McDonald’s and a number of its franchisees face allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation in complaints filed this week. The 25 workers allege they were subjected to unwanted physical contact and other harassment while working at McDonald’s restaurants. Some say they were retaliated against for complaining to their employers. The Fight for $15 activist group […]
The vast majority of states operate under the “at-will” doctrine of employment, which gives both employers and employees the right to terminate a working relationship at any time, for any reason – or for no reason at all. But misunderstandings about the at-will doctrine often gives supervisors a false sense of security: “Hey, we’re operating […]
Turns out even the PGA (the Professional Golfers Association) falls under the auspices of the ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act), which apparently offers no mulligans the second time around. According to the published reports, pro golfer John Daly has been granted permission by the PGA to ride in a cart during competition in this week’s […]
For the second time this year, a California jury has awarded a sizeable $11 million verdict against an employer stemming from a workplace sexual harassment lawsuit, according to numerous published reports. Late last week, a Los Angeles jury found against Alki David, a billionaire Beverly Hills producer of holograms of celebrities, and sided with one […]
Attention all EEO-1 reporting employers: Some additional compliance requirements are heading your way. A federal judge recently ruled that in addition to submitting EEO-1 surveys on employee demographic data, employers now must also report employee pay data to the Commission. The deadline for this new requirement is September 30, 2019. To fall under the EEO-1 […]
Google is back in the #MeToo spotlight, this time for allegedly retaliating against employees who say the company doesn’t protect workers against sexual harassment. Five months after more than 20,000 of its employees walked off the job to protest what they described as a company culture that has allowed a “history of harassment, discrimination, and […]
How should you respond if an employee accuses one of your company’s leaders of sexual harassment? Progressive Women’s Leadership shares important insights to this and many other issues in its e-guide, “Women Leaders Share What’s Working: New Ways to Prevent Sexual Harassment.” Here’s a sneak peek from Chapter 2:
How can you find the information you need to be sure you’re compliant with changes in relevant laws and regulations? The best way is to identify at least one reliable source of information for each of the six primary “buckets” of HR: Hiring, Discipline, Termination, Recordkeeping and Retention, Administering Policies and Procedures, and Legal Updates. […]
We live in a litigious world, and nowhere is that truer than in the workplace. Especially since the #MeToo era began, workplace investigations have come under increased scrutiny.
As a one- or two-person shop wearing multiple hats in addition to HR — payroll and workplace safety are probably under your wing as well — protecting your time is a constant challenge. That includes not reinventing the wheel when it comes to the hundreds of forms you work with during a year. The good […]
The ability to work from home has morphed into a highly valued perk. In response, many companies are implementing work-from-home-benefits for employees in an effort to attract and retain top talent, and to stay competitive. As these benefits become more popular, and more customized, employers are wise to take caution: It’s possible that without a […]
Walmart is already paying a heavy public relations price for its announced decision to eliminate the “Greeter” position at its U.S. stores, replacing those jobs with a new position it is calling “customer host.” Now it faces at least one lawsuit and numerous EEOC complaints alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new […]
Nineteen United Parcel Service employees are suing the giant parcel distributor, saying they suffered repeated racial discrimination and the company did nothing to stop it, according to published reports.
Employees may find it easier to bring sexual harassment and workplace discrimination cases against employers, thanks to Google workers’ success in driving change at the tech giant. The company announced it has ended the practice of requiring workers to sign arbitration clauses in order to work for Google. Those changes were launched after Google employees […]
News flash: The feds don’t like it when you bring in “applicants” for a “working interview” – and then refuse to pay them for the work they perform. The lesson is going to cost a Nashville dental practice $50,000 after a settlement in federal district court. The practice will pay $50k in back wages and […]
Employers in the Big Apple now need to be extra cautious before making employment decisions based on somebody’s hairstyle. The New York City Commission on Human Rights recently released guidance prohibiting firing or demoting employees who wear hairstyles reflecting their culture. Employers are also prohibited from refusing to hire based on hairstyle.