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What We can Learn From the Latest Employee Issue at Google

Google has seen more than its share of employee unrest and backlash recently involving issues related to women. Back in November, two women employees organized a walk-out to protest Google’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. Some 20,000 employees participated in the walk-out, which initially seemed like a win, especially when higher-ups promised they’d address what…

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3 Mistakes HR Makes When Creating Anti-Harassment Policies

anti harassment policyHarassment headlines hit newsfeeds on a weekly basis. For example, accusations about Hollywood elite like Harvey Weinstein were quickly followed by a host of other big entertainment names that continue to drip into newsfeeds today. Not confined to the entertainment industry, harassment can happen at any time and at any place of work. This is the…

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Important Ban-the-Box Updates for 2018

When vetting candidates for employment, you probably will conduct some type of check into their criminal history. In fact, your application may have a simple checkbox asking this very basic question. While common practice, you may have to modify your application in the near future. “Ban the box” is a movement to remove the checkbox…

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Facts and the First Amendment: Freedom of Speech at Work

We live in a time when politics and personal opinion are polarizing the nation. Last year’s presidential election was unlike any other in history. Then came the Women’s March in D.C., the demonstrations in Charlottesville, and the #GoogleManifesto. This year the topic of standing versus kneeling during the national anthem dominated news headlines. No matter your…

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4 Ways Companies Can Be Proactive About The Gender Pay Gap

The companies of Silicon Valley tout being some of the most progressive and forward-thinking organizations in the world. However, when it comes to the gender pay gap, it might be all lip service. According to Inc., Salesforce, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Google are among the Silicon Valley companies that say they have no gap. Yet the recent U.S. Department of Labor investigation into…

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No-Ask Salary Laws Gain Traction. Is Nationwide Law Next?

  First Massachusetts, then New York City. Is a nationwide law next? Last year, the governor of Massachusetts signed a law that made it illegal for employers to inquire about applicants’ salaries prior to making a job offer. This was the first state to pass such legislation, with pay equality the main motivation for the legislation. Recently, New…

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Special Report: Preventing and Catching FMLA Abuse

Is it better to swallow the costs of FMLA abuse than to risk ending up in court if you wrongfully challenge a legitimate claim? That’s the intimidating question many employers think they face given the skyrocketing number of FMLA lawsuits reported last year. Data from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts indicates FMLA lawsuits…