Category Archives: Respectful Workplace

May 22, 2017  |   By Jay Musselwhite →

When an Employee Suffers a Loss: Is Bereavement Leave Required?

In March 2017, bills were introduced to the House and Senate that would include the death of a child as a qualifying event under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Parents who are eligible employees who work for qualified employers could take up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave to mourn the loss of a child. In the meantime, there are few if any     Continue reading

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Aug 29, 2016  |   By Todd Stanton →

“I Need to Keep Track of What?”

In 2010, the EEOC received a complaint that Crothall Services Group was using criminal background checks and criminal history to make hiring decisions that had a “disparate impact” on African-Americans, Hispanics, and male applicants – that is, even though the criteria was facially non-discriminatory, the criteria disproportionally affected certain protected groups.  Before reaching whether Crothall’s selection criteria had such an impact, though, the EEOC came     Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Featured, General Business, Hiring and On-boarding, Respectful Workplace   |  

Aug 5, 2016  |   By Todd Stanton →

Stanton Law Radio Time!

Manori de Silva is taking on the International Sector at Stanton Law. Qualified as an attorney in England (solicitor) and the United States, she uses her understanding of cultural differences to help European companies to do business in the United States. She also helps American companies navigate the complex web of worker protections in Europe. Click here to check out Todd and Manori on air with Atlanta’s Business Radio!         Continue reading

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act, Featured, General Business, Hiring and On-boarding, Immigration, Labor Relations, Respectful Workplace, Uncategorized, Wage Payment   |  

Jul 8, 2016  |   By Jay Musselwhite →

Transgender Employees in the Workplace: Beyond the Public Restroom Debate

Transgender issues are in the news as of late, most notably surrounding transgender individuals and the use of public restrooms. What would you, as an employer, do if an issue involving a transgender employee were to arise in your workplace? What happens if a transgender employee wants to use the restroom of her choice and another employee objects? Or how will you apply a dress     Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Fair Labor Standards Act, Featured, Hiring and On-boarding, Labor Relations, Respectful Workplace   |  

May 18, 2015  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Update: What Recent NLRB Activity Means for Employee Handbooks and Policies

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently released decisions and guidance with potentially significant implications for employee handbooks. These new developments are of mixed weight, and some we expect may eventually be more critical to incorporate than others. Regular review of your handbook by an employment attorney helps ensure that your company is up to date on these and other legal changes. This update     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Featured, Labor Relations, Respectful Workplace, Social Media, Uncategorized   |  

Oct 21, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

“Derailers” and Employment Liability: Or, How to Get Out of the Way Before the Train Jumps its Tracks

Much of our advice to clients flows from observing two principles of human behavior, the first being: Angry people sue. Appreciating Principle #1 often helps employers navigate turmoil (or near-turmoil) with existing employees. Having patience and taking extra steps to manage employee expectations can sometimes avert or downgrade a brewing conflict, and proactively maintaining a positive workplace often prevents conflict all together. Yet no matter     Continue reading

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Best HR Practices, Employee Performance Management, Featured, Hiring and On-boarding, Respectful Workplace   |  

Aug 30, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Sound like anyone you know? Portrait of a Classic Workplace Troublemaker

This video offers a funny (and uncanny) depiction of one particularly challenging workplace personality: More on “derailers” and what they mean for your business to follow.

Posted in Best HR Practices, Employee Performance Management, Featured, Hiring and On-boarding, Respectful Workplace, Uncategorized   |  

Apr 1, 2012  |   By JoAnne Donner →

Creating a Conflict-Conscious Workplace

Conflict comes in all sizes and shapes.  It can be both constructive and destructive, productive and unproductive.  But one thing is certain:  where there are people, there is the potential for disagreements, disputes and interpersonal flare-ups that can undermine the health and well-being of any environment. Being aware of the different types of conflict and knowing how to manage them are quickly becoming core competencies     Continue reading

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Oct 10, 2011  |   By Todd Stanton →

Workplace Bullies: Asking for Trouble

Raise your hand if you’re an abusive boss. Raise your hand if you’ve had an abusive boss. If my experience holds, a lot more hands went up in response to the second question than the first. I’ve found that the reason for this disparity is two-fold. First, one obnoxious manager can wreak havoc on the lives of several subordinates. Second, very few folks believe—or are     Continue reading

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