Discrimination and Harassment
Discrimination and harassment claims often increase in a down economy. Learn the proper techniques for conducing proper workplace harassment investigations, providing sexual harassment training, and more to reduce claims of employment discrimination and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.
Be very leery about setting rules that ban one gender or another from certain positions. Such a policy may be legal if you can prove that gender is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) for a position. But courts will likely be skeptical if the job can be done by both sexes without violating any laws or with an easy accommodation.
You don't want to play den mother to your employees, but a new trend gaining publicity may put you in that role. So-called "workplace bullying" is no longer something you can shrug off. If you see it, you'd better try to stop it.
Many employees forget—or don't realize—that employer-provided benefits make up a big portion of their compensation.
If you offer health insurance to retired employees, a new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruling says you can reduce or eliminate those benefits after the ex-employee becomes eligible for Medicare at age 65.
Risk: You risk a discrimination lawsuit if this policy doesn't have a sound business reason ...
Risk: "Retiring" an employee before he's ready can open the organization to ...