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June 2018 Archives

Recognizing sexual harassment in the workplace

Flirting and crude jokes are a part of the work environment in many industries. Whether your coworkers catcall an associate as she walks past, or you and your office mates laugh over a racy joke in the break room, it would seem like behavior of a sexual nature is normal and even encouraged. Like many Georgia residents, you may wonder if this behavior is acceptable or qualifies as sexual harassment.

Pregnancy still impacts women’s professional advancement

Many companies have put a lot of time and effort into developing, supporting and retaining women employees. Yet the New York Times articles recently published a series articles about the plight of women in the workplace. One example zeros in on the negative impact pregnancy has upon professional advancement, pointing out that this is often the issue women bumps into before the glass ceiling, but impacts employees ranging from Wall Street executives to Walmart cashiers.

Using dispute resolutions clauses in contracts

Business entities entering into an agreement may include clauses for dispute resolution. While this may seem aggressive or cynical, these commonly used clauses can provide a helpful map to resolving a dispute between the two sides during the time of the contract. As an insightful article at Mediate.com pointed out, basic language not tailored to fit the needs of the arrangement will often do nothing to help resolve the matter, but dispute resolution (DR) clauses that address the needs of the contract can be extremely helpful.

What are some common HR mistakes that small businesses make?

Whether you are a small business or not often depends on the industry you are in. For example, in finance and insurance, the Small Business Administration considers you a small business even if you have up to 1,500 employees. If you provide professional, scientific or technical services, your business might be considered small even if you have 1,000 employees and bring in $20 million a year.

Aetna sues watchdog group

Aetna has been in an ongoing battle with the non-profit Consumer Watchdog. The latter sued the insurance carrier for insisting that HIV medication be handled by mail rather than customers going to a pharmacy. The bigger issue, however, was that the insurance provider’s correspondence and delivery of the medication used paned envelops that revealed thousands of customer’s HIV status next to their name and address.

OSHA Instructs company to rehire flight instructor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) informed SIMCOM Training Centers of Orlando to rehire a flight instructor who was dismissed. According to a press release on OSHA’s web site, the instructor was harassed, denied the chance to train students and subsequently terminated.

Starbucks closes for anti-bias training

The Starbuck’s coffee chain closed 8,000 stores and offices across the U.S. for three or more hours on May 29 for anti-bias training. All sites would remain closed afterwards for the rest of the day. Starting after lunch rush, an estimated 180,000 employees received a “tool kit” that focused on educating them on “prejudice and the history of public accommodations in the U.S.” According to the company, this is the first of a series that will address all types of bias and experience.

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