Facebook invites HR pros to steal its sexual harassment policy

HR Morning

In the wake of surging workplace sexual harassment allegations across all industries, Facebook is taking a drastic step. While the company admits its policy isn’t perfect, it is thorough and effective. Policy, training, investigation process & more.

Sexual harassment in the Harvey Weinstein era: 3 ways to go beyond standard training

HR Morning

From the Harvey Weinstein and Bill O’Reilly scandals to the #MeToo movement on social media, sexual harassment is on everybody’s minds. The scandals have shed light on just how persistent workplace harassment still is in spite of the fact that 90% of U.S.

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Setting the Tone: Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

HRWatchdog

Don’t wait – train employees on the type of disrespectful conduct that could lead to a hostile work environment. Sexual harassment is not a problem of the past, as recent news reports highlight. What tone is being set at the office?

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.

It’s the most important employment law decision of 2018

The Employer Handbook

Susquehanna County (opinion here ) is a sexual harassment case. But the biggest takeaway is that any subsequent employer-defendant asserting a Faragher/Ellerth defense in the Third Circuit will find it very difficult to obtain summary judgment on any hostile work environment claim.

Sexual Harassment: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

HRWatchdog

The #MeToo movement took off in October 2017 to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual harassment, especially in the workplace. Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the workplace is not a recent phenomenon.

It’s the most important employment law decision of 2018

The Employer Handbook

Susquehanna County (opinion here ) is a sexual harassment case. But the biggest takeaway is that any subsequent employer-defendant asserting a Faragher/Ellerth defense in the Third Circuit will find it very difficult to obtain summary judgment on any hostile work environment claim.

New California Employment Laws Affect Businesses in 2018 and Beyond

HRWatchdog

Several new laws will affect California employers’ daily operations and policies in 2018 and beyond. Some new laws made significant changes while others made small changes to existing law. A new law that expands mandatory sexual harassment prevention training.

EEOC Sees Uptick in Sexual Harassment Charges, Lawsuits Filed in 2018

HR Daily Advisor

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) new report on sexual harassment data for fiscal year (FY) 2018 shows a more than 50 percent increase in sexual harassment lawsuits filed by the agency and a more than 12 percent increase in the number of charges it received over FY 2017.

Harassment Training Deadline Extended, Clarified

HRWatchdog

The Governor signed “clean up” legislation to help clarify training deadlines for employers. As you may remember, on January 1, 2019, a new California law went into effect that made substantial changes to mandatory sexual harassment prevention training.

Sexual Harassment: No Surprises in Harvey Weinstein Affair

HR Daily Advisor

The public is currently fixated on our business, sexual harassment in employment. Taking center stage is Harvey Weinstein, whose case is straightforward quid pro quo sexual harassment—a powerful employer expecting sex from women he promises to promote.

Sexual Harassment: Was Employee Subjected to Unwelcome Workplace Harassment?

HR Daily Advisor

A recent case from the Tennessee Court of Appeals acts as a reminder of the importance of implementing and enforcing policies aimed at preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. Shortly after the bathroom-stripping incident, the employee sued Wendy’s.

Supervisory Status Key in Assessing Liability in Sexual Harassment Cases

HR Daily Advisor

The U.S. Tom reported to the area manager, but he worked under Jerry’s instruction. Jerry trained Tom and assigned him tasks. Tom alleged that Jerry engaged in inappropriate acts and sexual conversations, including often asking about his sex life. 3, 2017).

CalChamber-Opposed Employment Law Bills Await Action by Governor

HRWatchdog

October 15 is the last day for the Governor to act. Quite a few employment-related bills have passed the Legislature. Five bills that could significantly affect California employers are on the Governor’s desk awaiting review and action.

Learn How Autozone Avoided Liability in a Recent Sexual Harassment Case

HR Daily Advisor

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit—which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—has held that liability cannot be imputed to an employer for a manager’s alleged sexual harassment when the manager lacked decision-making authority over the employee.

Special from AEIS: Sexual Harassment vs. Sexual Assault vs. Sexual Battery

HR Daily Advisor

It seems that you can’t open a paper or watch a newscast without encountering another sexual harassment bombshell. Despite the broad coverage, however, there’s still confusion about the difference between sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual battery.

Sign Up Now: Employment Law Year in Review 2017

Evil HR Lady

This has been a crazy year as far as employment law is concerned. Sexual harassment, medical marijuana, the mark of the beast, you name it, it’s happened this year. click here: Employment Law Year in Review 2017.

Sexual Harassment Prevention: The Easiest Thing to Teach and the Hardest Thing to Accomplish

HR Daily Advisor

After 5 years of paying off Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment accusers—giving $13 million to five of them—Fox gave O’Reilly the ax more abruptly and shockingly than King Joffrey did to Ned Stark in Game of Thrones.

How the Latest Employment Law Changes Affect Your Company

Synergy

Each day, news outlets reveal yet another story about a new law that affects hiring, employee management, or HR in general. Whether it’s merely a debate, a formal proposal, or the passage of actual legislation, it can be hard to keep track of it all. Spotlight on Harassment Grows.

The day hugging died: Ruling says it’s time for a new office policy

HR Morning

And now it has arrived: the day when hugging in the workplace dies. . With a new ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, it appears we’ve reached the point in our history when employers must ban hugging from any and all work-related functions.

DFEH Updates Required Harassment Prevention Pamphlet; Issues Guidance

HRWatchdog

Make sure you hand out sexual harassment prevention pamphlets that comply with the law. Although the DFEH refers to the printable information sheet as a “poster,” it is really just an information sheet. Learn more about what HRCalifornia can do for you.

New Mandatory Poster on Transgender Rights for California Workplaces

HRWatchdog

The new transgender rights poster must be displayed starting January 1, 2018. California recently passed a new law ( SB 396 ) that requires all California employers to post a “Transgender Rights in the Workplace” poster starting January 1, 2018.

Why your sexual harassment policy needs a contingency plan

Business Management Daily

But in the days after the termination , details emerged showing that the fast food company had prepared in advance to handle relationships between C-suite executives and subordinates. In June 2017, Jennifer reported to Formosa Plastics that John was sexually harassing her.

EEOC Claims Spike One Year After #MeToo Movement Takes Off

HRWatchdog

With the influence of the #MeToo movement, the EEOC saw a 12 percent increase in the number of sexual harassment charges filed this year. Preliminary data from the U.S. million in FY 2017. Bianca Saad, Employment Law Subject Matter Expert.

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The Employer Handbook

Another one bites the dust. Just minutes before the Today Show went live yesterday on NBC, network chairman Andy Lack released a statement saying that a colleague had come forward reporting “inappropriate sexual behavior” from host Matt Lauer.

Lessons Learned from Uber’s HR Nightmare

Stratus

A recent blog post from a former Uber engineer is an HR nightmare, with allegations of harassment, sexism, discrimination and power struggles in what she details as “a strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying story.” Fowler was offered to either switch teams or face a likely “poor performance review” from this manager, for which the HR rep insisted would not be considered retaliation if she chose to stay.

Lesson Learned from Bill O’Reilly’s Ouster: You Can’t Sweep Harassment Under the Rug

HR Daily Advisor

When Fox News paid some of the $13 million needed to settle sexual harassment claims made against O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly, it seemingly failed to fully address the problem. Employment law attorneys say that’s a recipe for disaster.

But, Eric, shouldn’t we update our anti-harassment policies in 2018 also?

The Employer Handbook

How about with the great Jonathan Segal who saves me a lot of work with his post for the SHRM Blog entitled “5 Effective Ways to Upgrade Your Anti-Harassment Policy.” ” Let’s see if I can summarize my buddy’s wisdom without liberally plagiarizing quoting his blog post: There’s more to the anti-harassment policy than just sexual harassment. But, do focus on sexual harassment.

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

Zenefits

Here’s a quick checklist of some major federal laws you’ll need to tackle at different employee thresholds in your growth. Employers must properly classify and pay employees a corresponding minimum wage, while following overtime and child labor standards. 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. Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) , via DoL.

Employee Handbooks: Your Ultimate Guide

Ultimate Software

Guest post by Kate Bischoff, Employment Lawyer & HR Consultant. Shoved deep in some desks of supervisors and employees, the employee handbook resides. For some, the handbook has lived in this dark corner of the workplace for years without a thought or care.

Why Workplace Harassment Persists—And What Employers Can Do About It

HR Daily Advisor

Complaints of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct have dominated the news recently with allegations ranging from sexual threats, to groping, to sexual assault. But less offensive acts, if repeated frequently, can add up to sexual harassment.

New California Laws and HR Trends for 2017 and Beyond

HR Daily Advisor

Each year, California employers are faced with the task of keeping up with a whole new round of labor laws and regulations, most of them courtesy of the state legislature. Employers Have a New Notice to Distribute. The nature of the job held or sought.

Regulatory & Legal Alerts – Nov. 2017

Peopletrail

Peopletrail actively tracks the regulatory and legal environment that surrounds employment and criminal background screening. This helps you remain compliant with the FCRA, EEOC, and other regulatory standards or agencies. The following includes recaps of the most significant updates impacting the screening industry in recent weeks. New Jersey Governor signed the “Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act,” which takes effect Oct.

The state of HR: What should be keeping you up at night?

HR Morning

While HR pros are a little less worried about the ACA and DOL enforcement than in previous years, thanks to the effects of the #MeToo movement and an uptick in sexual harassment lawsuits, a number of other workplace issues have them concerned.

EEOC sees retaliation workload rise: How to stay off its radar

HR Morning

The increase in sexual harassment charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have made headlines this fall, but that’s not the only eye-opening statistic coming out of the agency.