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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

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

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

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

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

Fox News Lawsuits Highlight Importance of Workplace Culture

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers should take note of the position Fox News is in due to the proliferation of recent lawsuits against the network by numerous current and former employees. To be clear and fair, the lawsuits only involve allegations...more

Standing ovation for Adam Jones at Fenway

by FordHarrison on

Last Monday, the Orioles made headlines for more than just their 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Orioles player Adam Jones reported that Red Sox fans called him a racial slur several times and threw a bag of peanuts...more

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

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

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

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

2016 presidential election dynamics in the workplace: Free speech? ‘You’re fired’

by McAfee & Taft on

None of us are immune from this year’s presidential election dynamics. Disrespect and name-calling seem more prevalent than policy discussions. The election is highly polarizing, potentially pitting employee against...more

Failing to Adopt and Follow Employment Related Policies and Properly Train Your Staff

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Failing to Adopt and Follow Employment Related Policies and Properly Train Your Staff - ?Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip # 4 Adopt and...more

New Model Rules Make It Unethical to Discriminate

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

As I have for over a decade now, I attended the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting last week serving on the ABA’s House of Delegates – the organization’s main governing body. My exact position is actually State...more

California’s New Guidance & FAQs for Employers of Transgender Employees

On February 17, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced that it was issuing a guidance on how to comply with the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which was geared toward...more

Immediate Action Required: California Employers Must Update Harassment and Discrimination Policies

by Allen Matkins on

Effective April 1, 2016, new California regulations require employers to develop a written, detailed harassment and discrimination prevention and correction policy. For some time, the California Fair Employment and Housing...more

California Enhances Discrimination Laws

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) was recently amended in several significant respects. These amendments include: (a) expanding FEHA’s scope to cover employers with at least five employees, only one of...more

New FEHA Regulations: Understanding California’s New Requirements for How Employers Handle Employee Complaints

by NAVEX Global on

New California regulations require that employers write discrimination, harassment and anti-retaliation policies which include extensive complaint management and investigation procedures. Snapshot - - What has...more

8 Resources for Staying Compliant with New FEHA Harassment Laws

by NAVEX Global on

New California’s 11008 Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations are now in effect. Even organizations that aren’t based in California need to understand the implications — the broad reach of the regulations may...more

California Employers: New Requirements In Effect April 1, 2016. Is Your Harassment/Discrimination Policy Ready?

On April 1, 2016, recent changes by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council to the regulations implementing the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) took effect. Among the changes are an expanded training...more

New California Regulations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment and Pregnancy Disability Leave

New California anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and pregnancy disability leave regulations went into effect on April 1, 2016.  The substantive law regarding these issues has not changed.  However, the new amendments...more

Amended California FEHA Regulations Take Effect on April 1 and Impose New Requirements on Employers

by WilmerHale on

On April 1, 2016, amendments to California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations, dealing with the prevention of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, go into effect. The amendments place an affirmative...more

Additional Employer Requirements Pursuant to New FEHA Regulations Come Into Effect on April 1, 2016

by Buchalter on

Effective April 1, 2016, California employers will have additional obligations pursuant to new regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Below is a brief synopsis of the new FEHA regulations...more

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