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Race Discrimination

EEOC Alleges Race Discrimination at a Houston Manufacturer

Downhole Technology, a Houston manufacturer of fracking equipment, faces charges it failed to address a racial discrimination complaint and then retaliated against the employee who complained. The EEOC claims the company fired a black employee after he complained that a white co-worker taunted him while wearing a white KKK-style hood. According to the EEOC, the […]

unlimited vacation

Is unlimited vacation actually an invisible collar?

Are you considering offering the trendy employee perk of leave without limits? Prepare for one odd side effect: An unlimited vacation policy can make ambitious high performers wary of appearing to be more absent than the person in the next cubicle. This can lead to a deadlock in which some of your dedicated workers won’t […]

Drug Testing

A Guide to Drug Testing and Drug-Free Workplaces in the Era of “Legal” Marijuana

With medical and recreational marijuana use becoming legal in more states nationwide, you may be wondering what kind of drug-testing policy your business should have. The answer to that question depends on several factors: the types of jobs that are done and the degree to which they’re safety-sensitive, legal requirements that may apply to your […]

Average Employee

The Number of Years The Average Employee Spends At A Job

Did You Know…. The average number of years an employee spends at a given job isn’t any shorter than it was 20 years ago. In fact, average tenure has increased from 4.0 years in 1996 to 4.2 years in 2016 (after a drop from 4.6 in 2014). Those with higher levels of education have longer […]

daily work tips for managers

Daily Work Tips For Managers

If you want hard work – work harder. If you want openness – be open with others. If you want honesty – tell the truth. If you want loyalty – build the company and others up. If you want timeliness – be at work and on time. If you’re getting attitude – how is yours? […]

start a business

Start A Business: Be a Nut, it’s Okay!

  Remember the tallest oak in the forest was once just a little nut that held its ground. Many may tell say you’re crazy for wanting to start a business.  Some might make fun of your service or product.  A few will out right laugh in your face.  Let them.  Always remember the little nut […]

Telecommuting Jobs

Top 15 States with the Most Telecommuting Jobs in 2016

According to a report on Flexjobs.com,  many employers are looking more and more to allowing telecommuting for their employees.  There are many companies where all employees work from home.  There are many pros and cons to this set-up for both the company and the employee. There may be less overhead costs involved with telecommuting employees. […]

Sick Time

Can We Ask About Previous Sick Time Use?

Question: Can we ask references about an applicant’s previous use of sick time? We’d like to get a sense of their reliability. Answer:  We strongly advise against making any inquiries into their history of calling in sick. Asking about absences due to illness or injury could run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act and give you […]

Investigating Rumors of Harassment

Investigating Rumors of Harassment

Question: Do we need to look into investigating rumors of harassment even if no one has made a complaint? Answer:  Yes, we recommend that you investigate. A company always has some inherent liability in relation to discriminatory or harassing comments or behavior. The level of liability usually correlates to the nature, severity, and context of the […]