HR best practice: Handling employee stress claims
Work stress claims are workers compensation related. All employers, regardless of size, must have workers compensation insurance. In the event of a work-related injury or illness, employers must provide medical benefits and wages to employees through their WC carrier. If an employee reports mental distress due to high levels of stress or anxiety at work, they may be entitled to workers compensation benefits.
Your competitive edge: Wage plans
Because of the current Fair Pay Act, it is a good idea to have a wage plan, covering all of the positions within your company. The Fair Pay Act prevents wage discrimination based on protected categories for employees who work in similar positions; particularly “gender”. With the recent enforcement of this law signed by Governor Jerry Brown, employers should review all the positions in the workplace and determine an appropriate wage plan for each classification.
Requirements for Worker’s Compensation Insurance
All employers, regardless of size, must have workers compensation insurance - it's the law. This mandatory insurance is used to cover medical costs and part of lost wages for employees who become injured or ill while at work. While several federal and state laws depend on the number of employees in the company, workers compensation is required, regardless of the number of employees in your company.
Drugs and alcohol in the workplace
Allowing drugs or alcohol in the workplace is unsafe, unhealthy and can create chaos and trouble for your company. Substance abuse can affect an employee’s productivity level, their personal health, as well as their relationship with others in the workplace. Companies should have a no tolerance policy when it comes to drugs or alcohol in the workplace.
Know the Law: Organ and Bone Marrow Donor’s Leave
If you have 15 or more employees, this law applies to you! California law mandates that employers must grant paid leave of absence to an employee who is an organ donor in any one-year period. The time off cannot exceed 30 business days for an organ donor and 5 business days for a bone marrow donor.
Equal Employment Opportunities
It's the law! When hiring, it is illegal to discriminate based on any protected category. When hiring an employee, strictly look at an applicant’s qualifications and skills rather than any discriminatory features such as race and/or gender. The Equal Employment Opportunity law restricts employers from discriminatory acts in the workplace and failure to comply with these laws can results in potential litigations.
Keep employees safe from the Summer heat
California’s heat illness standards require employers to take precise steps to protect outdoor workers from heat illness. As summertime rolls in and temperatures increase, California’s outdoor employees place themselves at a greater risk for heat illnesses.
Preventing wage discrimination in the workplace
Wage discrimination is against the law. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to make sure that your employees are provided equal pay for equal work. The Equal Pay Act as well as Title VII, the ADEA, and the ADA target wage discrimination in all forms of pay including salary, bonuses, overtime, benefits, etc. Under these acts, discriminating against employees based on age, sex, color, religion or disability is strictly prohibited.
The importance of Employee Focus Groups after administering an Employee Engagement Survey
Gather ideas and feedback from employees. Employee Focus Groups allow company management to gather ideas from employees in regards to the effectiveness of their current policies and procedures. The focus groups are often conducted after employees complete an employee opinion survey. Focus Groups are the next steps taken to ensuring that employees’ concerns are resolved.
Beware of violence in the workplace. You never know when or how it will begin. Workplace conflict is not uncommon and issues can arise for a number of reasons. As an employer, it’s important to be aware of how your employees are interacting with one another and make sure that tension and hostility are not triggered or present.