Most of us tend to regard occupational safety and health programs as belonging to the realm of human resources or personnel management. And while you have experienced a corporate fire drill or received basic first aid training, it's doubtful that you've ever given much thought to what efforts your employer was required to take, by law, to ensure that you and your colleagues were protected from workplace hazards.
Despite recent federal appellate court decisions that hold that private employers may refuse to hire someone based on past bankruptcies, hiring managers and Human Resource departments across the country should give pause to consider whether such a policy is related to the job being sought, and a business necessity.
The reason being is that the recent court decisions may give hiring managers a false sense of security which could cause their hiring decisions to be at odds with the EEOC’s long-held stance on the legality of considering certain data in making hiring decisions.
Whether it's downloading and sharing company confidential information (a hot topic these days), manipulating expense reports, or stealing merchandise- employee theft and fraud is a serious issue for business owners. In fact, studies show that occupational fraud now results in the loss of five percent of an organizatio-s annual revenue.
The scandal surrounding Representative Anthony Weiner’s exchange of sexually explicit photos and messages over social media, e-mail, and text messaging highlights for employers the dangers involving employee misuse of social media and company electronic equipment.
Employers should take this opportunity to understand the risks involving employee use of social media and company equipment, create or update any policies addressing such use, and train supervisors and employees on those policies.
Natural disasters like the kind we recently have witnessed in the flood-ravaged areas of the southern United States raise a host of issues for employers. Some wonder whether they are required to pay their employees during suspended operations; others are unsure whether and to what extent health benefits should be offered.