Employment Law Consultant (04-18-19)

Employment Law Consultant (04-18-19)

Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney and counselor with a focus is on the prevention of workplace disputes and the development of workplaces which support civility and health.

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Published every Tuesday and Thursday

Hello,

Good Thursday morning.

Welcome to today’s selection of articles.

FMLA in California A good reminder from Jackson|Lewis ( “What Am I Doing Wrong?) regarding the interplay between the federal FMLA and the FMLA provided by California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. Comments?

Latinos & Discrimination An interesting report from NPR, “New Report Takes A Deeper Look At How Latinos Experience Discrimination In The U.S.” Comments?

Soft Skills  Are you following the increased discussion regarding the value of “soft skills” in today’s workplace? If so (or not) this article from Forbes should be of interest to you, “Why Soft Skills Shouldn’t Be Hard To Come By In The Workplace” Comments?

Border Facts  Interested in learning more about events at the U.S-Mexico border? From the Pew Research Center, “What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in 6 charts”Comments?

Automation and Work  Automation and the workplace, from the Pew Research Center, “How Americans see automation and the workplace in 7 charts” Comments?

Office Scents  A story of scents in the workplace; a caution for California employers, from LexBlog, “Smell the Bouquet of Legal Issues” Comments?

Obesity & ADA Obesity and the ADA. A summary of current opinions. From Lex Blog, “Does Obesity Qualify as a Disability Under the ADA? – It Depends on Who You Ask (US)” Comments?

★   Remote Pay Are you a “remote worker”? Does your pay rate differ from that of your colleague who works “in-office”? From Work, “Remote and In-Office Workers Must Be Paid Equally” Comments?

Training Opportunity   A (free) training opportunity for human resources professionals, Webinar Series: Advancing Equal  Employment Opportunities and Creating Inclusive Workplaces” Comments?

If you would like to learn more about my services and how I can help you with any challenges you’re facing at your workplace or to learn more about evaluating and planning your organization  to prevent workplace conflicts contact me to request a free initial consultation held at your place of business by using the information provided under “contact” or leave a message/text at (707) 479-2317.

My services are limited to residents or businesses located within the County of Sonoma, California.

I will return on Tuesday.

Thank you and best regards,

Fred

Employment Law and Mediation Office of Fred Engbarth ✔Employment Law Advice and Counseling ✔Focused on Prevention ✔Fostering Workplace Cultures of Civility, Inclusion, and Safety ✔Solutions Finder ✔Negotiation & Mediation ✔Internal Personnel Investigations
“Let’s Connect” on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fredengbarth

DISCLAIMER: This site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Further, your use of this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon any information presented on this blog without seeking professional legal counsel. The legal information provided in this site is general and should not be relied on as legal advice, which I cannot provide without full consideration of all relevant information relating to one’s individual situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment Law Consultant (04-16-19)

Employment Law Consultant (04-16-19)

Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney and counselor with a focus is on the prevention of workplace disputes and the development of workplaces which support civility and health.

Comments and suggestions from readers are encouraged.

I appreciate receiving your feedback and suggestions.

Please urge your friends to join the conversation by signing up to this Blog.

Published every Tuesday and Thursday

Hello,

Good Tuesday morning!

Welcome to today’s selection of articles.

Avoiding Bias Looking for ideas on how to avoid bias in your recruitment and hiring procedures? From Forbes, “Minimize Unconscious Bias In Your Hiring Process With These 13 Tips” Comments?

Workplace Violence Do you work in health care? You may aleady be aware of the rising concern over incidents of workplace violence discussed in this report from NPR, “Facing Escalating Workplace Violence, Hospital Employees Have Had Enough” Comments?

New Job? Starting a new job? some suggestions from the Harvard Business Review, “5 Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job” Comments?

Hiring Suggestions Some ideas from McKinsey & Company. “3 critical steps to improve hiring” Comments?

Workplace Integrity Some tips from Michael Volkov (Corruption Crime and Compliance) on how assessing your organization’s integrity, “Five Signs Your Company Lacks Integrity” Comments?

Measles?  Suggestions from Littler in response to the question, “Dear Littler: An employee was diagnosed with the measles. What do we do now?” Comments?

Black Hole Why is the recently released photograph of a black hole important? From Vox, “The first-ever black hole image, explained in 500 words” Comments

Depression & Long-Term Care Do you have a parent or close relative residing in a long-term care facility? Then this discussion is worth your consideration, from the PBS Newshour, “The hidden risks of suicide and depression for seniors living in long-term care” Comments?

Healthy Diet  If you think about making a change towards a healthier diet what would it be? The BBC (Food Diets) offers some suggestions, from a variety of sources, on the subject “What change would you make today to improve your health?”Comments?

Milk & Bones  Take a moment to think about nutrition, from the BBC(Future) , “Should we drink milk to strengthen bones?” Comments?

If you would like to learn more about my services and how I can help you with any challenges you’re facing at your workplace or to learn more about evaluating and planning your organization  to prevent workplace conflicts contact me to request a free initial consultation held at your place of business by using the information provided under “contact” or leave a message/text at (707) 479-2317.

My services are limited to residents or businesses located within the County of Sonoma, California.

I will return on Thursday.

Thank you and best regards,

Fred

Employment Law and Mediation Office of Fred Engbarth ✔Employment Law Advice and Counseling ✔Focused on Prevention ✔Fostering Workplace Cultures of Civility, Inclusion, and Safety ✔Solutions Finder ✔Negotiation & Mediation ✔Internal Personnel Investigations

“Let’s Connect” on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fredengbarth

DISCLAIMER: This site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Further, your use of this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon any information presented on this blog without seeking professional legal counsel. The legal information provided in this site is general and should not be relied on as legal advice, which I cannot provide without full consideration of all relevant information relating to one’s individual situation.

 

 

 

 

Employment Law Consultant (04-11-19)

Employment Law Consultant (04-11-19)

Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney and counselor with a focus is on the prevention of workplace disputes and the development of workplaces which support civility and health.

Comments and suggestions from readers are encouraged.

I appreciate receiving your feedback and suggestions.

Please urge your friends to join the conversation by signing up to this Blog.

Published every Tuesday and Thursday

Hello,

Good Thursday morning!

Welcome to today’s selection of articles.

★ This week is National Library Week. Support your local library . Learn more at Library Week

★ From the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable, “Mental Health – A Workforce Crisis ” Comments? Mental Health at Work

★ A very important report from CNN, “The future of the American economy is Hispanic and female” What about your workplace? Comments? Hispanic Women

★ You probably do not be reminded that April 15 is tax day. The Pew Research Center reports, “Growing Partisan Divide Over Fairness of the Nation’s Tax System” Comments?Tax Divide

★ May 19 is Vesak Day, a celebration of the life of Buddha. This article from The Pew Research Center provides, “5 facts about Buddhists around the world” Comments? Vesak

★ Does your work provide you with an opportunity to grow and develop as a person? From Mindful. “Finding Purpose on the Job” Comments? Life’s Purpose?

★ If you were asked to make a list of behaviors at the root of work place drama and, in some cases, a hostile environment what would be on the list? From Fast Company, “These are the most common roots of workplace drama” Comments? Workplace Drama

★ Are you a part of the “gig economy” or otherwise self-employed? with April 15 (Tax Day) on the horizon it is a good time to consider the issue raised by The Motley Fool in the article, “Nearly Half of Independent Workers Are Making This Mistake” Comments?Self-Employment Tax

★ Changing jobs? Losing a valued employee? From the Harvard business Review, “The “Two Weeks’ Notice” Approach to Changing Jobs Is Bad for Companies and Employee” Comments? Two Week Notice?

★ Have you heard the phrase, “Take an aspirin and call me in the morning.”? You may want to ask your medical provider for more information on this traditional medicine. From PBS, “The new truth about Aspirin, and your doctor’s slow uptake of medical evidence” Comments? Daily Aspirin?

★ Are “carbs” good or bad? From the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa, “Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs – What Are You Eating?” Comments? Carbs: Good & Bad

If you would like to learn more about my services and how I can help you with any challenges you’re facing at your workplace or to learn more about evaluating and planning your organization  to prevent workplace conflicts contact me to request a free initial consultation held at your place of business by using the information provided under “contact” or leave a message/text at (707) 479-2317.

My services are limited to residents or businesses located within the County of Sonoma, California.

I will return on Tuesday.

Thank you and best regards,

Fred

Employment Law and Mediation Office of Fred Engbarth ✔Employment Law Advice and Counseling ✔Focused on Prevention ✔Fostering Workplace Cultures of Civility, Inclusion, and Safety ✔Solutions Finder ✔Negotiation & Mediation ✔Internal Personnel Investigations

“Let’s Connect” on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fredengbarth

DISCLAIMER: This site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Further, your use of this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon any information presented on this blog without seeking professional legal counsel. The legal information provided in this site is general and should not be relied on as legal advice, which I cannot provide without full consideration of all relevant information relating to one’s individual situation.

 

 

 

Employment Law Consultant (04-09-19)

Employment Law Consultant (04-09-19)

Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney and counselor with a focus is on the prevention of workplace disputes and the development of workplaces which support civility and health.

Comments and suggestions from readers are encouraged.

I appreciate receiving your feedback and suggestions.

Please urge your friends to join the conversation by signing up to this Blog.

Published every Tuesday and Thursday

Hello,

Good Tuesday morning!

Welcome to today’s selection of articles.

★ A question which more employers are asking, from HR Executive, “Are Soft Skills More Important than the Right Qualifications?” Comments?Soft Skills

★ What is your experience…perspective on this Time Magazine article, “Women Don’t Just Face a Pay Gap at Work. They’re Also Punished Far More Than Men” ?  Comments?Equal Pay

★ A significant new philanthropic partnership is forming with an aim to end sexual harassment in the workplace. For more information contact, The Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity at https://www.safetyanddignityforwomen.org   Comments?

★ April 2, was Equal Pay Day to learn more see  http://www.equalpaytoday.org/equalpaydays   Comments?

★ Open enrollment? Some suggestions on how to improve healthcare communications from HR Executive, “3 Tips to Improve Healthcare Communication” Comments?http://hrexecutive.com/3-tips-to-improve-employee-healthcare-communication/

★ Concerned about the impact of automation upon the economy and workplace. From the Aspen Institute, “Automation and a Changing Economy” Comments?https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/future-of-work/automation/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosfutureofwork&stream=future

★ The BBC (Capital) takes at stab at answering the question, “What is the perfect holiday length?” Comments? http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190404-how-to-calculate-your-perfect-holiday-length

★ Getting ready for the Game of Thrones “finale”? Streaming past episodes? The BBC (Culture) comments on our “Enduring fascination with legendary swords” Comments?http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190403-the-enduring-fascination-with-legendary-swords

★ A concerning report from MetLife regarding “Gen X”, from Next Avenue, “Gen X: Least Happy at Work, Most Financially Stressed”  What’s your experience? Comments?https://www.nextavenue.org/gen-x-least-happy-at-work-and-most-financially-stressed-generation/?hide_newsletter=true&utm_source=Next+Avenue+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a9f2b58586-04.04.2019_Thursday_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_056a405b5a-a9f2b58586-164886913&mc_cid=a9f2b58586&mc_eid=e0b7207749

★ Take a minute to think about the impact of diet on your health. Finished? Now take a look at this article from BBC (Health), “The diets cutting one in five lives short every year”Comments? https://www.cbsnews.com/news/unhealthy-diet-now-kills-more-people-than-tobacco-and-high-blood-pressure-study-finds/

If you would like to learn more about my services and how I can help you with any challenges you’re facing at your workplace or to learn more about evaluating and planning your organization  to prevent workplace conflicts contact me to request a free initial consultation held at your place of business by using the information provided under “contact” or leave a message/text at (707) 479-2317.

My services are limited to residents or businesses located within the County of Sonoma, California.

I will return on Thursday.

Thank you and best regards,

Fred

Employment Law and Mediation Office of Fred Engbarth ✔Employment Law Advice and Counseling ✔Focused on Prevention ✔Fostering Workplace Cultures of Civility, Inclusion, and Safety ✔Solutions Finder ✔Negotiation & Mediation ✔Internal Personnel Investigations
“Let’s Connect” on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fredengbarth

DISCLAIMER: This site is for informational and educational purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Further, your use of this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon any information presented on this blog without seeking professional legal counsel. The legal information provided in this site is general and should not be relied on as legal advice, which I cannot provide without full consideration of all relevant information relating to one’s individual situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employment Law Consultant (04-04-19)

Employment Law Consultant (04-04-19)

Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney and counselor with a focus is on the prevention of workplace disputes and the development of workplaces which support civility and health.

Comments and suggestions from readers are encouraged.

I appreciate receiving your feedback and suggestions.

Please urge your friends to join the conversation by signing up to this Blog.

Published every Tuesday and Thursday

Hello,

Good Thursday morning!

Welcome to today’s selection of articles.

★ Looking for some old habits to change? From U.S. News and World Report, “Stop Sabotaging Yourself at Work” Comments?
Bad Habits

★ What does your employer look for from you and your work performance? Some suggestions from Forbes, “4 Predictors Of Career Success That Managers Like To See” Comments?
Success

★ Some insight, from Mindful, on “Three Ways Your Emotions Can Warp Your Decisions” Comments?

Three Ways Your Emotions Can Warp Your Decisions

★ What is your view on “weight bias”? A good discussion by the Chicago Tribune, “‘Weight bias’ affects how we talk about obesity — and it’s making things worse” Comments?
Weight

★ Are you involved in the healing arts? This article serves as an important reminder. From Reuters (Health), “Doctors need to do better at talking to families about critically ill patients” Comments?
Empathy

★ Is that degree from in one of the liberal arts really “worthless”? From the BBC (Capital),“Why “worthless” humanities degrees may set you up for life” Comments?
Worthless Degree?

★ Have you ever wondered) “How To Eradicate Bad Bosses From The Workplace” (from Forbes) Comments?
Bad Boss

★ Have you ever doubted the value of your subscription to a local news publication? This report from the Scientific American may change your mind…let’s hope so, “Why Losing Our Newspapers Is Breaking Our Politics” Comments?
Local News

★ Involved in K-12 education? You may be interested in this report from the NSBA, “Six LifeReady Skills for Career, College and Success in Life:A Report of the Commission to Close the Skills Gap” Comments?
Life Ready Skills

★ Here’s a little known day of celebration that could slip under your radar, April 2 was International Fact Checking Day! Learn more,
Happy Fact Checking Day!
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