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Two big decisions in two days from the Supreme Court. Read on for details. Same-Sex Marriage is a Go! Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a monumental decision in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al.; Case No....more
On June 22, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that extends workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation protection to unpaid interns. Historically, it was unclear whether an...more
Under the National Labor Relations Act, certain union activities are considered “protected.” That is, employees engaging in union activity, or union representatives carrying out their duties in the context of grievance...more
It’s no secret that the EEOC—and even some courts—read Title VII to prohibit discrimination against transgender employees. A growing number of state and city laws also specifically include gender identity and/or expression as...more
Settlement is often the prudent choice when the odds seem stacked against you, and that may be the case for a city which recently settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ alleged sexual discrimination in...more
A recent labor arbitration decision illustrates that an employer can terminate an employee who uses social media to insult and threaten co-workers in violation of a workplace harassment policy.
This case arose when the...more
As you have likely seen by now, on March 18, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board Office of the General Counsel ("GC") issued an extensive memorandum offering guidance on employer rules and handbooks. This memorandum...more
Potential Ebola virus exposure is a concern that strikes fear in many. Employers may be confronted—if they have not been already—with difficult managerial decisions that must address employees' rational—or irrational—fears of...more
NFI Logistics and Federal Agency Agree to Consent Decree -
CHICAGO - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today resolved its race and national origin harassment suit against NFI Interactive Logistics...more
Combatting the five most common forms of workplace discrimination. Workplace discrimination, in any form, can poison company culture, stifle innovation and depress morale. But the harmful effects go much further. It can spell...more
Maybe it’s just me, but workplace harassment issues seem to come in waves — I’ll go months, or even a year, without an issue, and then WHAM! everybody has a “situation,” or at least they need to get their preventive training...more
In This Presentation:
- What is Disruptive/Impaired Behavior?
- Main Impediments to Addressing Unprofessional Behavior
- Components of Successful Policies
- A Legal Perspective
- Joint Commission and...more
Last month in a nationally televised interview, U.S. Olympic icon Bruce Jenner revealed to the world that he is a transgender woman. While the coming out process for the rest of the nearly 700,000 transgender Americans may...more
For the last several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the "Board") has engaged in a well-publicized expansion of scrutiny for employer work rules and has liberally identified those rules that it believes...more
Last month, the Tennessee Supreme Court narrowed the definition of retaliation under state law. Less than one month later, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio and...more
This post is the second in a series providing guidance on federal rules regarding permissible and impermissible employer handbook policies and rules. ...more
On March 19, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made public new guidance governing a number of keys areas that have been challenging employers for the last few years. These clarifications could affect employers’...more
If Valentine’s Day leads to many office hookups, then April Fool’s Day can be considered the traditional day of mourning for imploded relationships. HR professionals fear April 2: the annual day of harassment complaints...more
Creating a workplace culture where employees feel safe and respected means designing and implementing a workplace harassment prevention program that adapts to emerging issues.
In this presentation:
I. The Persistent...more
Do you have a comprehensive workplace harassment prevention program in place?
During our recent webinar, “Workplace Harassment is Evolving: Is Your Prevention Program Keeping Pace?,” we asked attendees whether they had a...more
In recent weeks much media attention has been paid to an important case against a well-known Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. Since late February, the technology sector venture capitalist...more
California employers with more than 50 employees must include “abusive conduct” prevention training in their mandatory harassment prevention training. Assembly Bill No. 2053 expanded the scope of training required by...more
A New EEOC Task Force for Strategies to Prevent and Correct Harassment in the Workplace is Being Created: This is an Opportunity for Employers to Implement Proactive Measures Now that Will Save them Money Later....more
In Aguas v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently adopted an affirmative defense—available under federal law since 1998—allowing employers to use their anti-harassment policies to limit vicarious...more
In modern employment litigation, the employer’s ultimate goal is to prevail at summary judgment, thereby avoiding the expense of trial and the unpredictability of a jury. A recent decision from the Fourth Circuit Court of...more
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