Employment law changes to watch in 2021

Insperity

The new calendar year always rings in some employment law changes, and 2021 is no different. Here are some of the major changes we’re following. All these employment law changes are effective Jan. Federal employment law changes in 2021.

Employment Law 2020: Are You Prepared and Protected?

Ultimate Software

It’s a brand-new decade, and employment law changes are occurring at a breakneck speed right alongside technological innovation. Trends and best practices in employment law have evolved dramatically in recent years, and it can be hard for HR practitioners to keep up. But it’s important to pay attention: these potential changes affect every aspect of the employee lifecycle, from recruitment to retirement.

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Are Your Employment Law Policies in Compliance?

HR Counselor's Corner

Employment and labor laws are constantly changing and evolving. Completing an HR Assessment can ensure legal compliance with federal and state employment laws, regulations and HR best practices. Performing the assessment will not only help you measure risk and legal compliance, but also identify areas in need of process improvements – all of which could threaten the continued success of your business. .

The New HR Rules: Employment law updates for 2020

Business Management Daily

A comprehensive legal and HR compliance update is absolutely essential for keeping up with ever-changing laws and regulations. Here’s what you need to know about employment law changes to stay ahead of the curve. The push for so-called work-life balance isn’t going away. The economy continues to grow and the labor market remains tight. Having family-friendly policies can help let an employer stand out as a desirable place to work. The U.S.

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.

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. I planned to write about the Third Circuit’s July 3 decision sooner. However, so many of you were off from work last week. First, the facts.

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. I planned to write about the Third Circuit’s July 3 decision sooner. However, so many of you were off from work last week. First, the facts.

The best employment law podcast is back! Tune in to the Hostile Work Environment podcast.

The Employer Handbook

I’m talking about the Hostile Work Environment Podcast (available on iTunes and Spotify and now on YouTube too). The Hostile Work Environment Podcast is the brainchild of Marc Alifanz. It debuted a few years ago and had a successful run of 54 episodes with five-star ratings out the wazoo. But then life got in the way. So, Mark and his co-host Dennis decided to retire the podcast while they focused on their 9-5’s. Image Credit: Photofunia.com.

Trends in State Employment Law

Affinity HR Group

Many state and local legislatures are taking action in several areas of employment law due to the confusion, sluggishness, and/or inaction on the federal level. Some laws passed are part of long-evolving trends such as restricting inquiries into criminal and pay history, while others are responses to new social movements such as #MeToo. The following is a list of the prevailing laws that are popular. May need to notify law enforcement.

Trends in State Employment Law

Affinity HR Group

Many state and local legislatures are taking action in several areas of employment law due to the confusion, sluggishness, and/or inaction on the federal level. Some laws passed are part of long-evolving trends such as restricting inquiries into criminal and pay history, while others are responses to new social movements such as #MeToo. The following is a list of the prevailing laws that are popular. May need to notify law enforcement.

From Marijuana To #MeToo—Top Employment Law Updates For 2019

PlanSource

This article is a recap of a recent webinar featuring Kate Bischoff from tHRive Law & Consulting. Employment law changes tend to come in waves, driven by public perceptions of what’s fair for workers. We’re only a quarter through 2019 and employment law is already changing at a rapid pace, with an increasingly widespread commitment to greater pay equity, access to paid leave, and protection from harassment and discrimination.

My conversation with the lawyer who, IMHO, just earned the biggest employment law win of 2018.

The Employer Handbook

By Chris Potter (Flickr: 3D Judges Gavel) [ CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons Yesterday, I blogged here about the most important employment law decision of 2018. The Third Circuit’s opinion is not only remarkable for the holes it poked in an employer’s potential Faragher/Ellerth defense , but also for addressing the #MeToo movement and the chilling effect that misbehaving men in power can have on a victim complaining about harassment.

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. Let’s take a look at the latest employment law changes and how they might affect your company. New Tax Laws Alter Benefit Offerings. Spotlight on Harassment Grows.

Oregon Employment Laws Business Owners Should Know

Homebase

It’s important to stay up to date on all of the employment laws in your state so that you can maintain compliance in your business. We did some of the hard work for you and put some of the most important Oregon statutes in one place so you can either learn them for the first time or give yourself a refresher. . It’s up to you to make sure you’re compliant with all laws and statutes in your area. To deal with the death of a family member.

Which States Require Sexual Harassment Training?

EverFi - HR

Do you need to know how sexual harassment prevention legislation will affect your business? A new legislative landscape and a desire to stay out of a potential harassment spotlight are forcing employers to rethink their sexual harassment prevention strategy. The goal?

My conversation with the lawyer who, IMHO, just earned the biggest employment law win of 2018.

The Employer Handbook

By Chris Potter (Flickr: 3D Judges Gavel) [ CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons Yesterday, I blogged here about the most important employment law decision of 2018. The Third Circuit’s opinion is not only remarkable for the holes it poked in an employer’s potential Faragher/Ellerth defense , but also for addressing the #MeToo movement and the chilling effect that misbehaving men in power can have on a victim complaining about harassment.

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. Two of the bills are particularly damaging to businesses, and CalChamber has identified them as Job Killers. Work at a worksite where there is at least 20 employees within a 75 mile radius.

Hot Topics in Employment Law

Paycor

Wage & hour violations, family leave, discrimination, harassment – these topics continue to generate conversation throughout workplaces across the country. No matter the size of your business, at some point you will encounter one of these regulations. For that reason, it’s important for supervisors and managers to understand the basics of employment laws and regulations to maintain proper compliance. At-Will Employment.

Retaliation—The Marcia Brady Of Employment Law

HR Daily Advisor

If middle child Jan Brady from the TV show the Brady Bunch were an HR manager, she’d scream “Retaliation, Retaliation, Retaliation!” neither can employers seem to escape claims of retaliation by their employees. Everywhere employers turn, there’s another retaliation claim being made against them under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), or another state or federal statute.

Deadline Nears for Sexual Harassment Training in New York

HR Daily Advisor

All employers in New York state are required to have training and policies addressing sexual harassment, including complaint forms, in place by October 9. The new requirements in the state’s Labor Law come on the heels of New York City’s new sexual harassment laws that went into effect on May 9. The state has released guidance in the form of minimum policy requirements and a draft policy and complaint form.

New California Required Harassment Prevention Training FAQs White Paper

HRWatchdog

Our latest white paper answers all your questions about the new harassment prevention training requirements. You’ve all heard the news that California employers with five or more employees located anywhere must now provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees — not just supervisors, as was the previous law. CalChamber’s new white paper, Required Harassment Prevention Training FAQs , answers all of those questions.

Tis the Season for Employment Law Compliance

Tandem HR

What business owners need to know as the holiday season approaches. 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. Is there an employment law compliance or any obligations regarding cultural holidays and religious beliefs? Employers do, however, have several obligations worth mentioning under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Handling sexual harassment when the offender’s the big boss

HR Morning

How should you respond if an employee accuses one of your company’s leaders of sexual harassment? Progressive Women’s Leadership shares important insights in its e-guide, “ Women Leaders Share What’s Working: New Ways to Prevent Sexual Harassment.”. your boss) is accused of harassment, it can put you and your company in a very difficult spot. Here are some best practices to implement now, as recommended by employment law attorneys and experts on harassment prevention: 1.

New Jersey Employment Laws Business Owners Should Know

Homebase

It’s important to stay up to date on all of the employment laws in your state so that you can maintain compliance in your business. We did some of the hard work for you and put some of the most important New Jersey statutes in one place so you can either learn them for the first time or give yourself a refresher. . It’s up to you to make sure you’re compliant with all laws and statutes in your area. New Jersey Employer Handbook .

Holiday Parties and Harassment

HR Counselor's Corner

It’s that time of the year again when companies are throwing holiday parties to thank their employees and celebrate the season! But with holiday parties come the potential for a few legal pitfalls for employers. If you are planning a holiday party, you may want to consider a few tips to reduce your liability for unwanted issues while keeping the event fun and festive during this joyous holiday season. Ditch the open bar!

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. employers have sexual harassment training in place. In fact, the EEOC says the number of workplace harassment complaints has either stayed the same or risen since 2010.

Eight ways that President Biden changed employment law on Day 1. That was fast!!!

The Employer Handbook

And, folks, he wasted no time making moves that will impact labor and employment law. Ian Kullgren and Josh Eidelson at Bloomberg Law report ( here ) that President Biden told National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb that he had until 5 pm yesterday to resign.

EEOC outlines 4 new approaches to fight workplace harassment

HR Morning

Workplace harassment is virtually an epidemic these days — the EEOC says a third of the nearly 100,000 charges it receives annually now include a harassment allegation. But the agency’s taking steps to help both workers and managers handle the problem. Part of the problem is employees have become more sensitive to harassing behavior. What the agency wants now. So both groups think the responsibility falls on the employer.

Fast Food Giant Under Fire for Harassment

HRWatchdog

The claims alleged misconduct at locations in 20 U.S. Twenty-five sexual harassment claims were filed against McDonald’s Corp. this week — 20 were complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and five were civil lawsuits. Employees —some of whom were teenagers when the alleged harassment occurred — who worked at corporate and franchise stores in 20 cities filed the recent complaints.

Think a harassment claim is false? Investigate anyways.

Business Management Daily

An employee who suspects she is about to be disciplined for poor performance may cook up a bogus harassment complaint in a last-ditch attempt to avoid trouble. But sometimes an employee’s performance may suffer because she is being harassed. In cases like that, the employee may be reluctant to complain, and may not say anything until right before or during a dismissal meeting. Don’t assume every last-minute harassment complaint is a lie.

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.

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. The social networking giant and winner of the prestigious, employee-rated Glassdoor “Best Place to Work” title, just announced it will make its own internal sexual harassment policy public for other companies — especially those in the Silicon Valley — to use as a model for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace and beyond.

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. The company didn’t thoroughly investigate or take appropriate remedial action until there was public pressure to do so, according to news reports. Employment law attorneys say that’s a recipe for disaster. and an editor of Massachusetts Employment Law Letter.

EEOC Task Force Recommends Training, Policies to Prevent Workplace Harassment

HR Daily Advisor

With workplace harassment claims on the rise, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently recommended practical steps and policies to help employers reduce the number of charges filed. Harassment claims constitute approximately one-third of all charges filed with the EEOC in recent years and can take a devastating toll on employers. The EEOC recently convened a task force to investigate harassment in the workplace.

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. Updates to the so-called “white-collar exemption” to federal overtime rules have been in the works for a long time. Lawsuits and an administration change paused implementation of the new wage rules.

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. Although most employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, that doesn’t stop the problem from occurring. What tone is being set at the office?

EEOC begins to crank up new initiative to prevent workplace harassment

HR Morning

The EEOC is pushing employers to take another hard look at harassment in the workplace. . Two agency commissioners — Chai Feldblum and Victoria Lipnic — asked for a “reboot” workplace harassment prevention efforts in a recent session in which they released the final report that had been developed by a special task force set up to explore the issue. More than 30 years after the U.S. Training changes needed.

Webinar: How to Meet 2021 Anti-Harassment Training & Policy Requirements - 1/28 @11AM ET

Paycor

Have you trained your employees on anti-harassment requirements? Join our webinar for the latest updates on new and pending anti-harassment legislation and learn best practices for meeting (and exceeding) the mandates within your organization.

Equal Pay: #Metoo Is Not Just About Sexual Harassment

HR Daily Advisor

The #MeToo movement has focused on sexual harassment in the workplace, but employers should be cognizant of another major gender issue that has been the focus of regulatory agencies in recent years—equal pay. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 both prohibit discriminatory pay and pay disparities based on sex. Ultimately, whether sex motivated the pay disparity was a matter for a jury to decide.

Appellate Court Upholds $500,000 Jury Verdict for Disability Harassment

HR Daily Advisor

A jury awarded an employee with a speech impediment $500,000 because he was harassed by a supervisor who mimicked his stutter. The central issue on appeal was whether the supervisor’s conduct was sufficiently severe or pervasive to constitute disability harassment. Augustine Caldera worked as a correctional officer at a state prison since 1994. In 2006, Caldera began working within the administrative segregation unit of the prison.