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Helene Wasserman, Los Angeles-based Littler Shareholder and Trial Practice Group Co-Chair, reflects on some good, bad, and ugly impacts of the #MeToo movement since its inception, including recent legislative developments affecting California employers in particular. Discussing training, arbitration agreements, and the extended statute of limitations for FEHA claims with Littler Learning Group’s Marissa Dragoo, Helene provides insights and guidance for California employers as we move into the third year of the cemented #MeToo movement.
Today is Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the holiday season. In fact, it is estimated that today will be the biggest online shopping day ever, with over $9.4 billion in sales.
And, guess what? Given that most of those doing the shopping will be spending the majority of their prime shopping hours at work, from where do you think they will be making most of their Cyber Monday purchases.
Consider these statistics:
I am big believer in open internet access for employees (within reason). I advocate for fewer restrictions for personal internet use at work (including Cyber Monday shopping) for two reasons: it provides a nice benefit to employees, whom we ask to sacrifice more and more personal time; and it’s almost impossible to police anyway.
We no longer live in a 40 hour a week, 9-to-5 world. Employees sacrifice more and more of their personal time for the sake of their employers. Thus, why not offer some internet flexibility both to recognize this sacrifice and to engage employees as a retention tool?
Moreover, it is becoming increasingly difficult for employers to control what their employees are doing online during the work day. Even if an employer monitors or blocks internet traffic on its network, all an employee has to do to circumnavigate these controls is take out his or her smartphone (which employees are doing anyway). By trying to control employees’ internet habits, employers are fighting a battle they cannot win. The iPhone has irreparably tilted the field in favor of employees. It not worth the time or effort to fight a battle you cannot win.
Instead of fighting a losing battle by policing restrictive policies, I suggest that employers treat this issue not as a technology problem to control, but a performance problem to correct. If an employees is otherwise performing at an acceptable level, there is no harm is letting him or her shop online from work, on Cyber Monday or on regular Wednesday.
Hiring a professional employer organization, or PEO, has become a very popular option for small businesses that need help managing the wide range of administrative details involved in overseeing a workforce. But some companies—and their workers—aren’t comfortable with the idea of introducing a third party into all areas of the employee-employer relationship. Here’s how to decide if a PEO is right for your company.
We’ve all been there. The clock strikes 5:00 pm, you’re ready to leave work, make it to that evening fitness class and have some time to yourself with what’s left of the rest of your evening. But you still have tasks to complete. You finish what you can in a hurry and leave only to… View Article
Despite being a celebratory month for all in the working world, the month of December can pose some additional challenges for employers and employees alike. Namely, how to ensure productivity and targets don’t fall to the wayside as we juggle workload with personal commitments, which can range from social events to purchasing presents and budgeting…. View Article
Setting up a recruitment business anywhere isn’t a task to be taken lightly, but once you start to go international things become more complicated. While this shouldn’t be a deterrent, it’s important that ambitious entrepreneurs with worldwide dreams consider the move from every angle and plan strategically. So before you start setting foot outside of… View Article