Deerfield Advisors – HR Compliance

2015-law-df-bannerWelcome to the DF HR Compliance Blog. Our aim with the articles in this section of the Deerfield Advisor Knowledge Base blog is to provide relevant and helpful information for businesses and Individuals seeking to minimize their exposure to risk. It’s a risky world out there so it helps to be well informed about all the things that can cause loss. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or comments.

The Deerfield Team


2015-law-df-bannerHarassment in the Workplace: How to Respond to Complaints of Harassment

You did everything right. You read parts 1 and 2 of our series, so you know what harassment is and how to prevent it. You’ve disseminated a perfect anti-harassment policy, run fantastic trainings, and carefully vetted new hires. Then one day an employee walks into your office claiming that your best manager has been harassing her for weeks.

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2015-law-df-bannerHarassment in the Workplace: What Makes Good Policy and Training?

In our previous article, we outlined what harassment is and how state laws govern most harassment-related legislation. We also mentioned the conditions, outlined by the Supreme Court in Vance v. Ball State University, under which an employer in any state is liable for an employee’s harassment. The employer is liable if the perpetrator is the victim’s supervisor, i.e. a person who has authority over employment decisions or the daily work activities of an employee. The employer is also liable if the company has been negligent, i.e. has no process in place to prevent harassment.

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2015-law-df-bannerHarassment in the Workplace: An Overview

An elderly employee is called “grandpa” by his coworkers. A young employee complains that the art on the office walls makes her uncomfortable. A supervisor jokes that a female employee might get a promotion if she gets a drink with him after work. A white employee sends derogatory emails to an African American employee. A female supervisor reprimands a male employee for being late to work three times in a row. Which of these instances are forms of harassment?

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2015-law-df-bannerRetaliation claims & what you need to be aware of to prevent them

For six years, reports of retaliation have been more common than any other type of discrimination in the workplace. In 2014, retaliation claims made up a record 42.8 percent of all charges reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That percentage represents 37,955 charges nationwide (double the number filed in 1998) – 3,708 filed in Texas alone!

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2015-law-df-bannerHSA Plans for Business – Why you may want to consider it

With all of the recent media hype regarding federal health insurance reform and the state of the health insurance industry, I’m sure by now you have heard the term HSA. You may be wondering: What does this mean? How does it apply to me as a business owner?

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2015-law-df-bannerEmployee, Contractor, or Something Else? Why it Matters

“What’s in a name?” asks Juliet—and so should business owners. Does it matter what you call an individual working for you? Though a rose might smell as sweet by any other name, not all labels are equal to the IRS. How you refer to your workers should accurately reflect your relationship with them, including how much responsibility you have for their taxes. Continue reading…


2015-law-df-bannerEmployer Shared Responsibility requirements for 2015 and beyond – Additional information on safe harbors

On Feb. 10, the final regulations for the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions (also referred to as the “employer mandate”) under the Affordable Care Act were released by the Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury.

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2015-law-df-bannerMaking Better Hiring Decisions

Half of all hiring decisions don’t work out; I hear money going down the drain of many restaurant establishments as I write this. The reason for this is pretty easy to deduce; either the restaurant owner makes the wrong decision or the candidate decides they are in the wrong job.

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 2015-law-df-bannerA Brief History and Overview–First in a series on FMLA

Have you ever heard the phrase “you don’t have to be a millionaire to be sued like one?” Well, it’s true. It happens every day in the court systems all across Texas. There are many nightmare scenarios that demonstrate the need for liability insurance protection; so many, in fact, that the most careful, most conservative person I know…yours truly, has an umbrella policy, and I highly recommend it for our clients as well.

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2015-law-df-bannerMaking Better “Restaurant Employee” Hiring Decisions

Prior to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, an employer could deny family & medical leave for any rea-son and even fire an employee for taking the leave. This became more of an issue starting in the 1970’s, as more woman be-gan to work outside the home. By 1990, the work force was 47% female and 53% male.

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2015-law-df-bannerUmbrella Liability Coverage

Have you ever heard the phrase “you don’t have to be a millionaire to be sued like one?” Well, it’s true. It happens every day in the court systems all across Texas. There are many nightmare scenarios that demonstrate the need for liability insurance protection; so many, in fact, that the most careful, most conservative person I know…yours truly, has an umbrella policy, and I highly recommend it for our clients as well.

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2015-law-df-bannerLaw & Ordinance

One of the most important or potentially important types of property or homeowner’s insurance coverage available in some policies & also one of the most commonly overlooked is a coverage called Law & Ordinance.

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2015-law-df-bannerHow to prevent slips and falls in Restaurants

Even though restaurants are not thought of as a “high risk environment,” slips and falls do occur more often than they should and are the leading cause of injuries in the industry. It has been estimated that more than 3,000,000 restaurant employees and 1,000,000 restaurant guests are injured annually from accidental slips and falls. These accidents are costing more than an estimated $2,000,000,000 dollars a year.

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