Love is in the air, and should be in your employee handbook as well

I don’t know if any of you have been to Walgreens lately, but the shelves are littered with heart-shaped boxes and chocolate roses – Valentine’s Day is upon us. As February 14looms, and love is on everyone’s mind, those sweethearts at Ogletree Deakins want to make sure you are aware of the potential hazards of romance in the workplace with a special ❤ themed webinar.

Click here for more information and to register. And if you think office romance isn’t a problem, let me introduce you to my friends Ryan and Kelly.

What do we want? Equal pay! When do we want it? Now would be good for us!

In the ocean that is discrimination claims, a wave is growing and it goes by the name Lilly (Lilly Ledbetter, if you’re nasty). While it has been 8 years since the Lilly Ledbetter case made pay discrimination a major no-no, EEOC claims are at a 15-year high, and an increased number of those are equal pay related. So what can you do to prepare for this major swell? Click here to find out the best way to shred some Title VII gnar.

Wage and hour lawsuits: The new Marsha Brady

If you’re tired of the constant barrage of news about how wage and hour lawsuits are on the rise, raise your hand. If it makes you especially annoyed because you don’t know what you need to do about it, put your finger on the mouse and get ready to click! This article has eight wage and hour questions you should ask yourself, and know the answers to, about your business. Click here to take some action with our friends at Fisher & Phillips.

And don’t forget to start using the 2014 W-4 Form, now available in your Model Policies and Forms guide on HRsimple.com, or click here for the boring old government website.

Listen up! Immigration edition

Our friends at Polsinelli have a new podcast about immigration compliance! That’s everything you’ve wanted to know about the I-9 form that you never wanted to read about. It’s a perfect intro for newbies as it covers the basics, but also a great refresher for old pros, discussing some of the trickier aspects of the updated two-page form. No eyes required! Click here to hear more.

Oh, this sort of technology doesn’t SOUND exciting to you? You’d probably hate all these “modern office” ideas. (For the record, my HR-spidey senses think a dog pulling a beer wagon is a bad idea for the office.)

Friendly reminder – 2013 OSHA Annual Summary required to be posted February 1!

(Yeah, I know, we say this every year! But I like making announcements, so just bear with me.*)

Hear ye! Hear ye! It’s almost time to post your safety and health summary – you know, as required by OSHA.

While this announcement has been, in my own humble opinion, pretty darn informative, in case you need a little more information, click here for a second reminder from our pals at Fisher & Phillips.

*Another important every year announcement is coming up a few articles down, so keep reading!

Illinois – Still worrying about keeping guns out of the workplace? Us too.

It’s a new year, but here’s an old topic: concealed weapons are now legal in Illinois and the application process begins now. Remember, if you want to keep guns out of your workplace, you need to post an “approved” sign – you know, from the official approvers. Now might be a good time to do that. Click here to read more and click here for a copy of the approved sign.