In each of our quarterly webinars, we conduct a series of polls to see what’s really going on out there in the wonderful world of work. Here are the latest results.

Compliance: Harder or Easier?

We asked the over 1,300 attendees of of my last webinar this question:

By far the #1 answer was “somewhat scarier,” with 70% of the votes. If you add that to the second vote-getter “really very extremely scarier,” the sad reality is that 86% of you think compliance is getting harder while absolutely zero of you think it’s getting easier. Yikes.

Litigation: Up or Down?

We also asked this question:

36% report an increase versus only 1% reporting a decrease. In other words, the number seeing an increase is 36 times greater than those seeing a decrease. Yikes again.

Top Ten Scariest Employment Law Issues

We then asked you to rank your top ten scariest employment law headache-inducers. Here’s what you said:

Medical was #1 with 22% of the votes. Next was Terminations with 17%. Next was Wage & Hour with 14% and then rounding out the top 5 were Litigation with 12% and Harassment with 10%. We’ll use this data to guide the content for the Blawg and our webinars going forward to ensure that you’re getting what you really need.

So, What Should Employers Do?

Unfortunately, the increase in litigation is showing absolutely no signs of letting up. That means it’s more important than ever to (1) know the law and (2) take action on key risk areas immediately.

We discussed a variety of ways to achieve those goals in our webinar. Here’s the replay and SlideShare if you didn’t get a chance to join us. Here’s our new and improved Employment Law Tool Box, packed with practical tools and tips to help reduce your headaches in each of the hot spots you identified. It includes termination tips, an investigation checklist, cheat sheets on wage and hour and medical leave laws and much much much more. And here’s how you can sign up for our next free webinar, What’s New & What’s Next in Employment Law for 2014.