Archive for August, 2019

He Said, She Said: What Do You Do?

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It can be unfortunate to imagine a sexual harassment complaint happening in your workplace. While you hope your employees are never put in that position, it is vital that you are prepared to conduct a prompt investigation and come to a decision, which can often come down to determining the credibility of those involved. Particularly in small companies, investigations can produce a tidal wave of disruption — employees are distracted, rumors fly, and productivity falls. While you do your best to hire well and create a culture where sexual harassment is unlikely, ensuring a speedy investigation and solid resolution can…

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Pay Equity: More than Equal Pay for Equal Work

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Since the Industrial Revolution, American women have been fighting for pay equality. Social activism and political pressure eventually led to the Equal Pay Law of 1963, but despite this step forward progress has continued to be slow. Today, women make an estimated 80% lower median income than their male counterparts. This statistic is frustrating enough but becomes even more extreme when minority women are compared to their white male counterparts, many making as low as 63% of the salary their white male coworkers make. While the argument has never really disappeared, it was brought back to the limelight this year….

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Complying with the FCRA

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was enacted in the 1970s to help consumers resolve inaccuracies in their credit reports. Later, in 1996, it was expanded to include employment background checks, now defined under this law as consumer reports. Under the FCRA, employers using a third party to provide background checks on their employees must follow specific regulations and procedures as well as provide specific documentation to job candidates throughout the process. In this context, background checks can include credit reports, education and employer verification, criminal history reports, driving records, or drug tests, among other investigative reports. If an employer…

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Servant Leadership and Empowering Employee Success

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A term coined in the 1970’s, ‘servant leadership’ describes a person-focused style of leadership. A servant leader will put their employees and their community first. Rather than placing their focus on personal success, they strive to empower team success, putting the needs of their employees before their own.  While this style of leadership can feel extreme, studies show that it can be very successful. Large corporations, like Starbucks and Southwest, encourage their management teams to take a servant leadership approach. Servant leadership is revolutionary in its focus on a serve-first mindset, where management is consistently doing their best to serve…

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