What Is the CROWN Act? Everything Employers Need to Know

September 13, 2022

Over the last few years, you’ve likely heard of the CROWN Act. The appropriate acronym, CROWN, stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.” The law addresses hair grooming policies in workplaces and schools to prevent hair discrimination. Black people have faced discrimination against natural hairstyles and textures for generations. In fact,… Read More »

5 Steps to Conducting a Thorough Workplace Harassment Investigation

August 17, 2022

We’ve already discussed what can constitute workplace harassment and why every employer needs an anti-harassment policy and process for handling complaints.  But what is the right way to conduct a harassment investigation? According to Embroker, from 2019 to 2020, there was a 115% increase in defense costs for insurance claims related to harassment. It goes… Read More »

How Should Employers Handle Harassment Complaints?

August 9, 2022

You hope it never happens—the dreaded harassment complaint. But you work with humans, and workplace harassment still occurs today. In fact, the EEO reports that discrimination based on retaliation, disability, race, or sex makes up more than 30% of all charges.  Employers are responsible for ensuring safe and healthy workplaces. This includes taking steps to… Read More »

Why an Anti-Harassment Policy is Essential for Every Employer

August 2, 2022

There’s a lot of talk about workplace harassment right now, from bullying to sexual harassment. And rightfully so: It’s a serious problem that can have lasting effects on victims and their careers.  But what does an anti-harassment policy do for employers? A good one will not only help prevent harassment but also keep the company… Read More »

Is Juneteenth a Federal Holiday? What It Means for Employers

July 12, 2022

Although significant holiday changes don’t occur frequently, employers who offer paid time off (PTO) and follow the federal holidays must stay on top of legal holiday additions. You’ll need to: Update your holiday and PTO policy. Be aware of how holidays affect payroll and processing direct deposits. Keep up with your state’s legal holiday requirements.… Read More »

5 Critical Questions on Mask & Vaccine Mandates for Independent Contractors

February 15, 2022
5 Critical Questions on Mask & Vaccine Mandates for Independent Contractors

While the nationwide vaccine mandate was blocked in January, businesses can still implement masking, vaccination, and testing requirements. But there are still many questions and little official guidance for employers – particularly around independent contractors.  If you decide to put these requirements in place, you need to be prepared for specific situations. These include medical… Read More »

5 Steps to Handling Religious Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates

December 13, 2021
5 Steps to Handling Religious Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates

Is your company considering a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees? Perhaps you already have one? This delicate area can lead to questions and concerns, particularly religious exemptions.  Organizations considering or already have instituted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate should prepare for this exact scenario. Employers must know what type of objections are protected under the anti-discrimination… Read More »

Easy Guide to Paid Leave Policies: PTO vs. Sick Leave vs. Vacation

November 16, 2021
Easy Guide to Paid Leave Policies: PTO vs. Sick Leave vs. Vacation

What is the difference between paid time off (PTO), paid sick leave, paid vacation, and paid personal leave? And how do you know which type of paid leave program you should offer?  Don’t worry—it doesn’t have to be too complicated. On a high level, employers have two options: Either institute an overarching PTO policy or… Read More »