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.
Employers have done some form of background checks or employment screening for decades. In the early days, it was mostly reference checking and resume verification. In the 1980’s and early 1990’s things started to get a lot more formal as vendors and providers began to offer pre employment screening as a service you could outsource. Prior to that, it was the risk manager or human resources department that did the background checks.
In the previous part to this series we began to look at the various types of wastes which could be hidden within your organization. In part 3 we continue that review with a look at the next three types of wastes.
Waste or Muda #4: Waiting
Waiting of any kind means that the process has slowed down.
Your advertisement for cashiers nets 100 applications. You want credit reports on each applicant. You plan to eliminate those with poor credit histories. What are your obligations?
You are considering a number of your long-term employees for major promotions. Can you check their credit reports to ensure that only financially responsible individuals are considered?