Here are this week’s links to a few good stories we found and selected. We feel they might add valuable insights and perspectives for small to midsize businesses.

All harassment claims must be taken seriously. Responsive action taken by management is an important line of defense should an employee file suit.

Take the case of Cable v. FCA US LLC. The employee, Glenda Cable, filed a claim for racial harassment and cited five separate incidents. Lawrence Wilson, the company’s labor relations supervisor, responded in textbook fashion, which led to a dismissal of the claims by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. To learn how a harassment claim should be handled, read Eric Meyer’s article Why You Should Take All Harassment Complaints Seriously.

Many companies run into situations where the gap between running lean and being understaffed gets blurred.

In The Importance of Properly Staffing Your Team, Joseph Walla lists eight potential problems that could happen when a company is not staffed properly. If your company is running way too lean, a good risk-benefit analysis might be in order. In most cases, the risks just aren’t worth it.

An update on the happenings at the EEOC, guidance on I-9 forms, FTC consumer reports positions, and restrictions on wage history: 

This information (including info for Massachusetts) can be found in a Compliance News Flash. Also included is a warning to keep an eye out for potential raids from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in your local community and workplace. While the Trump administration’s priorities are to arrest those with criminal convictions, others are being caught in the net as well.