Pay Secrecy and Salary History: What Not to Do.
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Pay Secrecy and Salary History: What Not to Do.

Let’s address one of the biggest employment elephants in the room: Wage discussions. If your organization is currently enforcing pay secrecy or asking candidates for their salary history, you need to immediately update your policies. Whether you have a section in your handbook, a stipulation in an offer letter, or you orally communicate your expectation…

OSHA ETS, General Duty, and 300A Log Updates
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OSHA ETS, General Duty, and 300A Log Updates

The United States Supreme Court blocked OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) related to COVID vaccine mandates last week. However, OSHA’s General Duty Clause is still broadly applicable and being enforced. Over 18,000 complaints have been filed and over $4 million dollars in fines have been assessed against employers when workers were found not adequately protected…

CDC Shortens Isolation and Quarantine Periods
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CDC Shortens Isolation and Quarantine Periods

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission…

End of the Road: Termination
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End of the Road: Termination

Deciding to terminate someone’s employment under any circumstances is complicated. The risk means employers must be thoughtful, fair-minded, and strategic. Termination on-the-spot without any investigation, conversation, or prior discipline often backfires. If the misconduct is severe, opt to suspend the employee pending an investigation, and carefully review all the evidence first. Make sure the organization…

Legal Update for Maine Employers
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Legal Update for Maine Employers

Maine’s New Fair Chance in Employment Labor Law Now in Effect AUGUSTA – Multiple updates to Maine labor law went into effect on Monday, October 18, 2021, including ‘An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment.’ This new law prohibits employers from inquiring about an individual’s criminal history on an initial employment application and from…

Leadership and Accountability

Leadership and Accountability

This EEOC checklist focuses on awareness and purposeful prevention of workplace harassment. How is your organization doing? The first step is to establish a culture of respect in which harassment is not tolerated. Check the box if the leadership of your organization has taken the following steps: ▢ Leadership has allocated sufficient resources for a harassment prevention…

5 Employer Steps When Your Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
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5 Employer Steps When Your Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Guidance for New Hampshire BusinessesKey Steps for Investigating and Reporting COVID-19 Cases and Exposures NH Department of Health and Human Services encourages use of the NH Universal Best Practices. Remember that employee health information shared with their employer should be kept private. Visit the NH DHHS website to review their June 17, 2021, guidance here:…

NH Universal Best Practices
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NH Universal Best Practices

Effective May 7, 2021, New Hampshire’s updated COVID-19 Universal Guidelines (now called Universal Best Practices) take effect but remind us that we still need to take precautions and follow the same recommendations, including: Good planning and communication to staff and consumers Vaccination against COVID-19 Identifying and excluding people with symptoms of COVID-19 or risk factors…

Social Media Guidelines for Employers
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Social Media Guidelines for Employers

Legal decisions have shown that employers need a social media policy widely communicated to their employees to ensure clear expectations around appropriate social media content during work hours and off-the-clock.  A clear policy can reinforce discipline and termination decisions by employers as well as protect employers from other liability, such as FTC endorsement violations. The following…