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Important Contact Information for Fires

Important Contact Information for Fires

With the sudden onset of major Southern California fires, including the devastating Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, we’ve prepared a list of important insurance company contacts for you. As always, Brown & Brown is available to assist you with filing any claims if necessary as well. If you have any questions about your personal lines policies, how to file a claim, or need fire preparedness/fire recovery resources, don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-350-6328. UPDATE: The...

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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Last year, nearly 27,000 charges of sexual harassment were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This number doesn’t include charges filed with state and local agencies or situations where employees went directly to an attorney, and many employees who are victims of sexual harassment or are affected by it never report the incidents at all. Victims and witnesses of harassment often refrain from reporting because the harasser has the power to retaliate or because the organization has not...

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Should romantic relationships be banned from the workplace?

Should romantic relationships be banned from the workplace?

Should we ban romantic relationships in the workplace? Depending on the nature of the relationship, how you handle workplace romances is mostly up to your organization’s preference or policy. If the employees do not report to one another and are engaged in a mutually consenting relationship, no action may be needed. Some organizations prefer to ban office dating, but I find this difficult or impossible to enforce and often not worth the time and effort. It can also create a Big Brother-like feeling, reducing...

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Can an at-will employee be required to give notice before leaving?

Can an at-will employee be required to give notice before leaving?

How do I keep an employee at-will but require them to give notice before leaving? At-will employment means an employee can be terminated by an employer at any time, for any reason, and without warning. The employer does not have to establish “just cause” for termination. Unfortunately, an employer may not simultaneously utilize the at-will employment provisions and require that an employee provide notice ahead of separation. Instead, I recommend requesting that employees provide notice as a...

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Is your work environment hostile?

Is your work environment hostile?

Several employees have complained that one of our managers is regularly abrasive and rude, yelling at employees and sometimes insulting them. Could she be creating a hostile work environment? Possibly, but not necessarily. It sounds like this manager’s abrasive and rude manner has made employees feel uncomfortable and affected morale. It’s worth addressing on those grounds alone, but whether it creates a hostile work environment depends on a few additional factors. A hostile work environment occurs when...

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Do you need a company policy for service animals in the workplace?

Do you need a company policy for service animals in the workplace?

Do we need a company policy related to service animals in the workplace? What if someone asks to bring one in? You do not need to have a specific policy on service animals for your employees. If a request comes up, I would recommend relying on your disability accommodation process and engaging in the interactive process. First, determine if the employee has a covered disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The best way to do this is to provide the employee with a medical inquiry form...

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