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New York State Moves One Step Closer to Changes to Sexual Harassment Laws

by Fisher Phillips on

On March 12, 2018, the New York State Senate passed a bill aimed at strengthening and reforming the state sexual harassment laws. The legislation comes on the heels of the #MeToo movement and mirrors much of what Governor...more

Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training Proposed for New York City Employers

The New York City Council is suggesting additions to the New York City Human Rights Law to expand coverage and extend the statute of limitations relating to sexual harassment claims. In addition, the council proposes...more

Should Companies Change Harassment Training in the Wake of #Metoo?

by Cozen O'Connor on

One of the benefits of the recent #Metoo movement is that companies in every industry are rethinking not only employment policies, but their approach to training and organizational culture. I was recently interviewed for an...more

#MeToo: It Can't Happen Here...That's Just Hollywood

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Those of you who have been working in HR for any length of time unfortunately can provide your own accounts as to why the above title is not true regarding sexual harassment....more

Highlighting Women’s Workplace Rights and Entitlements in the Asia-Pacific Region

Happy International Women’s Day! At a time when women around the globe are proudly asserting their rights to be free from discrimination and harassment at work, here is a quick rundown of some laws in the Asia-Pacific (APAC)...more

“Hands Off, Pants On” When Guests Sexually Harass Your Hotel Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

In an April 2016 survey of 400 Chicago-area women working at hotels, nearly 50 percent indicated that they have had a guest answer the door naked, expose themselves, or were otherwise flashed. Worse yet, 1 in 10 said they had...more

NYC Council to Consider Series of Bills Aimed at Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment

The New York City Council will consider a series of bills aimed at preventing and addressing workplace sexual harassment, both in the private sector and in city agencies. The eleven bills, collectively titled the Stop Sexual...more

Microsoft Has Eliminated Mandatory Arbitration of Employee Sexual Harassment Claims. So, What?

The #MeToo movement. The #TimesUp movement. Icons of media and industry brought down by sexual harassment scandals that date back years and decades. All this has led to much discussion in state legislatures, in legal circles,...more

Ignorance Is Not Bliss: It’s Time To Enact A Meaningful Sexual Harassment Policy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Each day more and more women come forward to share their stories of abuse within the workplace and without. And people are actually listening. In the not-so-distant past, the primary concern for some employers may have...more

February 2018: Defining Sexual Harassment: The State of the Law

Litigation involving sexual harassment, in a variety of forms, emerged as a recurring headline in 2017 and shows no sign of slowing in 2018. The increase in sexual-harassment claims coincides with the widespread and...more

Company Culture, #MeToo and Anti-Harassment Programs

by Michael Volkov on

Companies do not operate in a vacuum. As we know, companies are part of our social fabric and are subject to the same influences as our communities, politics and families....more

Best in Law: Understanding California's New Employment Laws - Partner Joseph Ortiz Provides Update in the Press-Enterprise

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California lawmakers had a busy 2017 addressing various employment issues. A majority of these new laws took effect Jan. 1. If you are an employer and are not yet in compliance, immediate action should be taken to review your...more

NRLB Rules on Google’s Firing of Outspoken Engineer

by LeClairRyan on

A recently released NLRB memo has concluded that Google did not break any labor laws when they fired James Damore. Damore, a senior software engineer, was fired in August after writing and circulating an internal memo that...more

Singapore: Key Employment Trends for 2018

by Morgan Lewis on

We are pleased to share some “crystal ball” predictions on employment trends we expect to see in Singapore in 2018. Among other trends, the momentum of the #MeToo movement is likely to trigger Singapore companies to implement...more

Legal Perspective: Fighting harassment in the workplace

by GableGotwals on

Since the Supreme Court’s 1998 landmark decisions in Burlington Industries v. Ellerth and Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, employment lawyers and human resources professionals have spent the last 20 years preaching no...more

Title VII Evolution Continues: Another Appeals Court Finds Sexual Orientation Discrimination Actionable

by Fisher Phillips on

Another federal court of appeals decided today that Title VII covers claims of sexual orientation discrimination, continuing the evolution of workplace discrimination law that has begun to sweep over the country in recent...more

Lessons for Employers in the Case of a Former Google Software Engineer Fired for Violating Company Anti-Discrimination Policies

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Earlier this week, an NLRB attorney issued an advice memo concluding that software giant Google did not violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"), when the company terminated software engineer James...more

Be Careful What You Say: Not Everything’s O.K.

The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) makes it unlawful to terminate an employee who engages in concerted, protected activity, which generally means that you can say, object and complain, and offer suggestions to your...more

Wait....Does Your At-Will Disclaimer do its Very Important Job?

Human resource professionals and employment lawyers know the importance of an at-will disclaimer in employee handbooks and offer letters. These disclaimers have existed for years, and they are often glossed over because they...more

New Bill Would Expand Workplace Anti-Harassment Training

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The 2018 session of the General Assembly started last week and increasing workplace training is a top priority for passage. Indeed, it is not surprising that we’re starting to see the first proposed legislation to address...more

Sexual Harassment Victims: Why Don’t They Speak Up?

by LeClairRyan on

The news is flooded with reports of sexual harassment and victims finally coming forward after decades, for some, of silence. Why? Having cut my teeth on sexual harassment laws and regulations since the early 1980s and...more

Government Initiatives in Response to Wave of Harassment Allegations Challenges Manufacturers

Two recent developments, generated from the tidal forces of the #MeToo movement should get manufacturers’ attention. On December 22, 2017, Congress adopted a comprehensive tax reform law. Included in the statute is an...more

It’s Valentine’s Day – Is There Love in the Workplace? And Should There Be?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Love is in the air. And in the workplace too. But office romances have hit a 10-year-low, at least according to a new survey from ...more

Investing Claims of Harassment: A Step-by-Step “How To” Part 4: Note-Taking Techniques and Tips for Assessing Witness Credibility

by Bryan Cave on

In any investigation of a harassment complaint, the investigator must interview people and take notes. This fourth part of a six-part series addresses techniques for note-taking and tips for assessing the credibility of...more

EEOC Approves Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has approved its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022. The Strategic Plan serves as a framework for the Commission in achieving...more

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