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March 2, 2021

How to Make Good Use of Your Employee Handbook

Employee handbooks are a nifty communication and reference tool for the workplace, but only if they’re used and not collecting dust on some physical (or digital) […]
February 25, 2021

Do I need to include an EEO statement in our job postings?

Question Do I need to include an EEO statement in our job postings? Answer Unless you are a federal contractor, you are not required to have […]
February 23, 2021

OSHA’s New COVID-19 Guidance

Question I’ve heard that OSHA released new COVID-19 workplace guidance. Are there any new requirements? Answer Technically, no. OSHA’s new guidance is advisory in nature and […]
February 19, 2021

Our Senior Legal Analyst Answers Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Over at Quora, our Senior Legal Analyst, Kara Gorvo, answers employer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. You can see her answers by clicking the links below:
February 18, 2021

Can we give an employee notice ahead of time that their employment will be terminated?

Question We are going to terminate an employee who has not been meeting expectations, even after several warnings. Could we give the employee notice that their […]
February 16, 2021

What are some typical examples of employee discipline?

Question What are some typical examples of employee discipline? Are there any you recommend? Answer Discipline should reflect the severity of the behavior, attempt to correct […]
February 11, 2021

How to Handle Workplace Romances

Cupid may not be on your payroll, but the mythical love god may well be active in your organization. Office romances are surprisingly common. Over half […]
February 10, 2021

What Small Businesses Can Teach Us in 2021

By Douglas Kelly, JD, Content Marketing Manager Based on responses from over 2,200 professionals to our October survey, there’s a bigger story at play than just […]
February 9, 2021

How do I determine whether a requested accommodation would be an undue hardship?

Question How do I determine whether a requested accommodation would be an undue hardship? Answer The basic definition of an undue hardship is an action that […]
February 5, 2021

Key Practices to Keep the Workplace Safe

In 1970, when Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Safety and Health Act into law, an estimated 14,000 workers were killed on the job every year. Fifty […]
February 2, 2021

How to Help Employees Communicate More Effectively

In an ideal world, communication would be easy. We’d immediately know exactly what to say or write. Emails, Slack messages, and reply threads would practically write […]
January 28, 2021

Does making employment temporary mean it can’t be at-will?

Question We’re hiring a temporary employee. Does specifying the expected end date of employment make the employment relationship contractual instead of at-will? Answer No. You can […]
December 19, 2016

New ERISA safe harbor for municipally sponsored IRAs

WASHINGTON – Increasing access to retirement savings opportunities is the surest way to help more of America’s workers secure their financial futures. Today, the U.S. Department […]
December 23, 2016

Suit seeks funds owed to retirement plan of Maryland company

Date of Action: Dec. 21, 2016 Type of Action: Complaint Name(s) of Defendant(s): Larry Porter, Susan Porter, SeaBoard Management LLC, SeaBoard Management Inc., and SeaBoard Management […]
December 28, 2016

US Labor Department provides updated guidance on proxy voting by employee benefits plans

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration announced today updated guidance for plan fiduciaries with respect to proxy voting. Specifically, the agency […]
January 5, 2017

US Labor Department sues First Bankers Trust Services, Inc., Sonnax Industries, Inc. and its owners, to recover losses to Vermont ESOP

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The U.S. Department of Labor is suing the fiduciaries of a Vermont employee stock ownership plan for violations of the Employee Retirement Income […]