Resolving disputes between employers and employees can be a complicated and acrimonious process. Unfortunately, it can be costly in terms of time, resources, and money to settle these matters, so it is not surprising that employers often favor options that make the process easier and less expensive.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is an emotional, legal, and political hot-button issue. In recent months, there have been countless instances of harassment victims coming forward to report allegations of misconduct, and these reports have led to widespread scrutiny over workplace harassment policies and laws.
This week, people across the country wore red in support of Equal Pay Day, which is a day to recognize, and to bring awareness to the gender pay gap. As noted in this recent Bloomberg article, statistics show that women still earn about 20 percent less than their male colleagues.
Workplace discrimination and harassment are pervasive problems. Recently, there has been a flood of reports and allegations detailing such misconduct in industries ranging from entertainment to technology and this has led to national movements to stop sexual harassment and discrimination.
Did you know that millennial professionals value work-life balance over the accumulation of wealth and the appointment to leadership positions? This is the case, according to a recent survey by World Services Group.
With the recent spate of sexual harassment allegations resulting in numerous ousters and resignations, sensitivity is running high. At the same time, a lot of workers are concerned about what actually constitutes illegal workplace activity.
Historically, people chose careers in veterinary medicine because they liked working with animals. That is still an important motive today but, in modern times, veterinary clinics and other professional offices also know they must keep pace with the changes and legal requirements of their respective industries.
Taking adverse action against an employee is not a decision employers should take lightly. Not only can these actions affect workplace relationships and morale, they can also lead to messy legal battles. This is especially true if an employment decision is retaliatory.
In recent weeks, stories of sexual harassment against women in the entertainment industry have been widely reported. However, sexual harassment is an issue facing every worker in every industry (as evidenced by the overwhelming number of #MeToo social media postings). It has always been crucial for employers to understand their obligations and options with regard to responding to complaints of sexual harassment; now is a good time to take another look.
Employers have a number of legal tools to protect themselves, their company, and their employees. One of these tools is an employee handbook.