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Employees exercising power on moral grounds

The traditional power structure in a company seems to be one of two different approaches. There is the top-down method where the boss or board is in charge, and there is the bottom-up structure where unions or groups of employees exercise certain powers. In the era of open office plans and flat management structures, the latter approach seems to be gaining momentum, particularly in the tech industry where innovation, speed, coordination and communication are prized.

Marijuana business ends in acrimony and bankruptcy

The head of the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and a noted grower/activist couple are heading to court in Oregon. The couple and the man originally planned to start a legal marijuana growing operation after they separately ran afoul of authorities in other states.

Breast-feeding workers often face discrimination

Many breast-feeding employees complain about the accommodations they are offered. The rooms are often not suitable and usually inconvenient. However, it gets worse. A new study finds that two-thirds of breast-feeding employees have faced some form of discrimination in the last decade that has led to losing their jobs.

OSHA urges employers to be aware of winter hazards

Folks here in Georgia do not see the same kind of cold that our neighbors in the north do. However, it is a fact that the temperatures do drop and it does not need to be sub-zero for workers to suffer from weather-related injuries or illness.

Debunking excuses for failed drug tests

Drug testing is important to some employers, particularly if they have staff operating dangerous machinery or workers have access to sensitive information. It can also throw a wrench in the candidacy a promising hire. There are common excuses why someone fails a drug test, including using prescribed medication. However, drug testing and background screening firm provides some insightful tips regarding drug-testing myths.

The gender gap in the 2018 workplace

The #MeToo movement has impacted the prospects of businesses, arts organizations, government institutions, schools and everywhere else. One thing they all have in common is that women have come forward to share painful and inappropriate behavior of men (although a few women have been named as well).

The tax reforms impact on small business’ accounting

It has been nearly one year since President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Back then, we initially discussed a couple of major points of how the new law would small businesses, which include the lowering of corporate taxes and a new deduction for pass through businesses. However, more has become clear since then, with the IRS providing guidelines and analysis of the matter, particularly in regards to the cash method of accounting.

Employers and employees disagree on the impact of #MeToo

The year 2018 will be remembered for many things, including the rise of the #MeToo movement involving sexual harassment. To that end, there have been a number of high-profile allegations made in the worlds of business, media, politics and elsewhere.

IBM faces suit over age discrimination

Big Blue is facing a class action lawsuit after being accused of illegally dismissing thousands of U.S. employees. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the suit alleges that three plaintiffs were fired because of their age. The suit goes on to point out that IBM laid off older employees in disproportionate numbers to younger employees. The complaint also alleges that the company did not hire older individuals for open positions.

Colins Kaepernick's case against the NFL will go forward

Nike's new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick courts controversy but it more than delivers on raising the profile of the athletic wear company. The company now has doubled down with a signature athletic wear line for the out-of-work quarterback. 

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