Employment Enterprises Blog

Workplace Safety Violations Could Lead to Felony Convictions

Posted by Holland & Hart on Feb 28, 2017 7:52:00 AM

Looking to send a strong message to employers who fail to provide a safe workplace, the Departments of Labor and Justice (DOL and DOJ, respectively) are teaming up to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations, namely, violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and the Mine Safety and Health Act (MINE Act). Under a new worker endangerment initiative federal investigators and prosecutors will look to possible environmental crimes committed by companies in conjunction with workplace safety violations in order to seek felony convictions and enhanced penalties available under federal environmental laws. With the DOJ’s additional focus on holding individual corporate wrongdoers accountable, corporate executives could find themselves criminally and civilly liable for their roles in such crimes.

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Topics: Employees, Workplace

Not Talking Enough in Meetings? Stop Being That Person

Posted by Sharlyn Lauby on Feb 22, 2017 7:40:00 AM

I ran across this article on The Muse titled “3 Signs You’re Talking Way Too Much in Meetings (and How to Stop Being that Person).” It’s a good read and worth checking out. But it prompted me to ask, “What about the person who doesn’t talk enough?” Yes, it’s possible to not talk enough during meetings.

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Topics: Human Resources Insights, Company Culture, Workplace

Work/Life Balance is Good for Business!

Posted by Darcy Jacobsen on Jan 16, 2017 6:13:00 AM

We often think of work-life balance as something that we can give employees by offering more flexible work schedules, or a holistic benefits package. Instinctively, it seems like giving employees time to manage their lives should help them achieve this elusive balance–which so many experts tell us we need.

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Topics: Workforce, Workplace

5 ways to Grow a More Human Workplace

Posted by Nancy Eaves on Oct 10, 2016 9:53:20 AM

Trust is most easily defined as reliance on another person’s integrity. Psychologically, the need for trust arises from our interdependence with others. The presence of trust implies respect, cooperation, and honesty. But it also implies risk. Trust is abstract and intangible. It can be very fragile and, once lost, it is not easily reestablished.

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Topics: Company Culture, Retention, environment, Employees, Workplace

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