Risk Management

NLRB Grants Employee Use of Company Email for Non-Work Agendas

Did the NLRB really just grant employees the use of Company email for union-related communications? Yes, yes they did. Employees can now use company-provided email outside of work time (if already accessible) to organize union activity, discuss workplace conditions, and communicate other NLRB-protected issues. If your company provides an email system but you don’t think this ruling will have any…

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Ebola in the Workplace… What Would You Do?

If you work in the healthcare industry, chances are you recently went through or are scheduled to attend Ebola Prevention training. But should employees beyond the healthcare industry be concerned? With the recent outbreak in West Africa (and the largest Ebola outbreak in history), social media has been trending with both panic and rationale that has made employers of all…

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Employee Handbook: a Necessary Evil

Employee handbooks are not typically the favorite part of employment. Employees are usually required to read one when hired (or at least sign saying they acknowledge they’ve read it) because it’s a protection for employers. A good handbook becomes a resource to employees regarding the company’s mission, vision, benefits, policies and procedures, acceptable behavior, and so on. But it seems…

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What does the Dickey’s BBQ Incident Teach Employers?

Thorough training is critical. That’s a rough takeaway for the management team of Dickey’s Barbeque. They recently made national headlines when a woman (who is still recovering) drank a cup of sweet tea laced with toxic acid in their South Jordan (Utah) location. According to the investigation, lye (a heavy-duty industrial cleaning solution) was unintentionally mixed into a bag of…

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Utah Distracted Driver Bill Now In Force

The Utah Legislature recently passed a bill that prohibits several functions of handheld devices while operating motor vehicles. The prohibited functions include writing, sending, or reading a written communication such as a text message, instant message, email, dialing a phone number, accessing the internet, watching videos, or entering in data into the device while driving. Penalties and convictions may be…

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