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With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

City Council Passes “Hands Off, Pants On” and Automated External Defibrillator Ordinances for Chicago Hotels

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the so-called "Hands Off, Pants On" Ordinance requiring Chicago hotel employers to provide all housekeepers and restroom workers who work alone with mobile notification...more

EEOC Launches New Training Program On Respectful Workplaces

Trainings Focus on Harassment Prevention and Creating Respectful Workplaces for All - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it will launch two new trainings for...more

Is Bullying Harassment?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

California is oft thought of as a trailblazer in the arena of sexual harassment law. Because California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act mirrors Title VII, practitioners and employers in other states often look to California...more

Alert: Employers Should Distribute Updated Sexual Harassment Brochure or Poster

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently issued an updated sexual harassment brochure (DFEH-185) (found here in English and here in Spanish), which replaces the prior version. The DFEH also...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: December 2016 and March, April, June, and August 2017

by Sands Anderson PC on

Happy Fall! The Virginia Supreme Court issued a number of opinions since my last update affecting local government law. Its work resulted in opinions addressing...more

Top Five Proactive Ways for Start-Ups to Avoid HR Nightmares

Unless you’ve been under a rock, the fact that many start-ups have recently found themselves on the wrong side of the litigation or threatened litigation “v.” should not surprise you. In fact, it is often the very things that...more

Brief Answers To Frequently Asked Employment- Related Questions

by Payne & Fears on

With potential deregulation at the federal level and variance among the states, keeping up with employment law can be challenging. Here are some brief answers to employment-related questions frequently asked by corporate...more

Gavel to Gavel: Protecting the workplace from harassment

by GableGotwals on

No employer wants to subject a business to liability for workplace harassment. Not only can a harassment judgment prove costly to the business’s bottom line, workplace harassment can cost businesses plenty in the areas of...more

That Critical First Response to Harassment Complaints: Stage 2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, we wrote about the importance of “first responders” who receive complaints of workplace harassment, and provided tips on how they should prepare for and react to complaints. This week, we continue to focus on the...more

Pennsylvania employers beware: One slur by a supervisor can now create a hostile work environment.

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Third Circuit recently ruled that a single extreme act of discrimination can produce an actionable hostile work environment claim. In doing so, the court clarified that the legal standard for such claims requires that an...more

Third Circuit Holds that A Single Word Can Lead to Liability for Hostile Work Environment

Most employers take proactive steps to prevent and eliminate workplace harassment. Until recently, courts recognized and rewarded the proactive approach. Businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware could avoid...more

3d Circuit Clarifies Standard in Workplace Harassment Cases

In a decision issued last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit clarified that a single comment may give rise to a claim of workplace harassment. In its decision, issued in Castleberry v. STI Group, the court...more

That Critical First Response to Harassment Complaints: A Checklist

by Zelle LLP on

Employers don’t want workplace harassment to occur, but when it does they want to know. Harassment affects morale, distracts from productive work, and can do real damage to its victims. It’s long settled that ignorance is...more

Need Cool Relief From Summer Heat? Try a Refreshing Handbook Update!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although there’s no right or wrong time to do a handbook update, we recommend them annually. Might as well take the opportunity when operations are typically slower, summertime, to give your handbook a...more

New California Bill Would Require Sexual Harassment Training to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Harassment

by Fisher Phillips on

As introduced, Senate Bill 396 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) dealt with medical residence training programs. However, recently the contents of the bill were stripped out and replaced with new and unrelated language...more

California DFEH Issues Updated Workplace Harassment Materials

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Last year, we issued an advisory about new regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) that required employers to update their anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and complaint-investigation...more

Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

by McAfee & Taft on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous...more

Compliance Lessons From Uber: Takeaways for Tech Startups

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

While the media has widely covered the resignation of Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick, it has largely ignored important lessons that tech startups can draw from Uber’s experience. In fact, the series of events leading up to...more

EEOC Wants Employers to “Reboot” Harassment Prevention

Many employers provide some training for their employees on the subject of sexual harassment. Recently, the EEOC has provided its view on employer training. The EEOC’s 16-person task force found that the training spent too...more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Your Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Are racial issues, religious differences, and gender norms creating tension in your workplace? Are the caustic exchanges so evident in news coverage today starting to crop up in the office? Are employees complaining of...more

The Impact of Bill 132: Understanding and Applying Ontario’s Recent Sexual Harassment and Violence Legislation

In recent years, a number of high-profile cases involving sexual violence and sexual harassment have grabbed the headlines and the public’s attention in Canada. The troubling case of Jian Ghomeshi—and the subsequent...more

DFEH Releases Guidelines On Preventing and Correcting Harassment

Last month the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced the release of a new guide for California employers on the steps they should take to prevent and correct workplace harassment...more

DFEH Issues New Workplace Harassment Guidance

Since April 1, 2016, California employers subject to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) have been required to comply with a number of amendments to the FEHA regulations that were adopted by the California Fair...more

Picking a Fight: How California Makes Employment Law Peculiar

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Our mission here at Cal-Pecs is to illuminate how California employment law differs from the law that employers generally experience throughout America. In this back-to-basics piece, we provide some...more

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