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Sexual Harassment

Senate Democrats Propose “Largest Overhaul” of Sexual Harassment Laws in “Modern Connecticut History”

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last week, I posted about a proposed Governor’s bill that would expand the training requirements for some employers. However, that appears to be just a small part of a wider political battle that is about to be raised....more

Sexual Harassment Dominates California Legislation in 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

As we discussed back in January, sexual harassment appears to be the hot topic for the California State Legislature’s 2018 session. This is certainly not a surprise, as issues related to sexual harassment and the #MeToo...more

Investigating Claims of Harassment: A Step-by-Step “How To” Part 5: Other Sources of Evidence, Summarizing the Investigation, and...

by Bryan Cave on

Before concluding a harassment investigation, the investigator should follow up with other possible sources of evidence, record and summarize the investigation, and reach a conclusion. This fifth part of a six-part series...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Cuts Tax Breaks For Sexual Harassment Settlements

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

#TimesUp and #metoo has dominated the news cycle for months. With the public spotlight on the Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Larry Nassar scandals, some people fear confidential settlement agreements may perpetuate sexual...more

No tax deduction for sexual harassment payments subject to NDAs

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Parts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that took effect January 1, 2018, have amended Section 162 of the Internal Revenue Code to eliminate tax deductions for settlements, payouts and attorney’s fees “related to sexual harassment...more

Attorneys General Support Ending Arbitration of Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

by Murtha Cullina on

Last week, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to leaders in Congress, urging the passage of legislation that would prohibit mandatory arbitration of workplace sexual harassment claims. In the...more

Even In The #Metoo Era, There Are Limits On How Employers Can Treat Office Romances

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The #MeToo movement has understandably made employers more concerned about sexual relations between coworkers. An office romance may seem consensual, but is it really? This is especially problematic when there’s a power...more

Employment Law 2017 Year in Review

by Barley Snyder on

While the buzz and publicity on the issue has been mainly contained to the worlds of politics, media and entertainment, with recognizable names such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. all facing...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

Investigators Beware: NLRB Case Reminds Employers Not To Require Confidentiality

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The headlines seem to be filled with stories of workplace harassment. Employers are feeling pressure to respond quickly and appropriately to complaints of harassment. How that is done is important as the investigation can...more

Be My Valentine! – BUT First Please Review and Sign Below

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: This Valentine’s Day, employers across industries were reevaluating their workplace dating and sexual harassment policies. Various surveys show that 40 percent of workers date or have dated co-workers. ...more

Taxing Decisions: New Rules on Deductions and Credits in the Employment Context

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

As many individuals turn their attention to preparing and filing their tax returns on or before April 15, there are two notable changes to the tax code of which employers should take note. These changes, tucked away in the...more

You Should Know - February 2018

Despite #MeToo Era, Many Employers Say #NotMe - Major revelations of sexual harassment in the workplace have started a long-overdue movement to protect all workers, but most often women, from a long history of abuse. You...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

Back Pay Burden-New Trial Ordered Where Jury Slashed Plaintiff’s Request For Back Pay

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit ordered a new trial in a Title VII case where plaintiff presented evidence he was entitled to back pay, the employer presented no evidence to the contrary, and the jury only awarded a...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

States Ask Congress To Prohibit Arbitration In Sex Harassment Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

A unanimous block of attorneys general from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, not to mention several U.S. territories, sent a letter to Congress on February 12th asking federal lawmakers to prohibit the use of...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 CareerBuilder.com. ...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

Retailer - Winter 2018

If you haven’t heard of #MeToo, I can only assume you live under a rock. This viral hashtag has become a rallying point for people denouncing sexual harassment and assault, including everyone from Hollywood stars to your...more

I Heart You! Office Romance And Risk Management

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

As most turn their thoughts to love and romance this Valentine’s Day, we remind you of the potential liability that Cupid’s arrow may unleash. In this post-Weinstein and #MeToo period, the thought of office romance may...more

A New Valentine’s Day Conundrum for Employers: Could Emoji Messages Amount to Harassment in the #MeToo Era?

It’s Valentine’s Day yet again, but this year the climate is different for employers. Between the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and the near-daily collapse of famous and powerful men (and some women) due to allegations of...more

National Science Foundation Sexual Harassment Notice

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Feb. 8, 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced in its “Important Notice to Presidents of Universities and Colleges and Heads of Other National Science Foundation Grantee Organization” that it was taking...more

Weekly Roundup - February 10.

by Fisher Phillips on

If you are involved in safety or risk management, especially in construction, you recognize that struck-by accidents are almost always among the top three causes of employee deaths. What you may not appreciate is that most...more

Confidential Harassment Settlements No Longer Subject To Tax Deduction

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q.  Has the #MeToo Movement led to any changes on how companies settle harassment complaints? A.  While there are numerous legislative initiatives on the horizon intended to change how employers handle harassment...more

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