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Discover (or rediscover) U.S. employment law: Your questions, our answers

by Dechert LLP on

Companies doing business in the U.S. invariably encounter a legal system and employee relations laws that differ in many significant respects from those in other countries. The sources of U.S. law come from the U.S. federal...more

Sealy of Minnesota to Pay $175,000 to Resolve EEOC Finding of Unlawful Racial Harassment

Senior Management Failed to Take Action on Complaints Involving Noose, KKK Hood, Racist Epithets and Jokes at Work, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - Sealy of Minnesota has agreed to pay $175,000 to resolve a charge...more

Tattoo U: What Can Employers Do About Offensive Body Art?

by Fisher Phillips on

A version of this article originally appeared in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal. - The Philadelphia Police Department is now enforcing its first-ever tattoo policy forbidding on-duty...more

Harassment in the workplace: Where do we stand? Where are we going?

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently created a Select Task Force, comprised of 16 highly qualified individuals from diverse professional and personal backgrounds, to examine where U.S. employers...more

Permissive Cultures Make Training a Scapegoat rather than a Competitive Advantage

by NAVEX Global on

Thanks to the onslaught of digital tools available to us today, primarily social media, we are getting a glimpse behind the curtain at a lot of companies. Employees are freely commenting on their employers, and the missteps...more

EEOC Orientation-Bias Guidance Stirs Controversy among Commentators

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The public comment period for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed workplace harassment guidance closed last week. The EEOC’s broad definition of sexual orientation bias drew attention from...more

Is Your Anti-Harassment Training Making the Grade?

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

If your initial response to this question is, "What anti-harassment training? Are we still supposed to be doing that? Isn't that kind of 'old school'?", your first step needs to be planning anti-harassment training in 2017....more

Jackson Lewis Files Comments on EEOC’s Proposed Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Jackson Lewis has submitted comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment. The Proposed Guidance sets out to define what constitutes harassment, examine...more

March Preparedness: Inadequate Employee Training May Cause Even the Best Employers to Suffer an Upset

Employers implement employee training programs for a variety of reasons, such as furthering professional development and improving poor performance, ensuring compliance with information security protocols and competence using...more

Third Circuit Rules Private Hospital Is Subject to Medical Resident’s Title IX Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Doe v. Mercy Catholic Medical Center, No. 16-1247 (3d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that the nondiscrimination and anti-harassment protections of Title IX...more

Avoid Paying The Piper: Tune Your Startup to Avoid Harassment Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Heeding some lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley” can help employers avoid mistakes related to potential hostile work environments and discrimination that might occur in a startup environment. In a...more

EEOC Issues New Harassment Guidance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued proposed guidance crystallizing the agency’s expectation that employers be proactive in eliminating workplace harassment. The Proposed Enforcement Guidance on...more

Key Takeaways for Employers from the EEOC's Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment

by Baker Donelson on

Thirty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held in the landmark case of Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson that workplace harassment is an actionable form of discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....more

EEOC Public Input Deadline on Proposed Harassment Enforcement Guidance Extended to March 21

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it extended the public input period on its proposed enforcement guidance on unlawful workplace harassment. The public input period...more

New Year, New Resolutions: Reviewing, Updating and Even Eliminating Policies

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

For employers across the Carolinas, the New Year presents the ideal opportunity to review and update important company policies. In some instances, there may be policies that need to be eliminated altogether. This article...more

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seeks Public Input on Proposed Harassment Enforcement Guidance

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

On January 10, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had released for public input its proposed enforcement guidance on unlawful harassment under federal employment discrimination laws....more

Christmas party incident of sexual harassment leads to dismissal, then reinstatement, of firefighter

by Dentons on

A male firefighter who had been “drinking heavily” has won reinstatement to his job after being fired for sexually harassing a female coworker at the fire department’s Christmas party. The Christmas party was held at a...more

EEOC Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

The EEOC is seeking public comment on proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful workplace harassment under the federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the agency – namely, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...more

Now is the Time for Employers to Update Harassment Prevention Procedures and Get in Compliance with New EEOC Guidelines

On January 10, 2017, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that it is seeking public input on proposed “Enforcement Guidance” designed to address harassment in the workplace. The...more

New Jersey Employers Prepare for 2017

With 2016 coming to an end, New Jersey employers must ready their business for the coming year. With this in mind, we have compiled the following information for New Jersey employers to consider as we enter 2017: - The...more

Handbooks, Onboarding and Gingerbread Lattes

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

My December routine is pretty predictable…sitting by the fire with my favorite holiday season beverage and my laptop fully charged to update employment handbooks and forms for the new year. As an employment law policy and...more

Top 5 HR resolutions for not getting sued in 2017

by FordHarrison on

As 2016 draws to a close, each of us will likely take time to reflect on what we hope to achieve in the coming year. In my case, this reflection usually involves resolving to be happier and more productive and reduce my carb...more

EEOC Issues Publication Informing Job Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions of their Employment Rights

by FordHarrison on

On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a user-friendly resource document aimed at informing applicants and employees with mental health conditions about their workplace rights...more

Managing Employee Interactions in the Wake of the Trump Election

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

You may have been able to keep politics away from the annual Thanksgiving gathering of relatives with diverging viewpoints, but the workplace requires daily interaction. What’s an employer to do with emotions still running...more

From the Archives: Back to the Basics on Sexual Harassment Prevention

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Wrapping up my look back this shortened week at some “Basics” posts, here’s a reminder of the obligations employers have to conduct sexual harassment prevention trainings. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for your...more

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