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EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

Supreme Court ruling extends workplace protections to LGBTQ workers

By Mike O’Brien bio SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND TRANSGENDER STATUS NOW ARE PROTECTED CLASSES NATIONALLY: Federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees, the United States Supreme Court announced June 15 in a landmark ruling. The historic decision will extend workplace anti-discrimination and anti-harassment protections to about 8 million LGBTQ workers nationwide. The ruling also vindicates a position long taken by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It is a defeat, however, for the Trump administration, which opposed the EEOC. President Trump instructed the Department of Justice to argue that the provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that bars discrimination based on sex did not extend to claims of gender identity and sexual orientation bias. This led to the odd circumstance where two parts of the same government argued for opposite… . . . read more.

Five reasons you need an employee handbook

By Julie Ellison bio For many employers, the idea of creating an Employee Handbook is overwhelming.  But the importance of having one should outweigh that hesitancy given the peace of mind it can provide you while you are busy running your law firm or business. An Employee Handbook is your roadmap for what your employees can expect from you and what you expect from your employees.  It should be simple, straightforward and relevant.  Not having one in place can create huge headaches that are completely avoidable. Here are five good reasons to have an employee handbook: 1. Handbooks Set Employee Expectations Handbooks allow you to clearly set forth everything from job responsibilities to disciplinary procedures, thus keeping employee expectations consistent with the employer. Experience teaches us that employees are willing to… . . . read more.

COMPLIANCE

Hiring and firing risk factor: careless words

Today’s administrators need to be aware of the casual – albeit well meant – words that are bringing on claims of discrimination. Legal risks of both hiring and firing include careless words, says employment law attorney Donald W. Benson, a partner with Hall Booth Smith in Atlanta. The friendly hiring remark The dangers start with the interview, where a wrong comment can generate a claim no employer ever expects, says Benson. Everybody knows not to ask the obvious questions of “are you married?” or “do you have children?” or “are you planning to have a family in the future?” Yet many an interviewer brings up a discriminatory topic obliquely and unwittingly in an effort to build rapport with a candidate, never thinking about the danger. Remarks such as “we have a… . . . read more.

MANAGING STAFF

5 easy ways to boost employee morale

How can the manager improve morale? Here are five morale-boosters to try in your office…


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HIRING

The best ways to find and hire qualified office staff

Recruiting staff
Do you struggle to find qualified office staff who are also a good fit for your practice? It can be very difficult to figure…


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TRAINING

In California office, the training starts on day 1 and never ends

No manager can set expectations without giving staff the tools to achieve them, says a California administrator. And the main tool for it all is…


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READER TIPS

Pick up on these revealing “non-verbal cues” to avoid hiring problem staffers

Good interviewing requires resume evaluation and a bit of psychology, says office manager Scott Ford of Dixie Primary Care in…


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MANAGING STAFF

Give a ‘wake-up call’ to these 3 common types of “nightmare staffers”

Nightmare employees come in all sorts of packages. Here are three of them: the staffer who always has an excuse, the staffer who…


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TERMINATION

Follow these 5 rules when firing a staffer

Managers make a lot of clumsy mistakes with firings. And it’s usually because they don’t know what to say. Sometimes they want to make the firing easier on…


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HIRING

5 proven ways to keep “toxic employees” off your payroll

Got toxins in the office? Toxins are people who cause dissent. They undermine people. They create an atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion. They kill the…


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