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Message From Kim: You Know It’s Time to Have A Difficult Discussion When...

Published Monday, May 20, 2019

Do any of you remember those comedy bits that Jeff Foxworthy used to do?  To help you self-diagnose whether or not “you might be a redneck,” Foxworthy would describe certain situations that you might find yourself in and, if you do, you might just be a redneck. For example, he might say something like, “If you give your wife a pair of fishing lures for Christmas and tell her that they’re earrings…you might be a redneck.”  Funny stuff.

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Calling Another Meeting?  Ask Yourself Three Questions!  

Published Monday, May 20, 2019

Meetings can improve company communication, help increase productivity and generate new ideas.  Meetings can also be a huge waste of time and money.  As a leader, how can you ensure your meetings are positive and productive?  

According to McKinsey, before calling your next meeting, ask yourself the following three questions:  

  1. Should we be meeting at all?
  2. What is the purpose of this meeting?
  3. What is everyone’s role?
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Is Alcoholism a Disability?

Published Monday, May 20, 2019

Yes, alcoholism can be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC notes here that the ADA may protect a “qualified” alcoholic who can meet the definition of “disability.”  An individual with a disability is a person who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • Has a record of such an impairment; or
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment.
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Gathering Information for the EEO-1 Report

Published Monday, May 20, 2019

Question: What is the best way for an employer to collect race, ethnic, and gender information for the EEO-1 report?

Answer: Voluntary self-identification is the preferred method for gathering race and ethnicity information for the EEO-1 report. As an employer, you are required to ask employees to self-identify; however, employees are not required to provide this information.

You may find it helpful to clarify why you are asking employees for race and ethnicity information by providing them with a statement explaining its purpose and reminding them it is voluntary and confidential.

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The “Happy Hour” Conundrum Companies Face

Published Monday, May 20, 2019

For many industries and professions, it’s an expectation of the job that you drink to network, connect with clients, or get the sale. Deals are made in the bar and, if you’re not there, then you could be hurting your chances at getting the business.  Drinking can be an integral part of networking events, team builders, and strategy sessions.

How do we make the workplace more inclusive of our non-drinking coworkers? If you’re in charge of the community events at your business or co-working space, thoughtfulness around alcohol can go a long way at making your employees and guests feel included in the celebration versus feeling like they were an afterthought.

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What’s the #1 Way Employers Get in Trouble?

Published Monday, May 20, 2019

It may surprise you to learn that the number one type of federal employment claim is not harassment, it’s retaliation. That’s right – year over year, the majority of all claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are for retaliation.

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Updated Santa Monica Posters

Published Monday, May 20, 2019

The City of Santa Monica has updated its packet of mandatory workplace posters to reflect the following wage increases effective July 1, 2019.

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Message From Kim: Peace of Mind

Published Monday, April 29, 2019

On every social media site and every news channel there seems to be so much negativity and concern about the future. So much of what I read and hear seems like it is out of my control and can really get a person down. One way I combat some of that negativity is to find ways to reduce my stress and increase my peace of mind.

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