Each January, Tim Davis, partner at the law firm of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, speaks to the local Topeka SHRM Chapter regarding recent and upcoming legal updates and how each affects the area of human resources. These legal updates include all aspects of the employer/employee relationship including compliance with the NLRA, FMLA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and FLSA, just to name a few.
The holidays are swiftly approaching. Employees are beginning to embrace the magic of the season and employers are preparing for the annual holiday party. While the proper do’s and don’ts surrounding holiday parties may seem obvious to some, Creative Business Solutions would like to take a moment to remind employers about the potential liability surrounding company holiday parties, and provide some appropriate suggestions to help your company avoid any problems from these special holiday celebrations.
First, attendance at holiday parties should be voluntary for both practical and legal reasons. From a practical perspective, some employees may simply not want to attend for a host of reasons. From a legal perspective, making attendance voluntary helps protect employers from potential wage claims or worker’s compensation claims.
In honor of Veteran's Day, I want to thank all who have or who are currently serving in our military. Recently, I had the opportunity for my first visit to Washington, D.C. Of course, high on my list of things to see and experience had to do with the brave men and women in the armed forces who have served our country. The four pictures below represent sites I was able to see and pay my respects: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Korean War Memorial ("Freedom is Not Free"); World War II Memorial (Harry Truman's quote); and the Vietnam War Memorial (over 58,000 names are listed...it is an overwhelming experience to see.)
If you are an employer, the law is very clear on protection for those who served - or serve - and work for you. For your convenience, I am including the link of the details in this article:
Thank you again for serving. I am very grateful that the life I live is because of your service.