You may recall our article in The HR Advisor dated September 6th, 2013, wherein we addressed the latest workplace trend of employees connecting to their work emails and workstations through personal cell phones, computers and tablets. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), as it is often called, has many advantages for an employer, but may also be a disadvantage for an employer if there are no guidelines in place for employees. While employers may see increased workflow, faster communications with clients and more engaged employees who use their own personal devices, employers should consider compliance issues and create a policy to guide the use of these personal devices in the workplace - as well as outside of the workplace for work-related purposes - in order to avoid risks associated with security, safety and legal issues.
The month of September brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves and the promise of equal employment opportunities wrapped up in the EEO-1 report for a number of employers. The EEO-1 report, formally known as the "Employer Information Report", must be submitted and certified by Tuesday, September 30, 2014. This required form is completed by employers to provide a count of current employees based on job category, ethnicity, race and gender.
Many areas regarding employment law are fairly black and white due to the highly regulated nature of the business. However, there are some aspects of employment law which are endless shades of gray. Two of the most common "gray" areas include "reasonable accommodations" and "proper classification of independent contractors."
Internships are an excellent way to facilitate success for today's workload and tomorrow's workforce. Offering internships at your company adds value and provides many positive benefits for your organization. However, gaining knowledge of the risks and rewards of internships, including the lingering question of paid versus unpaid interns, will help safeguard your company and your employees.
We have all been there - a "to do" list with nothing checked off and additional duties added by the hour. It may be easy to get stuck in a rut of checking the easy tasks off of your list. However, the real key to success in any workplace is personal time management.