September 2016

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Stalking in the Workplace - Steps to
Protect Your Employees

HR Stories From The Front Lines*

Love is a beautiful thing, but not when unrequited love invades the workplace. What do you do when a former employee’s romantic interest in another employee turns into stalking? Are you obligated to intervene?

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(*This incident really happened; but names and other details have been changed.)

Stay Up to Date on the Latest Employment Legal Updates

It's Time for Your Handbook Check-Up
It's the Final Countdown
EEOC Releases New Religious Discrimination Guidance
Hiring Unauthorized Workers is Getting More Expensive
The NLRB's Handbook Assault Continues
EEOC Releases New Retaliation Guidance Materials
EEOC Attacks A Pre-Employment Drug Testing Policy

Arizona: Independent Contractor Status Newly Defined in Arizona
California: Pay Reporting Requirements - Are Your Pay Stubs Compliant?
California: Pay Reporting Requirements – New Limitation for Reporting Total Hours Worked
California: New Lessons for Employers Regarding the Interactive Process
California: New Law Takes New Steps to Prevent Labor Trafficking
California: Retirement is a Form of Quitting Under the California Labor Code
Colorado: Two New Mandatory Posters for Colorado Employers
Colorado: Colorado's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Effective This Week
Delaware: Delaware Ends Compensation Secrecy Rules
Illinois: New Amendments Expand Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act
Illinois: Illinois Now Requires Child Bereavement Leave
Illinois: Coming Soon to Illinois - Family Caregiver Leave
Massachusetts: New Amendments To Massachusetts’ Blue Laws
Massachusetts: Massachusetts Equal Pay Law -- Amended
Massachusetts: New Protections for Veterans in Massachusetts
Maryland: New Maryland Minimum Wage and Overtime Law Notice
Mississippi: Mississippi Employers – Check Your Workplace Weapons Policies
Ohio: Workers' Compensation Retaliation Claim Doesn’t Include Workplace Injury in Ohio
Wisconsin: New Notice to Workers with Disabilities Paid at Special Minimum Wage
Wisconsin: Anti-Poaching Provisions Unlawful in Wisconsin

Can You Curb Watercooler
Political Banter?

Brain Teaser

Election day is fast approaching and not even the workplace can escape the debate regarding the remaining Presidential candidates. Passionate loyalty for party nominees can lead to heated discussions around the watercooler. Potentially adding to tensions, some workers are showing up to work wearing campaign buttons declaring support for a particular candidate. Naturally, employers do not want to see the political discourse lead to conflict in the workplace.

What can you do to keep the peace in the workplace?
  1. There is nothing you can do. Prohibiting employees from discussing their political views would infringe upon their rights to free speech and is prohibited by the First Amendment.
  2. Employers are able to limit political speech so long as the prohibition is equally applied and does not interfere with employees’ right to discuss the terms and conditions of their employment.
  3. Employers can prohibit all political discussions in the workplace – regardless of the topic.
  4. Employers can only prohibit political discussions if those discussions actually cause a disruption in the workplace.
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Holy Mackerel! What is That Smell?
Manager Training

Have you received complaints from employees about a smelly coworker? Whether it is perfume/cologne, body odor or bad breath, the "stinky" employee is a growing workplace problem. Read ahead to learn how to sensitively address this odorous situation.

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