Bullies in the Workplace
Mention the idea of bullying, and most people immediately envision a kid on an elementary-school playground pushing smaller children around. While most people outgrow childhood habits, many bullies never stop trying to intimidate others, and their behavior frequently extends to the workplace.
Nearly everyone has worked with someone who was an adult version of that playground bully. Whether you were the target of that bully’s actions or simply watched as he or she made life miserable for other workers, you probably recognized that the bully makes the workplace unpleasant at best and frustrating at worst.
10 Tips for Effective Goal Setting
I’ve always worked in organizations where this time of year was budget time. We spent hours in meetings talking about the goals we wanted to accomplish in the upcoming year (and how to fund those projects.)
The conversations we had about company goals eventually became department goals. Then of course, they became individual goals. While goals cascaded down the organization, it was still important for employees to feel connected and invested in the goals they needed to accomplish.
English Only Rules in the Workplace
The owner of our company wants to institute an “English-Only” rule, requiring our employees to only speak English in the workplace. I’m just not comfortable with this at all. Is this even legal?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a position statement indicating that English-Only policies in the workplace violate the law–unless there is a business necessity.
'Request for accommodation' under the ADA
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), "Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 [ADA] . . . requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, unless to do so would cause undue hardship." Although that statement may sound simple, it's loaded with terms and concepts that keep conscientious employers on their toes and asking questions.
Federal Contractors Must Provide Paid Sick Leave
Connecticut and Massachusetts already require certain employers to provide paid sick leave to qualifying employees. Now, a new class of employers has been brought into this requirement: federal contractors (including those in Connecticut and Massachusetts).
In September 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order 13706, which established a mandate for federal contractors to give their employees up to 56 hours (seven days) of paid sick leave each year. Until recently, the requirement has not been implemented. The Secretary of Labor has finally issued regulations to implement President Obama's Executive Order, which will go into effect on November 29, 2016.