A few weeks back, we discussed how even though business owners in every field understandably want to fill their employee roster with the best and brightest, they must always take steps to ensure compliance with federal discrimination laws, as the failure to do so can have serious consequences.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency tasked with enforcing anti-discrimination laws, made history when it filed one of the first ever sexual orientation discrimination lawsuits back in March.
Ask owners of any thriving business and they will tell you that the old saying really is true: they are only as successful as their employees. Indeed, this reality leads every business owner, regardless of their field, to strive to fill his/her ranks with the best possible candidates.
Last time, our blog began discussing how Florida employers seeking to establish qualifying drug-free workplace programs -- and enjoy the reduced work comp premiums that come from such a step -- are afforded considerable authority when it comes to the drug testing of both job applicants and employees.
Given the constant and growing dialogue both here in Florida and across the nation about the legalization of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, it's only natural that questions might arise as to what impact, if any, these conversations -- and even some decriminalization measures -- have had on the area of employee drug testing.
When it comes to gender bias, many people think it's somehow confined to factories, warehouses or other industrial venues. This couldn't be any further from the truth, however, as the unfortunate reality is that gender bias in the workplace knows no boundaries, occurring with stunning regularity in blue collar and white collar venues alike.
Now that the spring semester is in full swing, many teens are not only hitting the books, but also pounding the pavement in search of a job for the upcoming summer months and possibly into the next school year. Indeed, a position at a local restaurant or retail establishment could help defray the costs of everything from clothing and car insurance to cell phone bills and college expenses.
While we tend to think that teens are relatively immune to any sort of financial worries, this isn't always the case. Indeed, consider that many teens may find themselves on the hook for everything from their car insurance and cell phone bill to their clothing and a portion of their college tuition.
Anyone who makes a habit of reading the national news headlines knows that one of the more popular topics to emerge over the last few years has been the adequacy of the minimum wage. In fact, in the last two years alone, 14 states have seen their minimum wage increased either by legislation or ballot measures.
The holidays can be an exciting, stressful, emotional and hectic time of year. People are distracted, worried about finances, planning holiday parties and organizing family gatherings to celebrate, and usually these things are impacted by a person's job.