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Handling a sexual harassment claim involving a staff member
Sexual harassment is an incredibly challenging issue for many businesses, whether an employer does not realize that a workers’ rights violations are taking place or a staff member falsely accuses someone in the company of sexually harassing them. Either way, it is imperative
The many facets of workplace diversity
As the nation continues to evaluate its relationship with racial equality, employers and employees across all sectors understandably may be looking at their workplaces with new points of view. The concept of diversity in the workplace is anything but new, yet it has
Understand California break and lunch requirements
If you are opening a new California business or expanding an existing operation, you may be hiring workers for the first time. You must abide by the state’s wage and hour laws to avoid a costly lawsuit. Review and understand the required break
The difference between mediation and arbitration
Despite your attempts to comply with all local, state and federal regulations regarding employment, you may eventually find yourself in dispute with a current or former employee. Alternative dispute resolution techniques are available in place of litigation and offer benefits to you and
Setting reasonable diversity inclusion goals
If your company is lacking in diversity, it could signal a need for a diversity initiative. After all, you do not want to violate (or appear to violate) anti-discrimination statutes. The ACLU notes that the law allows you to set inclusion goals as
How can employers avoid discrimination claims?
Allegations of harassment and discrimination within a place of work can have a damaging impact on your business. It is crucial for employers to create an encouraging and welcoming environment for all workers, while also taking claims of discrimination seriously when they arise.
When should you use mediation to resolve workplace disputes?
Diverse opinions, working styles and approaches to a project make your workplace strong and healthy. Unfortunately, it can also lead to clashes. As an employer, disputes among your employees can be stressful and difficult to manage. Depending on the size of your business,
A look at the EEOC’s investigative process
An employee who believes that you have violated his or her rights may file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC then decides whether to dismiss the complaint or accept it. If it decides to accept the claim, the EEOC
Can you avoid paying estate taxes?
As you piece together your estate plan in Hayward, one nagging thought that likely lingers in the back of your mind is that at least a portion of your accumulated assets will have to go towards paying taxes. Like many people, you may
Your blended family and a new estate plan
Upon meeting a new partner and deciding to get married after previously getting a divorce or losing a spouse to death, a person should feel hopeful about their future and their new family. The joy that a new marriage may bring should not,