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The Ten Arbitration Trends Of 2017

2017 was a big year in arbitration law. We went from a country that seemed on the verge of banning arbitration in most consumer and employee contracts to a country whose federal policy embraces arbitration in nearly every...more

Time for employers to up their game for preventing workplace harassment

by McAfee & Taft on

Franken. Lauer. Spacey. Weinstein. Moore. And others. There is no question that in 2018 all employers will be facing growing harassment challenges. That means now is a critical time to assess the effectiveness of your policy,...more

Illinois Law Requires Quick Action on Sexual Harassment Policies for Units of Local Government

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In light of the recent spotlight in entertainment, government, media, and the law regarding unlawful harassment in the workplace, the Illinois legislature has recently taken action to ensure local governments have a handle on...more

The Basics of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Posting

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In yesterday’s post, I talked about the basics of what is and is not “sexual harassment”. Continuing the theme of going back to the basics, employers in the Constitution State have certain posting and training requirements...more

[Webinar] Top 10 Steps Employers Can Take Today to Prevent and Properly Handle Sexual Harassment Claims - December 14th, 10:00am...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Sexual harassment has been against the law for decades, making the recent spate of high-profile claims dispiriting to say the least. The renewed spotlight on sexual harassment will result in more claims from employees, so...more

Sexual Harassment 2018: It Is Your Business

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Sexual harassment in the workplace (at least in most workplaces) has been unlawful for more than 30 years. Companies are required to post information about federal and state law (where applicable) identifying sex...more

Could Congress Ban Arbitration Of Sex Discrimination And Harassment Claims?

by Fisher Phillips on

A bipartisan group of federal legislators has turned their attention to the sweeping revelations of sexual harassment in the American workplace by introducing a bill that would prevent employers from forcing claims of sex...more

Mainstream Recognition of Sexual Harassment Prompts Bill Prohibiting Arbitration

by Murtha Cullina on

Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against business leaders, politicians and artists, have become a front page staple of newspapers across the country. Many are shocked by the allegations and claim to wonder how...more

Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Who’s Next?—Are you prepared for harassment allegations in your...

by Ruder Ware on

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not new. However, the rash of recent cases reported in Hollywood, Corporate America, and our Federal Government are shining a new spotlight on the issue. As an employer in Wisconsin,...more

What IS (and is NOT) Sexual Harassment (Legally Speaking)

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

With all the focus on sexual harassment in the news lately, one thing missing from most of the coverage is an actual explanation of what is (and is not) “sexual harassment”. At least according to the law....more

Addressing Workplace Harassment in an Age of Heightened Awareness - Four Steps Employers Can Take Now

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The hashtag #MeToo started a long-overdue, nationwide conversation about sexual harassment. It is a source of strength for those who have suffered silently, and revelations about new high-profile harassment cases are emerging...more

Proposed Bill Targets Arbitration of Sex Discrimination and Harassment Claims, Threatens Arbitration of Any Employment Disputes

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week seeks to make it illegal for employers to enforce mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration agreements with employees alleging workplace sexual harassment or other sex-based...more

New Sexual Harassment Requirements for Illinois Lobbyists

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Take action now to meet the new policy, training, and certification requirements. Beginning January 1, 2018, Illinois lobbyists and their employers must comply with new sexual harassment compliance rules. Governor Bruce...more

New Bill Would Outlaw Mandatory Arbitration Agreements For Sex Discrimination Disputes – Is A Poorly Constructed Bill The Right...

by BakerHostetler on

Prior bills have attempted, unsuccessfully, to eliminate individual arbitration as a means to resolve employment disputes. Senator Al Franken introduced several bills, starting in 2009, to forbid pre-dispute mandatory...more

How Well Do Your Anti-Harassment Tools Work Overseas?

by Littler on

The 2017 tsunami of high-profile sex harassment allegations against politicians, entertainers and news reporters has employers rethinking their approach to eradicating workplace harassment. And this issue is global—the news...more

Will The “Spirits” Of The Holiday Haunt You? (Not Just Your Obligatory “Holiday Party” Blog Post)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Over the next few weeks, we’re going to weigh in on the growing national debate around the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations. To date, no one seems immune from the allegations: celebrities,...more

SLOW DOWN Congress: You Are About To Render The FAA Inapplicable To Employment Disputes (And Class Waivers), And You Probably...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pending bi-partisan legislation aimed at preventing employers from enforcing arbitration agreements of sexual harassment claims might make employers unable to enforce arbitration agreements, and class...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

Proposed Bill Would Prohibit Confidentiality in Sexual Harassment Settlement Agreements

In light of the sexual misconduct scandals that have dominated the news as of late, it was only a matter of time before proposed legislative responses would arise. Pennsylvania employers should take note of one proposed bill...more

The More You Know... Or Others Think You Know: Fifth Circuit Finds Decision-maker Had Knowledge to Constitute Retaliation

The Fifth Circuit has issued another opinion in the continuing saga of Jackson State University and its past athletic director, Dr. Vivian Fuller—this one about retaliation against a witness. To refresh everyone’s memory: A...more

November 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

Web Exclusive: 5-Step Plan To Address Growing Sexual Harassment Concerns

by Fisher Phillips on

For several months now, it seems that each new day has brought about a fresh round of reporting on yet another high-profile sexual harassment accusation. What started in October with substantiated allegations against movie...more

Title IX Procedures and The Need for Fairness to All Parties

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Recent headlines make clear that sexual harassment is a serious problem in our society. It has also been a focus of attention on school campuses. Since the adoption of Title IX, colleges and universities, as well as other...more

Insurance Coverage for Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

by Blank Rome LLP on

The last several weeks have brought seemingly unending news detailing allegations of sexual impropriety against politicians, celebrities, the news media, and other public figures. As a wave of victims march forward and social...more

New Transgender Rights Requirements for California Employers

by Hogan Lovells on

Transgender and gender non-conforming employees now have added protections in California workplaces. On October 15, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed an amendment to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

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