Pain Killers and Heroin in the Workplace

As an employer, how do you know if an employee is taking prescribed pain killers at work and may be addicted? What happens if the prescription for the medication has expired and now the employee is buying illegally obtained medication or even worse, has substituted heroin for the similar effect? In a combined years report […]

Marijuana Trends 2017 A Visual Guide for Employers

Imagine you’re a supervisor, walking the production floor.  As you pass a group of employees, you overhear two young men conversing: “Yeah, we were dabbing all night, you should have come down.  I picked up some skywalker wax and my buddy brought his new vape, we were so lit.  How about you? We were at […]

“Professional Applicants” are an Emerging Threat to Businesses

By Rory Montez and Patricia Kotze Since the economic downturn of 2007, many Americans have dealt with decreased wages, less chances for pay increases, and being asked by employers to “do more with less.” A recent report from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors indicates under-employment is rampant.  The report includes figures from the Census […]

Reduce Risk and Ensure Employee Safety with a Security Survey

For most business owners, their biggest concern is employee theft and potential litigation. Both of these have the potential for shutting down a successful business if and when an incident occurs.   Nothing is more important in reducing risks of theft, injury, and minimizing liability and in order to do that, you must control access to […]

Poor Communication Creates Inefficient Employees

A recent study on workplace productivity found that employees spend nearly half of their time of any given workday on unproductive tasks.  For small and mid-size business owners, the loss of worker productivity can amount to almost a million dollars a year. In a study conducted by Webtorials, it was noted that employees waste a significant portion […]

Accusations of Sexual Harassment in Sketch Comedy

Chicago, Illinois is renowned for its sketch comedy scene, and has spawned comedians such as Bill Murray, John Belushi and Tina Fey. Now IO Theater, one of the largest Improv Comedy Schools is reeling from accusations of sexual harassment by female performers. Incidents of unwanted sexual advances by men in positions of authority have been […]

 The Rise of Doxing

  Imagine one day you wake up and find out all of your accounts have been hacked.  Your identity has been stolen. Your credit ruined.  All of your most private information – your Social Security number, criminal history, home address and phone number, even your children’s names and ages – has been published online for […]

How to Avoid Workplace Violence

  Threats of terrorist acts and mass shootings are occurring at an alarming rate.  Employers are being forced to think about the safety and security of their employees like never before.  With that in mind, we have assembled some useful tips for protecting your business and employees.   Know your Industry Some industries are inherently […]

How to Increase your Chances of Surviving a Mass Shooting

With the recent San Bernardino mass shooting at a holiday work party, we felt it would be prudent to discuss some recommendations if you put into such a terrible situation.   With the holiday work party season kicking into full gear, people are fearful of similar incidents. Flee: If possible, clear the building as soon as […]

Hacker Collective ‘Anonymous’ Sets its sights on ISIS

ISIS, the terrorist group responsible for the deadly Paris attack last week has a new enemy: the hacker collective ‘Anonymous’, known for their DDoS attacks and for doxing their enemies. Their current method of working against ISIS is to identify and take down twitter accounts used by ISIS and its supporters, in an attempt to […]