5 Tips for HR to Help Corporate Avoid Holiday Party-related Legal Liability
“Angela drafted me into the party planning committee. Her memo said that we need to prepare for every possible disaster. Which to me, seems... excessive”.
– Ryan Howard, in a holiday episode of The Office.
The good news is that the holidays are here! The bad news is that Angela is right!
THE KEY TO GOOD FAITH INVESTIGATIONS
As the human resource professional in your organization you may be called upon to conduct a confidential investigation and as such, your methods and findings must be able to withstand the scrutiny which will most certainly occur.
Fair investigative treatment toward the complainant, subject of investigation and the witnesses will ensure that employment decisions will be asserted without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, age, physical, mental disability or any other discriminatory non-merit factor.
As underemployment continues to increase, more and more talented people are turning to the classified sections of their newspapers. At ISI this fact was impressively demonstrated a few weeks ago, when a single advertisement brought more than 300 responses from all over the United States----and a few from as far away as Germany and the Netherlands.
With so much interest focused on the Help Wanted columns, I’d like to comment on two words often included in job advertisements: Degree Required The frequent absurdity of these two words first struck me when, not long ago, I paused in front of a company bulletin board at ISI. One notice announced an opening within ISI.
As you probably know, the U.S. government operates with a staggering fiscal deficit. It’s projected that we will fall short by about $1.5 trillion this year. That amount of money is hard to imagine, and is largely ignored as we go about our daily lives.
But there’s one deficit that is starting to take its toll: the talent deficit. This is the number of jobs that go unfilled over a period of time due to a company’s inability to source and recruit the talent that it needs.
On July 26, 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Government agency that enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination,held a meeting that examined the use of arrest and conviction records of jobseekers by employers and how criminal background checks could be a discriminatory hiring barrier.