Posts in Category: Employment Practices

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Social Media and The Workplace 

co-written by Marquerite Irefin and Jennifer H. Gorman, Esq., ABA Insurance Services

With social media everywhere, employers face unique challenges when it comes to their employees’ use and conduct.  Not surprisingly, employees have been known to share information about their employers, including negative statements and damaging information, sometimes hurting the employer’s reputation; however, challenging employee social media posts can be tricky, difficult and potentially illegal.

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Workplace hotlines in the era of Fox News 

by Laura Simmons

SafeAlert-Importance of Workplace HotlinesIn light of the recent events at Fox News, is your company providing and properly maintaining a hotline for employees to call and report harassment, discrimination or other workplace issues? Why would a company pay to provide a hotline and not publicize it to employees? Also, if they knew about it, why wouldn’t employees use this resource?

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Top 10 Ways to Avoid Employment Related Problems 

Employment-related lawsuits are difficult to deal with: emotions run high with personal issues often brought into play. Even when claims are meritless, defense costs can be substantial. The impact on morale and reputation can also be significant. The following tips may help reduce employment-related issues in your business and strengthen your defense if an action is brought.

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Be aware of liability when serving alcohol at company-sponsored functions 

With summer in full swing, many companies are planning group outings with alcoholic beverages being provided by the company. Business owners and managers should recognize that there is a legal liability associated with providing alcohol at these types of events that is not entirely unlike the risks borne by your local tavern owner.

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Fleet-footed investigations and prompt remedial action: the new normal 

The following article by Philip Storm, Earl M. (Chip) Jones, III and Greg Keating is reprinted with permission from Littler Mendelson

Whistleblowing has really become a hot issue. In March 2015, the SEC issued a half million dollar bounty award to a whistleblower, serving as a huge reminder to employers–including community banks–to have protocols in place to investigate and respond to internal complaints and concerns. The national law firm of Littler Mendelson, experts in employment and labor laws, shares some insight to effectively address internal concerns to prevent (potentially embarrassing) escalations of situations.

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Steps to encourage a harassment-free workplace 

Workplace harassment takes on many forms, making it difficult to tell the difference between normal office banter and offensive or unlawful behavior. Most of us agree that we want our workplace to have a friendly and enjoyable environment. There are some practical steps your bank can take to encourage a harassment-free environment, protecting it from claims and lawsuits.

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