Conspicuous” Disclosure for Obtaining Employment-Purpose Background Checks

On January 29, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Gilberg v. California Check Cashing Stores, LLC instructed employers about the importance of complying with background check disclosure requirements found in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Pursuant to the federal statute, employers who want to obtain […]

74 Stay Interview Questions

The stay interview differs from an exit interview because, in a stay interview, you ask current employees why they continue to work for your organization. It allows you, the employer to address issues and/or concerns while the employee is still with your organization. At the exit interview, it’s because he […]