A Report Card on my HR Predictions for 2014

OmegaHR Solutions

This time last year I made the following predictions on what would happen in HR compliance in 2014. The year 2014 is a midterm election year. But not in 2014. Unlike the minimum wage, if the Republicans win the Senate, there will be no traction beyond 2014 either.

Workplace Diversity: ‘The Era of Colorblindness is Over’

Cornerstone On Demand

There’s also a culture of the organization that has to be addressed to make sure that people are held accountable if they violate non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies. Workplace diversity is a pressing topic among HR pros.

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Federal Court Allows Discrimination Against Transgendered Employee

TLNT: The Business of HR

Under federal law ( Title VII) , employers cannot discriminate because of one’s sex. Indeed, they’ve begun filing federal lawsuits on behalf of transgender employees who claim to have been discriminated against. HR News & Trends Legal Issues gender discrimination HR management HR News HR trends LBGT Legal Title VII transgender discrimination workplace discrimination By Eric B. Meyer.

Unemployment Discrimination Rears Head Again

HRExecutive

With the economy slowly, but surely making its way back (at least for now), cases involving unemployment discrimination have taken a back seat to recruiting and talent management, as stories go. discrimination hiring HR profession legal issues legislative

President’s Order Would Ban Discrimination for Some LBGT Employees

TLNT: The Business of HR

The White House announced this week that President Obama will soon issue an Executive Order (EO) banning certain federal contractors from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Googling Candidates: Ray Rice Version.

The HR Capitalist

Can that lead to discrimination suits, etc? Ah yes, Googling candidates. Read enough HR Magazine or talk to employment lawyers, and they''ll tell you Googling candidates is questionable at best, as is looking at candidates on social media. . You could get sued.

When an Employee Handbook Goes Beyond What the Law Requires

TLNT: The Business of HR

HR News & Trends Legal Issues employee handbook HR basics HR communications HR management Legal workplace discrimination By Eric B. Meyer. I’m gonna pause for a sec while you go and grab a copy of your company’s employee handbook.

The 12 Days of Employment Law Christmas (2014)

Ohio Employer's Law

Have a great end to your 2014, and happy holidays, regardless of your holiday of choice. 8 discriminating managers , 7 sex harassers, 6 guys-a-lying, 5 Facebook firings, 4 collective actions, 3 FMLA notices, 2 trade secrets, and a lawsuit for my company.

Is Withdrawing a Discrimination Claim Protected Activity?

HR Daily Advisor

We all understand that filing a discrimination charge with a government agency is protected activity, but one employee recently claimed that withdrawing such a charge is also protected. Raising the issue of discrimination/retaliation during the February 23, 2015, meeting with her supervisor.

Retaliation is not only illegal it is just stupid

OmegaHR Solutions

According to a report produced by The Network called the 2014 Global Ethics Benchmarking Report there has been a rise in whistleblower retaliation. First it is illegal and is as protected as an act of discrimination.

How to Spot and Stop Workplace Bullies

Insperity

Employees should know the behavior that is expected and the discrimination and harassment laws. What image comes to mind when you hear the words “workplace bully?” ” A ranting lunatic who yells and stomps and is king of the insults?

For Women, ‘Assertive’ Still Means ‘Mean’

HRExecutive

career development corporate culture demographics discrimination gender diversity HR profession We really haven’t come that far, fellow females.

DOL Issues Final Rule on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protections

HRWatchdog

Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a new rule on December 3 prohibiting discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal contracting workforce. The rule implements Executive Order 13672 , which was signed by President Obama on July 21, 2014, and directed the DOL to update the rules implementing EO 11246 – Equal Employment Opportunity to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes it protects. Discrimination The U.S.

Recap of #hrintelchat on pregnancy discrimination

Ohio Employer's Law

Yesterday afternoon, Jeff Nowak and I had a lively tête-à-tête on Twitter—aka the #hrintelchat—on all things pregnancy discrimination. Related Stories Jury verdicts are just numbers on a paper Putting paternity leave on equal footing with maternity leave, #hrintelchat More on anticipatory pregnancy discrimination. pregnancy discrimination

How to Avoid Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Insperity

Avoiding pregnancy discrimination in the workplace is a top priority for employers. And it’s also a hot-topic these days, especially with the new EEOC guidelines surrounding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. This could lead to a discrimination claim. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from litigation is to train all managers or supervisors—but especially the ones who are directly overseeing employees. A few quick dos and don’ts.

Forced Pagan Ritual Ends in Discrimination Lawsuit for Virginia Employer

HR Daily Advisor

District Court in Norfolk, Virginia, drives this point home—and reminds employers to train managers and supervisors on discrimination and sexual harassment in order to avoid these types of lawsuits in the future. She has been at BLR since 2014.

Predictions for HR Compliance in 2015

OmegaHR Solutions

Discrimination. The EEOC emphasis this year will be on an expansion of claims of discrimination on the basis of LGBT protection. What will occur in HR compliance?

People Exactly Like Us

NoExcusesHR

Do you support companies that have track records of discriminating against people simply because they are different? When you experience forms of discrimination, large or small, do you speak up or play it safe and remain silent?

An Interactive Process Can Help Resolve ADA Accommodation Claims

TLNT: The Business of HR

Back in 2011, the EEOC announced that it had sued Kohl’s Department Stores for disability discrimination. By Eric B. Meyer. So just how did an employer snatch victory from the jaws of defeat after botching a diabetic employee’s request to work a modified schedule? The EEOC claimed that Kohl’s “refused to accommodate a diabetic employee’s request for a regular schedule and forced her to quit.”

EEOC sends a message about age discrimination

OmegaHR Solutions

As we close in on the 50 th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) the EEOC announced the settlement of a long-lived age discrimination suit against Texas Roadhouse. 31, 2014, to make a claim against the company. How many were discriminated against?

3 Tech Tools No HR Department Should Be Without

Insperity

As a business leader, you’re expected to provide an environment free from discrimination. Does your HR department feel sabotaged by recurring, day-to-day issues that, while not difficult, are time consuming and necessary?

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Drinking on the Job Won’t Get You Fired from this Company

HR Daily Advisor

Alcohol at work could lead to loosened inhibitions or clouded judgment, sexual harassment, workplace discrimination, not to mention workplace injuries and other potential sources of legal trouble.

6th Circuit rules in favor of nonprofit in discrimination claim brought by volunteers

Ohio Employer's Law

American Red Cross [pdf] , the same court applied that test to uphold the dismissal of the Title VII religious discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims filed by two nuns against the organization for which they had volunteered. While you might think it’s cold to conclude that two nuns could not pursue discrimination claims, this case makes a broader policy statement in favor of nonprofit organizations. discrimination In Bryson v.

If you have not updated your handbook this year you are way behind

OmegaHR Solutions

Retaliation as an EEOC charge is now larger than any other area the EEOC considers, even bigger than race discrimination claims. The employee handbook is your most valuable communication tool.

Retention and Rewards: The Double Edged Sword

Compensation Force

It''s time we become more discriminating and strategic in our retention efforts and stop spreading them evenly across the organization. Employee retention is a double edged sword.

Fastenal and OFCCP Resolve Hiring Discrimination Claims

Berkshire Associates

Fastenal has entered into a conciliation agreement with the OFCCP to settle allegations of hiring discrimination at its Denton, Texas facility. According to the conciliation agreement, OFCCP alleges that between November 6, 2012 – November 6, 2014, Fastenal discriminated against female, Black, and Hispanic applicants in the hiring process for its 8B Part-Time Laborer Job Group. Recruitment Process Workplace Discrimination Sex Discrimination Gender Discrimination

Pay Violations cost American Workers $50 BILLION per year

OmegaHR Solutions

In discrimination cases there is generally some question of intent. Wage violations cost employees $50 billion per year. You read that right! That is $50 Billion, with a “B”, that American workers are losing on an annual basis.

Labor Complaints Against McDonald’s May Expand Franchisor Liability

HRWatchdog

Discrimination Workplace Policies In a move that may have far-reaching implications, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently issued 13 complaints involving 78 charges against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor McDonald’s USA, LLC as joint employers.

Dos & Don’ts of Screening Your Candidates Online

TalentCulture

Discrimination : Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and state laws prohibit employers from making hiring decisions based on protected class information — information that could be seen inadvertently on a job applicant’s profile. A simple Facebook search could turn up information that, if used against a candidate, could result ina Title VII discrimination claim. Talent Management candidate screening compliance discrimination Nick Fishman online screening Social Media

The times they are a changin’ for LGBT discrimination

Ohio Employer's Law

Office of Special Counsel announced a landmark determination that the Department of the Army engaged in “frequent, pervasive and humiliating,” gender-identity discrimination against an Army software specialist who had transitioned from male to female. In response, the Army agreed to provide training to correct and prevent future discrimination. Congress has been slow to amend Title VII expressly to prohibit LGBT discrimination. Last week, the The U.S.

#HRPickUpLines and the #SHRM14 Expo Hall

True Faith HR

HRpickuplines — Matthew Stollak (@akaBruno) June 21, 2014 @CBforEmployers "You''re so smokin'', your name is listed on a material safety data sheet." HRPickUpLines — Matthew Stollak (@akaBruno) June 18, 2014 @CBforEmployers "How do you like your quotas?

500 Miles An Hour

NoExcusesHR

Issues around human rights, discrimination and racism are evident throughout my posts. "Direction is more important than speed. We are so busy looking at our speedometers that we forget the milestones." - Author Unknown This is the 500th post on NoExcusesHR. I can hardly believe it.

EEOC Adds Pregnancy Cases to Controversy

HRExecutive

Just an update for those who are following the recent pregnancy-discrimination guidelines issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — despite the controversy some think the agency created amidst the pending U.S. EEOC Sues Oran Safety Glass for Pregnancy Discrimination , 9/26.

Law school gets sued for gender discrimination in professors’ salaries

HR Morning

Per the Post, the university hired a consultant to evaluate the law school’s pay structure in 2014. Discrimination & Harassment Employment Law In this week's e-newsletter Pay and Benefits EEOC v. Colorado Seminary d/b/a University of Denver Gender Discrimination pay discrimination University of DenverYou’d think that if any employer would be cognizant of workplace law, it’d be a law school, right?

Analytics Leaders Discuss New Trends

Bersin with Deloitte

From the example cited earlier (what if managers start discriminating against employees with high predicted attrition scores?) Last week I attended the Talent Analytics Leadership Roundtable hosted by Northwestern University and co-sponsored by Sears Holdings Corporation. The event included over 20 talent analytics thought leaders from companies in high tech, retail, financial services, manufacturing, and service industries - a veritable Dream Team of analytics brainpower.