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.
In May, 2015, we spoke about an employee who was fired for using medical marijuana.
At that time, the law was unclear as to the right of an employer to do so. Fast forward to July 2017 and we now have an answer (at least as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is concerned). In Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court concluded that employers must accommodate medical marijuana users in the normal course under these circumstances. To learn more, read Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana as a Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace.
Keeping passwords secure is, of course, important.
In Password Security: 9 Tips For Safeguarding Your Company’s Sensitive Data, Julie Bawden Davis offers some very good suggestions regarding password security. We’ve also written about this topic—check out Password manager best practices for keeping accounts secure for more information.
A robust employee benefits package can be the difference when trying to attract the right candidate.
And then, there is the annual issue of open enrollment. We know this story well; our human resource business partners are charged with this task every year for the thousands of employees we insure through a PEO relationship. John Zappe offers some great insights and eye-opening open enrollment statistics in Are You Treating Open Enrollment as a Step-Child? Check it out!