$450,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement Highlights the Seriousness of the Problem

HRWatchdog

Nearly one-third of all EEOC complaints are sex discrimination charges (which includes sexual harassment). Employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t stop the problem from occurring.

The Tone Starts at the Top: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

HRWatchdog

Statistics show that sexual harassment remains a big problem for employers. Sexual harassment is not a problem of the past. Lately, it seems that not a week goes by without another news report on allegations of rampant harassment at high-profile companies.

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$450,000 Sexual Harassment Settlement Highlights the Seriousness of the Problem

HRWatchdog

Nearly one-third of all EEOC complaints are sex discrimination charges (which includes sexual harassment). Employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t stop the problem from occurring.

Tips to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

HR Daily Advisor

Nearly everyone knows that sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. But not everyone knows exactly what constitutes sexual harassment, and what employers can do to prevent it. Legal Definition of Sexual Harassment.

Why Isn’t Workplace Sexual Harassment Training Working?

HR Daily Advisor

As I write this article, the newspapers and airwaves are filled with more reports of alleged sexual harassment in workplaces around the country. It’s as though the media has suddenly discovered a whole new world of discrimination to report on. Lessons Learned.

$1.47 Million Awarded to California Workers in Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Case

HRWatchdog

Ignoring employee complaints of sexual harassment could cost you a lot! Think that sexual harassment is a problem of the past? Sexual harassment charges still make up 17 percent of all charges received by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Today’s Sexual Harassment Case: Elf v. Santa

HR Daily Advisor

Drelling shared the story of a sexual harassment complaint in Santa’s workshop and how the company handled it so very ho ho horribly wrong; today, Drelling shares how the company should’ve handled the situation with this mall Santa. Learn More.

Why Do Some Get Away With Sexual Harassment

Workplace Coach

How do they get away with sexually harassing those who work for them? Here’s why: The CEO/”star” exemption. More than thirty women accused the 65-year old Weinstein of harassment. His sexual misconduct, including rape allegations, constituted an open secret, publically joked about during the 2013 Oscars. One accuser described the balance of power as me: 0, Harvey Weinstein: 10. Did harassment cost Ailes, O’Reilly or Weinstein?

Job blackmail is not the quickest way to a girl’s heart

OmegaHR Solutions

Sexual harassment is not the best way to get a girlfriend. Over the history of mankind men have tried multiple ways to woe women. Using the “power and position” ploy often does not work and as you might suspect the worker refused his advances. The Settlement.

Is Workplace Bullying Illegal?

HR Counselor's Corner

Workplace bullying is on the rise. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines bullying as “abuse and mistreatment of someone vulnerable by someone stronger or more powerful,” In the workplace, that could include verbal or written teasing, intimidation, or threats to cause harm.

Huge $5M EEOC settlement spotlights an enforcement priority that you may be overlooking

The Employer Handbook

In late December of 2012, the EEOC approved its Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2013-2016. Sadly, one of the agency’s enforcement priorities has been ignored on this blog. Last week, the EEOC’s enforcement efforts paid off with a $5 million settlement.

Cornerstone Report Details Effects of Toxic Employees in the Workplace

Cornerstone On Demand

They are the folks that always have something negative to say in a meeting. The ones who join the conference call halfway in, if they even bother to show up. They not only cause frustration, they can cause significant damages to the workplace.

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It’s another “when a hostile work environment isn’t a hostile work environment” post

The Employer Handbook

Second verse, same as the first. All of us have heard the words “hostile work environment” bandied about to the point where the most minor slight in the office can supposedly create a hostile work environment. Sexual Harassment

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Time’s Up: I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

HR Daily Advisor

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! Let’s be clear, 2017 was the year of the woman. Don’t just talk the talk, do the walk. This not only gets down to the truth, but it also enables accountability.

Stop Wasting Time Measuring HR Data

UpstartHR

You need to know ahead of time (or at least have a general idea) about how the information can help you. If you’re gathering data for the sake of gathering data, then you are wasting time and resources, and you’re probably harming your credibility as well. Please.

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Cornerstone Report Details Effects of “Toxic Employees” in the Workplace

Cornerstone On Demand

They are the folks that always have something negative to say in a meeting. The ones who join the conference call halfway in, if they even bother to show up. They not only cause frustration, they can cause significant damages to the workplace.

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HR Basics: Temp Employees Really Need Anti-Harassment Training, Too

TLNT: The Business of HR

As one employer found out, it’s easy to slip up when training (or not training, as the case may be) temporary workers. For example, in this recent case , a temporary employee alleged that she was a victim of sexual harassment. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

Should an Office Romance Be Allowed at Work?

Stratus

According to a 2015 Vault Office Romance survey , 51% of workers admitted to being in an office romance at some point in their career. Since they’re probably already happening, a better strategy is to be aware of the dangers and to have a plan in your back pocket of how to cautiously handle any workplace love connections. Although they make work much more exciting for the couple involved, office romances provide a number of workplace issues.

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Not enough money spent in HR teaching the rules

OmegaHR Solutions

Managers need training that will prevent discrimination lawsuits. I read a lot of articles and newsletters from law firms and the government looking for topics for this blog. Here is a list from the EEOC : ABL Management to Pay $35,000 to Settle Retaliation Lawsuit with EEOC.

And another thing…Her too

hrpockets

Another thing that unexpectedly took up a lot of brain space for me in 2018 goes all the way back to a conversation that started in 2015. For several years now I’ve been part of the SHRM Blog team that gets a pass to conference each year in exchange for writing about the event. Even though this was my third time being at annual conference, I still didn’t know a lot of the group and I kind of stuck to myself at these events and a handful of familiar faces.

A data breach is often an employee problem

OmegaHR Solutions

According to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report “phishing” is still a major source of data breaches. They found that 23% of recipients of phishing emails were opening them and 11% were clicking on the links in the email. Training and awareness.

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It’s Summer – Do You Need to Reacquaint Employees With the Dress Code?

TLNT: The Business of HR

As more companies are progressively adopting a business casual approach to dress and grooming, owners are put in the position of having to define more clearly what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate attire in the workplace. It’s a training and communication issue.

[Webinar] Whew! Harassment Investigation Done – Or Is It?

HRWatchdog

You’ve worked closely with your legal department to investigate a harassment complaint, taken corrective action and disciplined the harasser. Both presenters are top experts in sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The post [Webinar] Whew!

Why You Got Fired After the Holiday Work Party

Workology

This post was originally featured over on the Huffington Post. It’s that time of year when employees begin celebrating after hours with their co-workers, managers and other work colleagues at the company holiday party. Use the Wingman Strategy. Hands Off and Eyes Up.

Denying an employee’s attempt to rescind her resignation may be…retaliation?!?!

The Employer Handbook

According to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Porter v. Houma Terrebonne Housing Authority (opinion here ), it went more like this: Tyrikia Porter worked for the Houma Terrebonne Housing Authority for several years. A termination is the clearest example.

What it really means to be Facebook friends with co-workers

The Employer Handbook

What are the risks of becoming Facebook “friends” with a co-worker? The well-worn employer-lawyer mantra from way back when has been, “Supervisors should not ‘friend’ their subordinates on Facebook.” Social Media and the Workplace

Top 10 Problems with Office Romances????

HRWatchdog

In Vault.com’s 2015 Office Romance Survey? , Although employers should generally avoid inquiring into an employee’s off-duty activities, particularly in the absence of a showing of any impact at work, an employer may rightly be concerned about liability related to workplace romances. One concern for employers is that if the relationship goes bad — and many will — one of the employees may bring a claim for sexual harassment or sexual discrimination.

The 10 Most Common Mistakes in Documentation

HR Daily Advisor

Unfortunately, says Fentin, when you get sued, it always appears to be the Big Bad Employer versus the Poor Innocent Employee. Documentation is often the key to defending yourself. Describing the individual, not the conduct, or using vague terms like “Bad attitude.”

The Good, the Bad & the Maybe: Should You Rehire Former Employees?

Insperity

In today’s competitive hiring environment, are you plumbing all the possible places to find top candidates? Every company should have a formal, legally vetted policy to address the hiring of former employees. The answer: It depends. Weigh the positives and negatives.

Can an Employer Prohibit Employees from Dating One Another?

HR Daily Advisor

For many, the workplace is a prime opportunity to meet someone you may eventually have a romantic interest in. However, employers may have another opinion on the matter. What Are the Potential Pitfalls of Employee Romances? The employers may fear: Productivity losses.

The Good, the Bad & the Maybe: Should You Rehire Former Employees?

Insperity

In today’s competitive hiring environment, are you plumbing all the possible places to find top candidates? Every company should have a formal, legally vetted policy to address the hiring of former employees. The answer: It depends. Weigh the positives and negatives.

EEOC Releases Annual Performance and Accountability Report

HRWatchdog

The EEOC obtained more than $525 million for victims of discrimination in the workplace in fiscal year 2015. According to the EEOC’s Report, the agency obtained a record $356.16 The EEOC continued to build a strong systemic enforcement system.

Revisit: The 5 Love Languages & How Yours Impacts Your Relationships

HR Ringleader

* From the dusty archives… I recently had a conversation with a friend about this book and it was a good reminder to revisit how understanding expressing love can help in all your relationships. The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. The five love languages.

Workplace Harassment Focus of EEOC Meeting

HRWatchdog

Workplace harassment is alleged in approximately 30 percent of all charges filed with the U.S. By identifying underlying problems in workplaces and industries where we see recurring patterns of harassment, we are developing strategies that focus on targeted outreach and education as well as systemic enforcement to promote broader voluntary compliance,” Yang said at the EEOC’s meeting on January 14. Unlawful harassment does not just mean sexual harassment.

#Employee Feedback Is The Killer App #HR

TalentHQ

A new market has emerged: Employee feedback apps for the corporate marketplace. These tools are powerful and disruptive, and they have the potential to redefine how we manage our organizations. The answer is clear: building a highly engaged workforce is difficult.

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