Workplace attire has grown increasingly casual over the years. Long gone are the Mad Men days when men all wore suits and ties and women wore dresses and high heels -- even if they never left the workplace or interacted with customers or clients.
Someone has been stealing from your company. Maybe it's the office or break room supplies or maybe something more expensive, like laptops. Perhaps someone has been embezzling money or disclosing trade secrets. Before you call in law enforcement, you'd like to get to the bottom of it yourself. Can you require your employees to submit to a lie detector test (also known as a polygraph test)?
You may require your employees to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) for a host of different reasons. Often, NDAs are used to protect confidential or proprietary information from being shared with anyone outside the company.
For many decades, employment laws in the nation had a tight focus on protecting the rights of workers. While addressing these rights is undeniably an important task for lawmakers, some employers feel as if their own rights have fallen by the wayside. A particularly troubling area for Cincinnati employers is making certain they provide reasonable accommodations for any disabled workers on their staff.
Laws aimed at preventing workplace discrimination based on hairstyle or hair texture are becoming more common across the country. New York, California and, most recently, New Jersey, have enacted versions of what's known as the CROWN Act. It stands for "Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair." Cincinnati is one of the localities with such an ordinance.
The phrase, "Okay, Boomer" has become a joking way to refer to someone who seems out of touch, stuck in the past or just, well, older.
It's legal for people to use "medical marijuana" in Ohio as long as they participate in the state medical marijuana program and have a valid prescription card. However, does that mean that employers can't terminate people or decline to hire them if they test positive for the drug?
Employers can make discrimination complaints by employees worse by penalizing those employees. That's what Cleveland's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) commissioner is accused of doing according to a lawsuit filed by five EMS captains. The captains, all of whom are African American, are also suing the city for discrimination and retaliation.
Staying current on expectations is very important for businesses and other organizations with employees. Discrimination against protected groups cannot be tolerated, as a lack of attention to accusations can lead to lawsuits. If a lawsuit goes forward, employers must make sure changes are made to protect employees in the future.
When we hear stories about workplace discrimination or harassment on the news, they often highlight how a worker was ill-treated by a co-worker or superior while on the job. An individual can claim that they were discriminated against during the hiring process, though, too. No matter the situation, it matters how you respond to their allegations.