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New NLRB standard for reviewing legality of Handbook Policies
In December, there was more good news for employers who were hoping that regulators would take a more centrist approach to labor and employment policy.  There was another rollback of an Obama era regulatory interpretation at an agency that had been very activist in the last few years.  In early December, the National Labor Relations......
5 Steps to Start Building your Company Culture
Every business develops its culture whether intentionally or unintentionally – and it goes without saying that company culture has a lot to do with what type of employees that are attracted to your business, their job satisfaction levels and how well they will satisfy your customers. If your company is not deliberating working on developing.....
10 point checklist: Improve your Harassment policy and program in 2017
Your company’s efforts to prevent workplace harassment is still a very important step in controlling the risk of employment lawsuit liability in 2017.  In a 2016 report, the EEOC stated that harassment is still a significant workplace issue and one-third of the 90,000 annual charges have an allegation of harassment. So, even though harassmen...
Positive drug test and Workers’ Comp: Can TPD benefits be stopped?
Florida employers with a drug free workplace have the right to terminate an employee that tests positive for illegal drugs.  What happens when the employee tests positive for drugs after a post-accident drug test, and the employee is receiving temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits?  The Florida work comp statute states that “misconduct”...
Policy banning workplace recordings unlawful
Here we go again!  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) (the activist agency that declared many common employer policies meant to establish professionalism, workplace cooperation and congeniality to be unlawful) has done it again.  In late December 2015, the NLRB ruled that Whole Foods Market policy prohibiting the recording of conversations...
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