Stephanie Ramsey

February 13, 2019

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

A Conversation with Stephanie Ramsey By Jennifer Padilla Sexual harassment has been a problem that continues to plague workplaces across industries – and funeral homes are no exception. The #MeToo movement spiraled in late 2017 in an attempt to break the stigma and promote dialogue of unwelcome sexual behavior – with prominent men in entertainment, media and politics bearing the brunt of the scrutiny. A Pew Research Center study conducted in early 2018 found that when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, 50 percent of respondents are concerned about men getting away with sexual harassment; 46 percent are concerned with women not being believed; 34 percent are concerned about employers firing accused men before finding out all the facts; and 31 percent are concerned with women making false accusations. The survey also revealed that 51 percent of respondents […]
December 20, 2018

HR Reality Check – Yep, the Stories are True! HR Case Study #12

Scenario: Patterson-Mason Funeral Service is a multi-location business located in the northeastern United States. The business is owned by Frank Patterson and Adam Mason. Between the various locations, the business serves over 700 families annually and employs more than 20 staff members. The business has eight funeral directors, all of whom are identified as nonexempt employees. However, rather than paying overtime, it allows funeral directors to take comp time at a point during the calendar year that is convenient to them. The employees seem quite happy with the arrangement as it allows them to bank additional time for either vacation or personal days. Recently, one of their funeral directors, Pam, asked if she could roll over her unused comp time into the next year as she wasn’t sure she could take the time before the end of the year. Frank […]
November 12, 2018

What Handbook Changes Should You Make as a Result of the Recent NLRB Memo?

There has been much chatter about the recent memorandum issued by Peter Rob, general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board. This memo highlights the NLRB’s decision to roll back previous rulings that had made nine common human resources policies illegal to protect the right of employees to participate in “protected concerted activities.” After reviewing these specific policies, the NLRB determined that unless these policies were being applied in a manner intended to interfere with an employee’s right to engage in protected, concerted activities, then they were legal for employers to apply to their work environment. So, what does this mean for funeral service businesses? Death-care professionals need to look at their existing employee handbooks and/or HR policies to determine if they should be revised to address the change in the NLRB’s position on these policies. Let’s take a look […]
November 5, 2018

Responding to Workplace Violence

Every day in the news there appears to be at least one story about a violent public attack where people are either threatened, harmed or killed in the United States. Many of these occur in a workplace environment. This means there are likely to be employees who are somehow involved with this type of event. They may be the victims, the heroes, and in some unfortunate situations, they may be the perpetrators of the attack. How do we find ourselves at this point in American society? The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently released a report, discussing the development of workplace violence. In the report they discuss the day in August, 1986 when Patrick H. Sherrill walked into the Edmond, OK post office, where he was employed part-time, and shot 14 people to death before killing himself. The media coverage […]
September 14, 2018

HR Reality Check – Yep, the Stories are True! HR Case Study #11

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 Mason Funeral Service is a 500-call funeral business located in the Central Northwest region of the United States. The business is family owned and managed by Donald and Cindy Mason. Don and Cindy have 10 full-time employees and a large roster of part-time employees they call upon as needed. Most have been with the business for multiple years, and they have a very strong and positive team-oriented atmosphere that all the employees appear to enjoy. One of their best full-time funeral directors, Jim, recently notified Don and Cindy that he had cancer and needed to undergo surgery and chemo treatment. The surgery and following treatments would keep him out of work for several weeks. Jim inquired about a medical leave and compensation. The business has various employee documents, including an employee handbook, […]
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