Employers across Minnesota and Wisconsin are likely familiar with the gender gap, or the discrepancy between wages and opportunities for male and female employees. However, there is another type of gap that puts female workers at a disadvantage: the grooming gap.
Recently, the phrase, "Ok, Boomer" has become a catch-all response from millennials and Generation Zers to older people who have expressed an opinion. What might have started as a harmless meme online has grown into a worldwide phenomenon.
Workplace dynamics and culture are naturally affected by sexual harassment, but the same is true when co-workers engage in a consensual romantic relationship. It can affect things like promotions, terminations, and other decisions that affect how employees are grouped and work together. How, and whether, you set rules for dating and intimacy among employees could have a dramatic effect on the workplace itself. It can also affect the legal complications you may face in the future.
State and federal laws require Minnesota employers to provide accommodations to workers with disabilities. Any employer that does not comply with these laws can face harsh penalties and costly legal battles.
Workplace culture and dynamics are not always as positive as employers and employees would hope. In some cases, a workplace becomes so negative and harmful for an employee that it constitutes a hostile work environment.
Employers across the state have all sorts of approaches to sick time, vacation time, and personal leave. Some leaves are paid, some are not. Some leaves are based in state law, others federal law and, in some cases, even city ordinance. So, what exactly is a Minnesota employee entitled to?
Making the decision to let an employee go is rarely an easy one. Firing someone affects that person's life and leaves a space in the workforce that an employer must often fill. As such, employers typically do not fire people on a whim.
Adding new employees is risky business. It's expensive to train them, and there's no guarantee they'll work out. Sometimes new employees don't blend well with existing personalities or office culture. As such, employers typically want to know as much as possible about a candidate before they throw them into the mix.
Paying employees properly is a primary responsibility for Minnesota employers. Not only does it reflect well on the company, it also prevents costly legal battles and protects workers' rights.