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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. 

Right to work law overturned in Missouri

Georgia is one of 27 U.S. states who have right to work laws on the books. This law ensures that employers have the freedom to choose their own employees. Unions, on the other hand, prefer that employers hire union employees or at least require non-union employees to pay certain fees for the union’s work negotiating contract terms regarding pay and benefits as well as protecting rights of workers.

Lack of security protocols can cause PR nightmares

Everyone knows about the importance of changing passwords. This is particularly true for those operating businesses. Not every employee is going to leave under the best of terms, and they may intend to cause harm to the company regardless of their termination and severance agreements.

Five mistakes employers make with FMLA

It is common for small and mid-sized employers to have employees who need to take several weeks of unpaid leave due to serious illness or a family emergency. This often means that employees will trigger that leave through the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides employees who are eligible up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave per year. This act is designed enable employees to balance work and family responsibilities for a reasonable amount of time.

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.

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