Monthly Archives: August 2009

Form of the Month

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE POLICY (PDF) More and more employers are using video to monitor employee and customer activity. Use this checklist to make sure you get it right. (HR That Works Users can access this form in Word format by logging on to the site).

USE WORKSTATION ERGONOMIC ASSESSMENT TO PREVENT AND REMEDIATE REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is the No. 1 occupational health problem in the U.S., resulting in more than $20 billion a year in Workers Compensation costs (according to OSHA), plus another $100 billion in lost productivity, employee turnover, and other expenses (Agency for Health Care Policy and Research). RSIs develop as a result of repeated… Read more »

E-VERIFY TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 8, 2009

The governments E-Verify System will become effective on September 8, 2009. Under the new system, all contractors and subcontractors working on federal projects will be required to utilize the E-Verify System to ensure that their employees are eligible to work in the United States. E-Verify is an Internet-data system operated by the DHS in partnership… Read more »

WHAT IS A DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION?

If you have more than 15 employees, you’re required to accommodate a disabled employee. If you’re in California, that obligation starts at five employees. Just what is an accommodation? According to the EEOC, FEHC, and Job Accommodation Network, possible job accommodations include: Modifying facilities Job restructuring Part time or modified work schedules (creating a full… Read more »

PROPER POLICY, BUT NO TRAINING, COSTS EMPLOYER

A policy prohibiting workplace harassment and instructing employees on how to report it is only as effective as the training supervisors and employees receive and the level of accountability the employer requires. The federal district course case of King v. Interstate Brands Corp. offers a valuable lesson for employers that having a good policy might… Read more »

OPINIONS THAT MATTER

Several times a year, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor issues opinion letters as guidance on wage and hour legal issues. A recent letter discussed the calculation of salary deductions, job bonuses, tipping pools, salary reductions and exempt status, overtime and numerous classification issues. California employers can find similar opinion letters… Read more »

NEGLIGENT HIRING: SETTING THE LIMITS

On occasion employers will be sued for an employee’s wrongful act committed after work hours or off the employer’s premises. Often the argument is the employer was negligent in hiring the employee in the first place. Recent cases have made clear that the concept of negligent hiring is limited to being “unfit” for the specific… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: TRENDS IN HR

Every month I review a variety of HR publications and blogs, including HR Magazine, Workforce Management, HR Florida Review, The California Labor Employment Review, and others. Here are subjects that appear to be at the top of HR’s collective mind: Managing layoffs and terminations. Do this in a way that doesn’t generate lawsuits and demotivate… Read more »