Final Guidance Documents for New York’s Sexual Harassment Training

HR Daily Advisor

On October 1, 2018, New York state updated the sexual harassment prevention guidance and model documents it has made available online. The state had issued draft documents in August and had requested public comments. Here are some of the key differences in the final documents: Source: Cn0ra / iStock / Getty. References to “zero tolerance” have been removed from the model policy and training.

Mitigating Harassment

HRO Today

Over the past three years, Google, Ford Motor Company, 21st Century Fox, Bank of America, and the New York Knicks are among an exhausted list of companies that have experienced employment practice liability (EPL) lawsuits due to sexual harassment claims. Companies of all sizes can experience harassment or employment practice-related claims. Could the increase in claims be driven by the #MeToo movement? million from the 2017 fiscal year.

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The ABCs of documenting employee performance

Business Management Daily

Documenting the performance of a toxic or underachieving employee should never be a haphazard effort. Such records also serve as evidence should questions arise down the line about unfair termination or improper treatment by the employer.

EEOC releases sexual harassment stats one year after #MeToo

HR Morning

It’s been a year since countless stories of workplace sexual harassment started making headlines, and new data suggests the number of harassment complaints and lawsuits won’t be declining any time soon. . To mark the anniversary of #MeToo, the EEOC released its preliminary findings to examine the effect of the movement. Overall, the EEOC’s data shows a massive increase in sexual harassment claims, as well as pro-employee rulings.

How to Manage and Document Difficult Employee Behavior

LaborSoft

Problem Employees Are Your Problem Too: How to Manage and Document Difficult Employee Behavior. If you own a business or are a HR manager, you can relate to the notion that managing difficult employee behavior or poor performance is not easy. The first step is to consider if the behavior constitutes a small infraction or if it is more of a chronic or repeated pattern of bad behavior or unsatisfactory employee performance.

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. But there are a lot of mistakes that can make your documentation less effective, says Fentin, who is a partner at Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., Here are Fentin’s top 10 documentation mistakes: 1. Learn More. Remember the audiences!

The Risks of Sketchy Employee Investigation Documentation

LaborSoft

“Undocumented: At the Risk of Not Reporting Every Detail of an Employee Investigation…”. However, the reality is that a workplace can be a microcosm of the world outside. Therefore, when an employee jeopardizes workplace safety—whether it be through harassment , illicit substance use, or compromising proprietary information—an employee investigation should ensue that is organized and swift. A summary of the incident(s) and those involved.

Workplace Harassment- Its Types and Ways to Report

Vantage Circle

The “MeToo” movement has indeed given courage to many people to speak openly about offensive conduct at the workplace. Yet, many are still skeptical about opening their mouths and reporting harassing behaviors of colleagues or managers. What is Workplace Harassment?

Maine Imposes New Harassment Training Requirements, Increases Violation Penalties

HR Daily Advisor

With the #MeToo movement seemingly everywhere in the news, it’s important for all employers to review their sexual harassment training practices. Maine recently amended its sexual harassment training law to impose additional requirements on employers in the state. Training Checklist. The law now requires that employers use a checklist prepared by the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) to develop their sexual harassment training programs.

5 Ways Using Adobe Document Cloud Makes Your HR Function Look Best in Breed

The HR Capitalist

HR usually trails other functional areas in evolving with the times. Probably not – if you’re doing things like reading blogs, looking for industry news via social and seeking best practices, odds are you’re in the top quartile of our profession related to looking progressive and staying current. But that doesn’t mean others don’t judge you by the stereotypes. Appearances matter, and outsiders routinely assume that you are part of sleepy portion of the HR nation.

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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.

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EEOC Seeks Input on Guidance Addressing Unlawful Harassment

HRWatchdog

Yesterday, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stated that it is seeking public input on a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment under federal anti-discrimination laws. The 75-page proposal sets forth the EEOC’s interpretations of federal anti-harassment laws that the agency is charged with enforcing. Was the conduct sufficiently severe or pervasive to create a hostile work environment?

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.

3 Things HR Needs to Know for Sexual Harassment Training

AbelHR

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, a number of states – including New Jersey, New York , and California – have ushered in laws that seek to not only mandate sexual harassment training, but have also put rules in place for what the training must include, who is to be trained and how long the training must be. Although the laws mean well, they are another layer of compliance human resources need to worry about.

Steps for Reducing Workplace Harassment in 2018

Synergy

With media coverage of workplace harassment at an all-time high, there’s no question that the topic has become the focus of millions of people worldwide. Celebrities and high-profile executives facing a shocking number of accusations might be taking the spotlight, but this is by no means a topic limited to household names. In fact, 64% of Americans believe that workplace sexual harassment is a serious problem, up nearly 20% in the last seven years.

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.

Documenting Employee Performance—Avoid These 10 Mistakes

HR Daily Advisor

Today, we present Fentin’s top 10 mistakes employers make when documenting employee performance. Fentin, a partner at the Springfield, Massachusetts, office of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C., Forgetting an audience—who will read the document? Bad timing—stick to the schedule or it appears that appraisals are not important. No supporting documentation—claims made on the appraisal should be supported. All employees get the same level of reviews.

#MeToo and the Workplace: HR and Sexual Harassment Policy

LaborSoft

#MeToo and the Workplace. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, HR and employee relations managers were sent scrambling. sexual harassment and/or discrimination has always been under the purview of HR, it has become a necessity for HR departments to not only tighten up or edify. In fact, more than half of businesses surveyed in 2018 reported plans of changing sexual harassment policies and how claims are filed and dealt with.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Prevention Checklist

Paycor

Creating a working environment that is welcoming for all employees , no matter their gender, is the responsibility of every employer. To help employers, Paycor are offering a checklist of actions to take in order to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

Sexual Harassment has a major impact on NYC employers

OmegaHR Solutions

As I was sitting having dinner, by myself, I was watching the television as they discussed the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, proposed changes in sexual harassment law in the city. So single employee companies are subject to this change in the law. Given the vast number of small employers in New York City, with 99% of employers being described as small, that is a lot of companies that will have to pay attention.

“Harassment is Not Just that Nasty Comment”

AbelHR

Typically, when we think about harassment in the workplace, we think about someone making a remark that someone else interprets as being offensive. With this, we typically think that there wasn’t really any mal-intent behind the remark and even tell ourselves that the person who reports the harassment is being….well, As we noted in our blog post a few weeks ago, harassment is a bit subjective by nature. However, the fun doesn’t stop there.

DFEH Issues Important Guidance On Investigating Harassment Complaints

HR Daily Advisor

On May 2, 2017, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) released its Workplace Harassment Guide, which advises employers how to develop an effective antiharassment program, respond to and investigate claims of harassment, and take appropriate remedial actions. The guide, found here , follows up on regulations the Fair Employment and Housing Council enacted in 2016. Preventing Harassment. Satisfying the burden of proof.

Sexual Harassment: The Workplace’s Dirty Little Secret

HR Daily Advisor

Recent headlines have been littered with numerous stories of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and rape. And for real, our 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Sexual harassment text on cardboard. Sadly, sexual harassment is so pervasive that we sometimes don’t see it. Gender inequality in the workplace has gotten better over the years, but it’s still a far cry from giving men and women equal opportunities.

11 steps that you can take now to reduce harassment in your workplace

The Employer Handbook

That sounds more “glass-half-full” than “ Don’t be like the Dallas Mavericks: 11 ways to avoid a Sports Illustrated report chronicling twenty years of allegations of sexual harassment and mismanagement in your workplace. ” Yeah, I’m comfortable with the title of today’s blog post. If you hung around yesterday, you got yourself a primer on the anatomy of a workplace investigation report. million documents.

Here’s what a report from a huuuuuuuuuuge sexual harassment investigation looks like

The Employer Handbook

By sportslogos.net [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Have you ever seen a sexual harassment investigative report? We’ll talk about recommendations to avoid harassment in your workplace.). However, if you’d like to learn more about what goes into a report of a sexual harassment investigation, read on. . For over twenty years, the Dallas Mavericks, a professional basketball team, had problems with sexual harassment and employee management.

Substitute Custodian Vying for Clean Sweep on Harassment, Retaliation Claims

HR Daily Advisor

A substitute school custodian said she was pressured to have sex with a foreman in exchange for more hours and then retaliated against for refusing his advances and lodging a sexual harassment complaint. This case demonstrates the importance of training employees and supervisors on sexual harassment prevention and on protocols for reporting harassment. . She was not guaranteed any work and, in fact, was rarely scheduled to work during the 2011–2012 school year.

The “harassing, stalking, disturbing, and menacing” plaintiff lost her discrimination case. Go figure.

The Employer Handbook

It’s bad enough when a federal judge refers to a plaintiff-employee’s behavior towards her manager as “harassing, stalking, disturbing, and menacing.” And how do you think that went for the plaintiff? 60 pages of text messages are just the tip of the iceberg.

Office Romance, Valentine’s Day in the COVID Era

HRWatchdog

This Valentine’s Day looks drastically different than in years past , as many office environments have been in a state of telework for nearly a year — and the number of relationships that blossomed at work likely has further trended downward.

Your Guide to the Most Common HR Legal Documents

Namely

When it comes to drafting legal documents, it may feel like you should enroll in night law school or watch some Law & Order SVU to successfully handle the ever-changing tasks assigned to you. While both your company and its employees may take these documents for granted, you know there’s a lot of strategic thinking and work that goes into drafting them. It sets up the expectations for how both parties will work together. Is the employee eligible for annual raises?

Could Your HRIS Help Stop Workplace Sexual Harassment?

HR Payroll Systems

The prevalence of sexual harassment claims in the news lately is making it very clear that the problem is widespread. While most of the claims making headlines have been brought forth against celebrities and people in high-power positions, sexual harassment takes many forms and can be instigated by individuals in any position in any industry. Fortunately, there are a few ways that HRIS software can help employers combat workplace sexual harassment.

EEOC Chair Not Seeing Wave of Harassment Claims in Wake of #MeToo

HR Daily Advisor

With the #MeToo movement continuing to gain steam, an increase in the number of sexual harassment claims made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) might be expected. And although the EEOC chair says that hasn’t been the case, at least slow change may be on the way. Lipnic spoke on the issue as the agency reconvened its Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace on June 11.

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. In May 2012, “Paul” was transferred to the store and made store manager. The next day, Karen went to the store to investigate further, and Kylie reported the harassment.

Sexual Harassment Investigations: A Timely Topic for February’s Live Webinar

HRWatchdog

An employee informs you that she’s been sexually harassed by her supervisor over the past year. Do you know exactly what to do the moment an employee alleges sexual harassment? Join CalChamber and special guest presenter Lisa Buehler for a start-to-finish overview of properly investigating sexual harassment in your workplace: Your obligations to investigate under federal and California laws. Sexual harassment scenarios. Register now!

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High Profile or Not, Sexual Harassment Claims Require Employer Action

HR Daily Advisor

Sexual harassmentthe subject has exploded in recent weeks as people from all walks have spoken up about a menacing workplace problem. Even though antiharassment efforts are a priority in human resources circles, recent revelations about the actions of some high-profile executives are likely to cause employers to ask the question, “Are we doing enough?”. Over the years, he had even paid to settle several sexual harassment claims without the company taking action.

Managing Employees’ Online Behavior

Affinity HR Group

We have all read stories of someone’s unacceptable or illegal actions going viral and the public using social media to identify that person and where they work and live. Train these employees on proper communication skills and how to maximize the impact on the platforms.

Is Arbitration Of Harassment the Best Course Of Action?

LaborSoft

is arbitration of harassment claims the best course of action? About a year ago, employers relished a major win when the Supreme Court upheld class-action waivers in arbitration agreements , giving them the power to stop employees from banding together to file claims for work-related issues, instead forcing each to file an individual claim. But, is this the best course of action when dealing with employee harassment or employment discrimination claims?

3 complaints and an investigation with discipline, how could an employer not know about possible harassment?!?

The Employer Handbook

I’m not sure what kind of evidence a federal jury was expecting when it concluded that two plaintiff-intervenors ( i.e. , the alleged victims of sexual harassment on whose behalf the EEOC pursued claims) did not do enough to notify the employer-defendant about possible harassment in the workplace. Let’s head out to the Pacific Northwest for a case called EEOC v. The Plaintiff-Intervenors filed a motion for a new trial.