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New employment laws to watch in 2020

Insperity

Every new year brings new employment laws, and 2020 is no different. There are some big changes employers need to know about at the federal, state and local levels. Change at the federal level: White-collar exemption rules. Pay equity laws.

Employment laws to watch in 2019

Insperity

Employment law is ever-evolving, and 2019 is shaping up to usher in its fair share of changes. Employment laws tend to come in waves, with particular themes for each era. A patchwork of state and federal laws was eventually replaced when Congress set minimum age requirements with the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938. At the turn of the last century, workers had few legal protections from wage theft or unsafe working conditions. Diversity.

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Thoughts on Discrimination

HR Examiner

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here is the Diversity series we did this in year’s past. The key to diversity is to put down your fear and assumptions long enough to get curious. ” Diversity: Voices of Discrimination “Atticus, he was real nice.

Workplace lactation discrimination laws are expanding: Stay compliant

HR Morning

A recent lactation discrimination case in Delaware resulted in a $1 million jury award to a mother who sued when harassment from co-workers and supervisors caused her to stop pumping breast milk and subsequently lose her supply. . Research shows continued discrimination in the workplace.

Tis the Season for Employment Law Compliance

Tandem HR

With all of the upcoming holidays, employers may be wondering if they are legally obligated to offer employees paid time off for any of them. Workplace diversity is a hot topic. Is there an employment law compliance or any obligations regarding cultural holidays and religious beliefs?

Supreme Court cases focus on Title VII sex discrimination expansion

Business Management Daily

On October 8 it will hear three cases that test the limits of Title VII’s sex discrimination clause. The justices will consider whether sexual orientation and transgender discrimination are illegal sex discrimination under Title VII. What is sex discrimination?

Disability discrimination: what does case law tell us?

cipHR

Arwen Makin, senior solicitor at ESP Law, reviews case law related to ‘long term’ disabilities, the impact of disability on conduct and long-term disability benefits. Employers are, quite rightly, wary of dealing with such misconduct.

AI is not a Quick-Fix Solution for Discrimination

HRExecutive

However, the emergence of AI has sparked a fascinating and important debate: Do machines making decisions that were once made by humans reduce or even eliminate discrimination—or can they actually increase bias?

AI Hiring: Bias in the Code

HR Examiner

“While it is true that a machine can do a better job at relentlessly sticking to a narrow script, it cannot see or understand things that are not in the data. Said another way, data models are great at producing predictable results. The law requires this.

Uncoded Bias in AI Hiring

HR Examiner

Harvard Business Review (HBR) published a piece by a doctoral student at Wharton. The author claimed that machines were much better at detecting and addressing bias. Said another way, data models are great at producing predictable results. The law requires this.

Diversity, Inclusion and The Workplace

HR Counselor's Corner

Workplace diversity is understanding, accepting, and valuing differences in people. Differences in education, as well as personalities, skill sets, experiences, is also included in the definition of diversity. So, what does it mean to have Diversity and Inclusion in your workplace?

5 Excellent Tips For Managing Workplace Diversity

Career Metis

Workplace diversity and inclusion is a fundamental topic in business circles. First and foremost, it’s necessary to understand what workplace diversity is. Employees in a company may be diverse, but not included in office processes. Begin by recruiting to promote diversity.

Recruiting Within the Boundaries of Equal Opportunity Employment Law

Hospital Recruiting

However, there is a very thin line between having a mental image of who is a perfect fit for the job and outright discrimination. The federal rules to prevent hiring discrimination are known as the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws in which the U.S.

Religious Discrimination Hazards on the Rise

HR Daily Advisor

Religious discrimination hasn’t been a major concern for employers in recent years. There’s little case law on the subject and religious-based complaints rank low in the government’s charge statistics. Two main factors are at play, Jonathan A.

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance On National Origin Discrimination

HR Daily Advisor

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) recently released enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination covers issues related to employment decisions, harassment, and language issues. Employment Decisions.

AI can deliver recruiting rewards, but at what legal risk?

HRExecutive

But at what price? And if they do, could they potentially expose HR and employers to the same types of discrimination issues that can impact hiring driven by people, not algorithms? But legal experts say employers choosing HR to make hiring decisions should tread carefully.

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.

Tampering with Certainty

HR Examiner

If it’s not the only way, at least ours is best. I am constantly in trouble for throwing things away in the wrong container at Whole Foods by the self-appointed Green Police.) Then there is discrimination against others because of who they are or what they look like.

Making Social Media Work for You—Not Against You—in Recruiting for Diversity

HR Daily Advisor

Achieving a diverse workforce and learning how to use social media to recruit talent are two common goals for employers. Gone are the days when employers would specify an age, gender, or other characteristic in a newspaper help-wanted ad.

Bill Takes Aim at Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Complaints

HR Daily Advisor

Arbitration, long a favored method of handling workplace disputes, would be removed as an option in sexual harassment and gender discrimination cases if a new bill introduced in Congress becomes law. Laws already are in place, and employment policies against harassment are common.

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When Is a Discrimination Complaint against a Manager an Act of Harassment?

HR Daily Advisor

What if a manager accused of unlawful discrimination based on employees’ religion asserts that the complaint itself is an act of harassment? See how one employer successfully avoided that minefield. My Manager Discriminates Based on Religion.

Religion v. Law

HR Examiner

Whether law or religion wins depends on the issue, the time, and the court. But religion and law have important distinctions. Marriage is still one at a time, human, and no close relatives though.). It depends on who is acting and what other laws are involved.

Hair discrimination; not a thing

Ohio Employer's Law

Friday’s tongue in check post about the beauty of baldness got me thinking about hair and employment law. Or, more to the point, can an employer run afoul of discrimination laws by making an employment decision based on one’s hairstyle?

Alleged Pay Discrimination at Google Makes Marc Benioff and Salesforce Look Amazing.

The HR Capitalist

Here's a rundown from the post : "In a panel at a conference organized by Fortune last week, Marc Benioff, the CEO of the cloud-based software company Salesforce, said that he recently ordered a review of all 17,000employees’ salaries to see if female employees’ pay was in line with those of male employees doing similar jobs. We looked at every single salary.”. Not only did they change the narrative related to diversity (important, but so it equality, people!),

Firing staffer for ‘gender stereotypes’ memo sets off Google’s free speech nightmare

HR Morning

When Google fired a software engineer over a memo he wrote criticizing the company’s diversity efforts, little did it know it would set off a chain of events that put it smack dab in the middle of a national media frenzy — and an HR nightmare.

Immigration, Travel Ban Debates Put Focus on National Origin Discrimination

HR Daily Advisor

As reports of tense situations related to national origin flood the news—everything from slurs directed toward people from countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban to insults aimed at Hispanic people trying to enter the U.S.—employers What Employers Should Do.

Brett Kavanaugh: How Will LGBTQ-Based Antidiscrimination Policies Fare?

HR Daily Advisor

I recently sat down with Mark Phillis, an attorney at Littler Mendelson, to discuss some of the fears that the LGBTQ community has about the future of workplace discrimination laws. The Discrimination Concern. Employment Law LGBTQ Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Fine, Be a Bigot

PerformanceICreate

I think of my mother and her pleadings nearly every time I teach a class on discrimination and harassment prevention. I have been teaching discrimination and harassment prevention classes since 1995.

#HotInHR: Tech Hiring Tons of Talent, Suit Aims To Keep LinkedIn Data Public, Workers Win Only 1% of Civil Rights Lawsuits

HRmarketer

Workers Win Only 1% Of Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits At Trial – FC. A new analysis of employee lawsuits finds a low success rate for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, and highlights the U.S.’s s most-sued employers. Tags: Women, Diversity.

Even the best-intentioned employers can get snagged by anti-bias laws

HR Morning

Even organizations involved in the most noble pursuits sometimes run afoul of discrimination laws. . EEOC claimed that about two months after Massey started working as a bookkeeper at NFB’s Baltimore office, management told Massey he would have to work certain Saturdays.

Getting Social Media Recruiting on the Right Track for Diversity

HR Daily Advisor

Previously, we’ve addressed how it’s great for finding and attracting strong candidates, but it’s also possible to use social media to exclude candidates that might lead an employer to a more diverse workforce. I can turn any one of these into a diversity search,” Tortorici says.

New Guidance Shifts Federal Policy on Religious Liberty in Employment

HR Daily Advisor

New guidance from Attorney General Jeff Sessions on religious liberty in employment “signals a shift in federal employment law and policy,” according to an attorney who focuses on employment law. Employment Law discrimination DOJ EEOC Hobby Lobby

Don’t Let an Offhanded Comment Bring About a Lawsuit

HR Daily Advisor

The problem with approaching the performance review process with dread is that many employers succumb to common pitfalls that render evaluations more harmful than helpful. In the meantime, let’s look at a case recently decided in Arizona federal court.

Will the Solar Eclipse Disrupt Your Workplace?

HR Daily Advisor

On Monday August 21, 2017, in the middle of the workday, millions of people will abandon their jobs to gaze up at the skies and experience what might well be a once-in-a-lifetime event: a total eclipse of the sun. Lerner can be reached at (612) 313-7601 or slerner@littler.com.

Dads are parents, too — baby bonding and sex discrimination

Ohio Employer's Law

That is the question at the center of a lawsuit the EEOC recently filed against cosmetics giant Estée Lauder. Lawrence, “Addressing sex-based pay discrimination, including in benefits such as paid leave, is a priority issue for the Commission.”. EEOC sex discrimination