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Let's Talk About The HHS "Conscience" Protections For Healthcare Employees

Here's what employers need to know. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of Civil Rights announced that they would be enhancing the legal protections for healthcare workers with...more

Career Outlook For 2018: What's Your Sign, Baby?

And here you were, reading the business news. Silly you. Astrologer and "astro-coach" Mecca Woods (Sagittarius Sun, Aquarius Moon, Leo Rising) tells us what we can expect on the career front in 2018 based on our...more

In Defense Of Confidentiality (Yes, Even In Harassment Cases)

The proposal to do away with confidentiality in sexual harassment settlements is likely to hurt victims at least as much as it exposes perps. One of the most talked-about proposals put forth since the recent sexual...more

Alleged Harasser Is A Victim Of -- ADA "Associational" Discrimination?

I do not think "associational discrimination" means what you think it means. Amber Bridges, a former employee of the Magistrate's Court in the City of Indianapolis, claims she was discharged because of her association with...more

A Visit From St. Nick, Esq.

My apologies to Clement Clarke Moore. Happy holidays! ‘Twas the holiday party, a break from the drudge, Not a creature was sober, not even a judge; The bar was well-tended, with liquor and wine, And all the employees...more

Court Vacates Parts Of EEOC Wellness Rules, Effective 1/1/19

You snooze, you lose, the court said. (In so many words.) Remember the AARP v. EEOC case? That's the one in which the AARP challenged the regulations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission addressing incentives for...more

You Gotta Quit Kickin' HR Around

This bustin' on HR is gettin' me down, You got to quit kickin' HR around. Human Resources professionals seem to be everybody's favorite scapegoat. The profession is under attack yet again -- this time for apparently...more

Bill Would Ban Arbitration In Sex Bias Cases -- Is That A Good Idea?

On Wednesday, Sens. Kirsten Gillebrand (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act. The legislation has bipartisan support, although it's not clear yet how much. ...more

Miss Manners Delicately Sidesteps Employment Law Faux Pas!

And did it with such grace! After all, she is Miss Manners. This is another installment in my unofficial series, "Second-guessing the advice columnists." My all-time favorite advice columnist is Miss Manners, who...more

Don't Believe Everything You Read.

A boss who grabs an employee's breasts without her consent is indeed guilty of sexual harassment. Two law professors co-wrote an article that appeared in yesterday's New York Times with the headline, "Boss Grab Your...more

WHAT NOW? The Sexual Harassment Scandals, And What Employers Can Do To Protect Themselves And Their Employees

Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Charlie Rose. Louis C.K. Roy Moore. Al Franken. John Conyers. The list grows daily. Women and men are coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, and some of the allegations...more

Afraid You May Be A Sexual Harasser? Some Helpful Dos And Don'ts

So, you don't want to be a sexual harasser at work? Good for you! Follow these dos and don'ts, and you should be in great shape. An article in last Friday's New York Times indicated that in light of the ever-growing number...more

Three Hot Regulatory Issues For Employers To Watch

The feds are talking about NLRB-EEOC coordination, an end to collection of compensation data, and an inflation-indexed salary test for the overtime exemption. Here's the scoop. NLRB/EEOC coordination. The National Labor...more

#Metoo? Sure, But Not All Sexual Harassment Is Alike, And Not All workplaces Are Like Hollywood.

According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll published this week, 48 percent of working women believed they had been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. My reaction was, “Only 48 percent?” I would have...more

Reasonable Accommodation Quiz For Employers!

How much do you know about an employer’s reasonable accommodation obligations under the law(s)? Take this quiz and find out! Question 1: Which of the following federal employment laws require reasonable accommodation,...more

6 Ways Employers Sink Their Own Ships

It’s not always the employee’s fault when things go bad for an employer. Sometimes the employer has no one to blame but itself. Here are six of the most common ways employers sink their own ships....more

The ADA: Four Issues To Watch In 2018

Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Federal Bar Association about hot topics under the Americans with Disabilities Act with my blogging buddy Bill Goren, proprietor of the Understanding the ADA blog. If you...more

Title VII Does Not Ban Gender Identity Discrimination, DOJ Says

Asserting that the U.S. Department of Justice “must interpret Title VII as written by Congress,” the DOJ is reversing the Obama-era interpretation of Title VII, taking the position that Title VII does not prohibit...more

Catholic Priest Is (Allegedly) An Equal Opportunity Offender, Court Says, Dismissing Bias Suit

Father, you kiss your mother with that mouth? The recent dismissal of a lawsuit in New York — involving a priest who is principal at a Catholic high school — illustrates why an (alleged) “equal opportunity offender” is...more

"Overqualified,” Or Just Too Old?

Last week, I received a scathing comment from Dale Kleber, a Chicago-area lawyer and a plaintiff in an age discrimination lawsuit. Mr. Kleber did not like my gut reaction to his lawsuit, which was based on an article that I’d...more

Emanuel Confirmed To NLRB, And GOP Now In The Majority

Management-side labor attorney William Emanuel was confirmed by the Senate today as a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Emanuel’s confirmation gives the Republicans a 3-2 majority on the Board....more

Employers, I’m On Your Side — So Watch Out! ;-)

At a client seminar that my office presented during the very contentious 2016 campaign season, my law partner John Doyle delivered an introductory disclaimer. Although I may not have his words verbatim, I will never forget...more

Employment Law Quiz: Bizarro Edition

See how you do with these guaranteed true news items from the last week, all relating to employment law. Then tell me whether you agree that we are living in some crazy times. YCMTSU.* *You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. (I...more

Second-Guessing The Advice Columns: Bad HR Practices Aren’t Necessarily Illegal.

It’s been a while since I’ve picked on an advice columnist for leading readers astray on employment law, but we have one, from the usually-sound Work Advice column by Karla Miller of The Washington Post. The letter writer...more

Too Cute To Work?

In New York, if you’re fired for being too cute, your boss may be guilty of gender discrimination. In a case where it sounds like we are hearing only half of the story, a yoga and massage therapist claimed that her...more

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