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Model visitors’ waiver of COVID-19 infection liability form

As long as COVID-19 remains a threat, you run the risk of being sued by clients, vendors, guests and other visitors (“visitors”) who claim they contracted the virus at your office as a result of your inadequate safety measures. One way to limit liability is having visitors sign a form agreeing to waive their rights to sue you for COVID-19 infections before entering the office. Although there’s no guarantee that a court would enforce such a waiver, the Model Form below uses fairly conservative language that has been found to be enforceable in other situations. Caveat: The inclusion of the phrase purporting to insulate you against your own negligence in Sections 3 and 4 is fairly risky and you may want to talk to counsel about whether to use it… . . . read more

COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

How to create a legally sound COVID-19 medical screening policy

Like so many other law offices during the coronavirus pandemic, you may be considering medically screening your employees each day before letting them into the workplace. While screening is highly problematic in normal times, regulators have grudgingly acknowledged that it may be a justified health and safety measure during the pandemic. The operative phrase is “may be,” which means that limits still apply. You need to recognize and ensure keep your facility in compliance with those limits. Here’s how. Three Ways COVID-19 Screening Can Get Your Firm into Legal Hot Water Medically screening  personnel can expose you to three kinds of liability. Privacy Violations Body temperature and information about an individual’s symptoms (or lack thereof) collected during the screening process is personal health information (PHI) protected by HIPAA and other… . . . read more

MANAGING STAFF

Yes! You need an employee handbook

By Julie Ellison bio For many employers, the idea of creating an Employee Handbook is overwhelming. But the importance of having one should outweigh that hesitancy given the peace of mind it can provide you while you are busy running your law firm or business. An Employee Handbook is your road map for what your employees can expect from you and what you expect from your employees. It should be simple, straightforward and relevant. Not having one in place can create huge headaches that are completely avoidable. Here are five good reasons to have an employee handbook: 1. Handbooks Set Employee Expectations Handbooks allow you to clearly set forth everything from job responsibilities to disciplinary procedures, thus keeping employee expectations consistent with the employer. Experience teaches us that employees are… . . . read more

SOCIAL MEDIA

Compliance perspective: How to keep an employee from damaging your practice on social media

In the cyber age, protecting your practice from the potential threat posed by employee blogging, tweeting, Instagramming, and other social networking is a…


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CYBERSECURITY

Worried about a data breach? Here’s why you should be

Your greatest asset, your employees, can represent your greatest threat—a data breach— according to computer security experts…


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TERMINATION BEST PRACTICES

Can your employee handbook help you safely terminate an employee?

If you ever need to terminate an employee, one of the best tools you can have is an employee handbook that sets out clear policies and…


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BLOG

An HR ghost story

By Lynne Curry  bio
My client asked me to find him the one “right” applicant for a critical management position in his company. Out of more than 50 resumes, I chose my…


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SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment in the workplace: how your practice’s policy can make a difference

Employees are more likely to report sexual harassment they witness at work when there is a zero-tolerance policy in place, according to a new study conducted by…


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INSIGHT

Defuzzifying dangerous company cultures

By Rex Conner  bio
Google’s recent events have called into question its company culture, and the cultures of others in Silicon Valley. The questions swirling around the company culture will…


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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Model Policy: Recognition and social functions

Why you need this policy:

From time to time your law firm may wish to recognize staff members’ milestones, achievements, and/or special occasions.


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