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Friday, January 20, 2017

2017 Top 7 Employer Resolutions

By Thomas Eden

As President Trump was sworn in and then gave his "every-man" speech, employers can expect a multitude of regulatory changes with the wind at their backs. Keeping these 7 Resolutions during 2017 will allow you to look back with no regrets:

 1)  Weed Through the Thicket of Marijuana Laws, New DOT Regulations, OSHA Post Accident Testing obligations and Create a Drug Free Culture

Employer Challenges:
·         28 states now have medical marijuana and/or recreational laws and opiate drug abuse is rampant
·         all of these laws are different and at least nine states have protection for medical marijuana cardholders
·         DOT Clearinghouse regulations became effective January 5, 2017 that will affect every CDL holder and DOT employer
·          OSHA post-accident drug testing regulations became effective on December 1, 2016

2)  Adopt Legally Compliant Harassment Policies, and Consistently Enforce Them, to Stop Bullying, Disrespectful Behaviors and Acts of Prejudice

Employer Challenges:
·         workplace harassment was the number one most costly claim for employers in 2016
·         disrespectful and bullying behavior, and acts of prejudice are destructive to a team can do all culture
·         updated training and policies in line with current culture and communication expectations is lacking
·         few workplaces have a written plan for how to handle a harassment claim and bring it to early internal resolution

3)  Learn the 7 Leadership Secrets of Undercover Boss and then Put on the Wig

 Employer Challenges:
·         wanting to have their voice heard is the number one desire/complaint of employees
·         how do you put a face and name on decisions of the company
·         how do you create a true team environment that leads to an exceptional workplace
·         until top leadership learns the lesson - nothing changes

4)  Focus on the Future of Work in your Industry

Employer Challenges: Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies and a 4th Industrial Revolution. It includes cyber-physical systems and the Internet of things. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a "smart factory" in line with the promises of President Trump.

5)  Prepare for the Convergence of Trade Secret Theft and Cybersecurity
 Employer Challenges:
·  Trade secret theft is a rapidly growing global problem that converges with cybersecurity.
·         virtually all assets being digital and connected to the internet
·    unscrupulous competitors, employees, even countries, trying to take advantage to help enhance their business fortunes and economies 

 6)  Get your Form I-9s ready for an ICE audit aboard the Trump Immigration Enforcement Train

Employer Challenges:
·   Restaurant Request Lower than $90,000 Fine for Form I-9 Worker Verification Errors
·      7-Eleven Manager Gets Four Years in Immigrant Labor Scheme

7)  Prepare to Pivot on Employee Heath Care Coverage

Employer Challenges:
·      Obamacare has created a nationwide culture of part-time employees
·      deductibles and premiums have risen to unsustainable amounts
·      the Republican solution for repealing and replacing is going to create some very unique cost-saving opportunities

·    Tommy Eden is a partner working out of the Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP offices in Opelika, AL and West Point, GA and will be presenting on this topic to the East Alabama SHRM Chapter at 11:00 am on January 26 where he will share solutions to help employers keep these 7 Resolutions. He can be contacted at or 334-246-2901. Visit for meeting info.