‘What was your most unusual sex act?’ Cincy police, fire recruits asked about sex

reprinted: , Cincinnati Enquirer Published 12:01 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2018 | Updated 3:53 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2018

Cincinnati police and firefighter recruits are asked to describe their “most unusual sex act” in a questionnaire that can later become accessible to the public.

The questions are part of the Fire and Police departments’ pre-employment process. They raise concerns for some that new recruits are being asked to divulge private, probing details about their sexual history.

“This certainly raises eyebrows,” said Mary Turocy, director of public affairs for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Continue reading

Mediation in Boca Raton, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, FL

Mediation can help resolve work related problems and prevent arbitration

Nobody wants to go to court, not an employer and not an employee. Disputes and disagreements are part of work and part of life. If you have or are in a work related dispute, you may do well to consider the services of a mediator. Adelson Law provides mediation as well as arbitration services in Boca Raton, Broward, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood FL, Miami and Miami-Dade. As legal professionals specializing in work contracts and employment law they are in the best position to render sound and unbiased mediation services. Continue reading

Employment contracts in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, FL

Employment contracts offer benefits to employers and employees alike

Employment is a result of agreements between an employers and an employees and this should ideally be properly formulated by way of employment contracts. Adelson Law specializes in labor law and can help you with employment contracts in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood FL, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.

Employment contracts are beneficial for both employers and employees as they detail the conditions and benefits and protect the rights of all parties involved. Whether it is an executive position, a secretarial position, short-term employment or hiring the services of an independent contractor, an employment contract sets out the key elements of the relationship and agreement between the parties. Continue reading

Employment Discrimination Claims: How to Protect Your Business

Employment discrimination claims have the potential to permanently damage the reputation of a business. These claims are expensive to fight, and may bring unwanted publicity to the business. Although it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk of having an employee file a discrimination claim, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of employment discrimination claims in Palm Beach, Florida. Continue reading

Wrongful Termination in Fort Lauderdale

Maintain Thorough Employee Records

One of the most important steps your business can take to fight wrongful termination claims is to keep detailed records of an employee’s conduct. Review the employee’s conduct every few months, and keep an itemized list in the employee’s file of the areas they need to improve. Similarly, written records of misconduct should also be kept. Continue reading

Parting of Ways Documentation

The Parting of the Ways: Documentation

No matter how carefully an employer screens employees during the hiring process, and no matter how well they train and treat their employees, the time may eventually come when they have to terminate an employee.  This process is never an easy one; it often involves emotional responses, especially when the employee is well-liked on a personal level.

Termination of employment can become even worse, however, if it is not handled properly, leaving the employer open to litigation for wrongful termination.  Wrongful termination is defined as any employment termination that violates an employee’s rights: Continue reading

How to Handle Frequently Absent Employees

Most businesses take responsibility for the well-being of their employees.  This is not just the proper approach but there is, of course, self-interest as well.  Employees who can take time off when they are not well will get better faster and will not spread their illness throughout the office.  Sick days and vacation days are good for everyone…  if they’re used properly.

But what happens when you have an employee who abuses sick leave and other absenteeism policies? Employee sick leave and absenteeism management is an important part of running an efficient business, and part of an effective strategy is being prepared for employees who abuse their time off.  Here are a few simple suggestions to protect your business. Continue reading

Think Your Business is Too Small To Be at Risk For A Cyber Attack? Think Again

Smaller firms tend to make the mistake of thinking that their business interests are not large enough to warrant a cyber-attack, but this is not the case.  It does happen and small firms should do more to take care and protect their networks because cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly common.  Too many managers think that they are too small to warrant attention from hackers, leading cyber security to take a backseat to more pressing business concerns.

In fact, research from the House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology showed that 1/5 of all cyber-attacks hit companies with 250 or fewer employees.  Those that do get hit face dire consequences: 60% of them close with six months.  Anyone in business is a target for a cyber-attack. Continue reading

Wage and Hour Disputes Becoming More Common

Employees are spending more time researching what their rights are and looking into lawsuits that can help protect them.  One area where this has led to a sharp uptick in lawsuits is in disputes regarding wage and hour violations.

These lawsuits should not be dismissed or overlooked by management because they can present a serious risk to the company overall.  These lawsuits can cost businesses big time, sometimes in the upwards of hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars where a plaintiff is successful.  Legal settlements frequently include back wages and this can cause a major disruption to your cash flow and profits if you do not respond quickly. Continue reading

Who Factors Influence? Who Can Be Classified as an Independent Contractor?

Many states, in addition to the IRS, have adopted guidelines and definitions about independent contractors, but there is still confusion about what this means for employers.  In the majority of locations, rules regarding independent contractors relate to what level of control the employer has over a product or service specifically related to whether the employer defines what is being done and how it will be done.

Other principles refer to independent contractor status in relation to how the person is paid.  An individual who is on payroll and receives a regular check will be classified as an employee as opposed to an independent contractor.

In order to determine whether someone should be classified as an independent contractor, there are several other factors to consider, including: Continue reading