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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. Sex discrimination charges (which include sexual harassment charges) constitute nearly one-third of all claims filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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. Most employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t seem to stop the problem from occurring.

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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. Sex discrimination charges (which include sexual harassment charges) constitute nearly one-third of all claims filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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. Let’s review the legal definition of sexual harassment, and then take a look at some tips for employers on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. Legal Definition of Sexual Harassment.

$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? By now, employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both state and federal law, but that doesn’t stop the problem from occurring. Sexual harassment charges still make up 17 percent of all charges received by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Something wrong with a little bump n’ grind. Sexual harassment, perhaps.

The Employer Handbook

And then I’m like… But then, on Sunday, it’s back the Bloggerdome for a new post. Kelly a recent Fourth Circuit decision in which the appellate court recognized that a single incident — one touch — may create a hostile work environment. The case is called Jones v. She claims that her male supervisor gave her the creeps. And while this is a sexual harassment case, most of the incidents described in the complaint had nothing to do with sex.

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. On the other hand, if you started with a plan to associate the data with business outcomes to actually prove a point, then carry on. Here’s the twist. Please.

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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. While there is no hierarchy among the six, “ protecting immigrant, migrant and other vulnerable workers ” is the one that seems to slip under the radar. Last week, the EEOC’s enforcement efforts paid off with a $5 million settlement.

How to Engage and Train Your Restaurant Workers Effectively

Rallyware for Human Resources

There are over one million restaurants in the US. It is forecasted that by 2026, there will be approximately 16 million people working in the restaurant industry, suggesting tougher competition in the future. Only with a strong and dedicated team of professionals and enthusiasts, is it possible to achieve success both in the quality of your service and the ability to stand out among your competitors. in 2015 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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. Well, as a matter of law, a hostile work environment must arise from behavior that is based on a protected class (such as gender). The Beamon Court further relied upon a Fourth Circuit case, Greene v. Sexual Harassment

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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.

Training in a Virtual World: The New Normal

HRExecutive

His boss, head coach Dave Shaw, realized Belch’s potential and didn’t want him to miss out on greater opportunities off the football field. At the time, Belch was also a graduate student who was working on a thesis that VR could improve football-player training. The project was so successful—both for Belch academically and with the players at Stanford—that Shaw wanted to push him to grow the thesis into a business—which is exactly what happened.

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. Now that summer is finally upon us, it’s probably a good time to update and reacquaint your employees with the company’s summer dress code. Will changing the dress code for summer impact how your company operates?

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. While employees are eager with anticipation for a chance to let loose at the upcoming holiday party, it’s your HR and manager’s biggest nightmare. He crossed the line and even began harassing her via social media and text message.

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. Many employers see the idea of employees dating one another as potentially threatening productivity or even opening up too much liability for the employer. 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

Skilled, well-mannered, conscientious employees have choices about where they work, and for whom. 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. For instance, some companies forbid the rehiring of employees who were laid off. The answer: It depends. Weigh the positives and negatives.

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

Insperity

Skilled, well-mannered, conscientious employees have choices about where they work, and for whom. 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. For instance, some companies forbid the rehiring of employees who were laid off. The answer: It depends. Weigh the positives and negatives.

holding a work party at Hooters

Ask a Manager

The background: A couple of years ago my friend was doing a post-degree certificate in HR through a reputable (but mid-sized local) community college. Just before the end of the fall semester, her fellow students decided to have a Christmas party and invited all the students in the cohort as well as all the professors and some admin staff to attend. The party was held at Hooters. The heated discussion: I think this story is ludicrous (!)

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SHRM Exposition Special: New Onboarding and Performance Management Software

HR Daily Advisor

BambooHR, well known for its HR management software, has added two major components for performance appraisal and orientation, CEO Ben Peterson announced at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition, held recently in Law Vegas. BambooHR’s employee self-onboarding provides a way to get new hires’ personal data and completed forms in the most efficient way. How well equipped are you to handle complaints on a legal basis?

What Should You Know?

HR Studio Group

So many of the organizations I work with aren't quite sure they actually know what they should about human resources best practices and legal requirements. A common question I get is "what should be included in the employee personnel file?" " An equally important question should be "what should NOT be included in the employee personnel file?" From there we build on the basic necessities and work our way up to creating a Culture of Excellence.

5 more reasons why your workplace anti-harassment training is ineffective

The Employer Handbook

“There’s Little Evidence Sexual Harassment Trainings Work,” wrote Madison Pauly in this article at Mother Jones. Pauly notes that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received over 162,000 EEOC Charges of Discrimination between 2010 and 2015. Here’s my hot take on five more reasons why your workplace anti-harassment training is ineffective. First , you bought flood insurance after the flood.

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

Insperity

Skilled, well-mannered, conscientious employees have choices about where they work, and for whom. 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. For instance, some companies forbid the rehiring of employees who were laid off. The answer: It depends. This can drastically reduce training costs.

Is digital “shunning” illegal retaliation?

Ohio Employer's Law

Wired tells the story of an Australian tribunal, which ruled that an employee was illegally bullied at work, in part because a co-worker had unfriended her on Facebook. Transfer this case to America, and assume that the employee is claiming retaliation based on the unfriending. Supposed Employee-A complains to HR that Employee-B is sexually harassing her, and, as soon as Employee-B finds out about the complaint, he unfriends Employee-A on Facebook.

Five for ’15: The legal issues that need to be on your radar

Ohio Employer's Law

Personally, December is my favorite time of the year. I love the joy and togetherness of the holiday season. After we’ve decked the halls and sung the last bars of Auld Lang Syne , companies get back to work, including the work of managing their most important asset—their employees. Now that business is back in session, employers need to figure out the issues that will keep them up at night over the next 12 months. Wellness programs.

Employment Law Blog Carnival: The Wreck of the Old 97 Edition #ELBC#ELBC

Ohio Employer's Law

On September 27, 1903, the Old 97, a Southern Railway mail train running between Washington DC and Atlanta, Georgia, derailed near Danville, Virginia. The wreck inspired a famous ballad (most famously covered by Johnny Cash and Hank Williams III ), which, in turn, inspired the Old 97’s to name their band some 70 years later. I’m not shy with my love for the Old 97’s. And it’s not just the jangly vibe that kills on an album, or in a bar, or in a concert hall.

LGBT Workers Report Bullying at Work

HRWatchdog

Common examples of workplace bullying given in the survey include: Falsely accused of mistakes (61 percent). Bullying doesn’t necessarily lead to unlawful harassment or discrimination, but it can. What starts as isolated instances can turn into a hostile work environment on the basis of gender, gender identity/expression, transgender status or sexual orientation — all protected classes under California law.

EEOC Reconvenes Workplace Harassment Task Force

HRWatchdog

The task force will hear from a variety of panelists during the meeting. The #MeToo movement continues to focus on workplace sexual harassment, and, this week, a federal agency reconvened a task force on the same issue. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced they will reconvene their Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. The meeting is open for public observation.

Employment Law Blog Carnival: The “Wreck of the Old 97” Edition #ELBC

Ohio Employer's Law

On September 27, 1903, the Old 97, Southern Railway mail train running between Washington DC and Atlanta, Georgia, derailed near Danville, Virginia. The wreck inspired a famous ballad (most famously covered by Johnny Cash and Hank Williams III ), which, in turn, inspired the Old 97’s to name their band some 70 years later. I’m not shy with my love for the Old 97’s. And it’s not just the jangly vibe that kills on an album, or in a bar, or in a concert hall.

Co-working spaces: What every employer needs to know

Insperity

When co-working first came on the market, these workplaces were mainly marketed to independent contractors, freelancers and IT start-ups. The communal nature of co-working offices gave the self-employed some of the traditional benefits of working in a team environment, such as collaboration and professional interaction. Co-working office spaces will likely continue to grow in popularity as more and more businesses discover the conveniences they offer.

Recruiting Sales Leaders and 9 More of the Biggest Challenges Startups are Facing

Linkedin Talent Blog

At least, that’s according to 94% of the nearly 900 venture-backed startup founders surveyed by First Round Review for their annual State of Startups report. With the goal of providing insight into the startup landscape, the report reveals what entrepreneurs are thinking and doing—how they think the industry will change and the biggest challenges they are facing. Here are the 10 most important insights you should know. the takeaway.

Diversity in the Workplace – Do You Have What Women Want?

Blu Ivy Group

sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. before women are accorded the equity and respect that they deserve, and that is. The research also supports our. in place (International Labor Org), policies are not enough to shift the brand and culture. Until we get these numbers more balanced, the programs, policies and succession. While the data strongly demonstrates a clear link between a company’s gender balance. Institute in 2015.

5 Ways to Invest in an Employee-Friendly Workplace

Get Hppy

Happier employees make for a happier world, and isn’t that the kind of world we all want to live in? For the most part, what employees need from their employers are the same things they need outside the office – healthy food, exercise, and quality family time to balance the stress of their professional obligations. Here are five ways to invest in the health and well-being of your employees. (Guest article by Zyana Morris).

Most Important Developments for 2/14

GetFive

The number of reported cases of coronavirus continues to rise and the world is on high alert. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. The U.S. What about employees traveling from China to the U.S.?

Leaving 2017…Embracing 2018

Astron Solutions

We are here again, the end of another year! As in previous issues of Astronology® , we would like to take our last issue of 2017 to look at HR trends and topics that could possibly be impactful for the coming new year. With the recent increasing reports of sexual harassment in a variety of workplace sectors, 2017’s fourth quarter has been filled with talks about workplace culture and Human Resources policy. Talent Management and the Multigenerational Workforce.

Campus Prevention Network Legal Brief

EverFi - HR

This Brief is approved for external distribution, but the information is not intended as legal advice. A bipartisan bill introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature last month would “ban-the-box” on public colleges and university applications that ask applicants about their criminal record.

Compliance Checklist: Federal Employment Laws You Need To Know At Every Stage Of Your Company’s Growth

Zenefits

Employers may only hire those who can legally work in the United States and must maintain up-to-date I-9 forms for all employees. Employers must withhold and pay the federal government a set percentage of employee wages for the federal government. Employers must withhold and pay the federal government a set percentage of employee wages for Social Security and Medicare. Employers must pay male and female employees the same wage for the same job.

Review of the Trump Administration’s First Year: Aggressive Agency Action

HR Daily Advisor

The past year has included many expected moves by the Trump administration, such as the reversal of some of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial decisions under the Obama administration, as well as several unexpected developments among several agencies. In this article, we’ll take a look at the various actions by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP).