There is a familiar saying that it's not always what you know, but who you know. Personal connections can be valuable, which is why many business owners in Minnesota may consider hiring a family member.
Employers have the right to create a work environment and job requirements they feel will best promote the company's best interests. However, when doing so, it is crucial to have legal guidance so that you can be confident that any rules or policies you put in place comply with state and federal employment laws.
It is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of a person's protected class. Doing so opens an employer up to litigation. Below, we briefly examine discrimination laws and the basic elements you should understand if you are a business owner or employer in Minnesota.
No employer wants to lose talented, effective employees. Not only is it disappointing to lose a valued worker, but it can also cost more to hire and train someone to take that person's place than it is to retain the employee.
There are countless online platforms where people can express themselves, from social media profiles to comment sections on news websites. Unfortunately, not everyone realizes just how much their online statements can affect their offline lives.
When a company hires or promotes someone to a management role, it likely reflects that person's skills, knowledge, and training in a particular area. However, management is about more than being skilled or performing better than others in that one area in which they have worked. It is also a role that comes with important responsibilities, such as addressing employment matters in accordance with the law.
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.