Human Resources

Preparing to Respond to Workplace Harassment

Small Michigan manufacturer pays out $50,000 to settle a harassment complaint filed with a government agency. No handbook. No training. Bad behavior. No investigation. No defense, so write the check. How often does this happen? Not often, but isn’t once still too often? What about lost productivity, the rumors, and even the bad press? The distraction from the core business? The distrust amongst those who would otherwise prefer to be teammates? These always cost more than any fine.

When bad behavior occurs, is an employer without defense? Not at all; you can be prepared.

Adopt a Comprehensive Social Media Policy

A recent survey by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) estimates that only 40 percent of employers surveyed have adopted a social media policy. Yet the social media websites of Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Twitter are four of the five most universally blocked websites. Considerable thought and care must be given to adopting a broadly inclusive computer and social media policy.

Basic Concept of Michigan Unemployment Tax Regulations

Employers fund the “unemployment system” by paying Federal and State unemployment payroll tax. Federal tax provides the operating and administrative funds for each respective state agency. Federal guidelines set minimal benefit standards and maintain oversight of each individual state unemployment program. In each state of business, an employer maintains a separate and specific tax account. They pay monies into this account in the form of taxes. Former employees, or claimants, draw monies out of this account in the form of unemployment benefits.