Effective April 1, 2019, New York City employers with at least 15 employees (including interns and independent contractors) who have worked more than 80 hours and at least 90 days in a calendar year, must begin providing mandatory sexual harassment training for all employees, including supervisors, managers, part-time employees, independent contractors, interns, and seasonal employees. » Read More
While New Jersey has long been considered progressive in preserving and protecting the employment rights of its citizens (see last year’s Pay Equity and Paid Sick Leave Laws), current activity in the Legislature and Governor’s office relating to laws impacting the workplace is at an all-time high. » Read More
On December 21, 2018, the EEOC reported on the jury verdict issued just one day prior, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Favorite Farms, Inc. The jury awarded compensatory and punitive damages totaling $850,000 against the employer for sexual harassment and retaliation. » Read More
And just like that, our 2018 seminars are complete. We would like to thank you to everyone who came out to our last (and clearly most fun and educational) seminar of the year!
We discussed the handling of a variety of employment issues including discrimination, harassment, employee discipline, and employee termination, as seen in popular TV programs and movies (primarily Seinfeld and the Office, obviously). » Read More
For some time now, and particularly since issuing the report on its Select Task Force’s Study of Harassment in the Workplace (you can review the report here), the EEOC has become increasingly active in pursuing harassment litigation. In addition, as we wrote about here, the EEOC reconvened its Task Force for a meeting entitled “Transforming #MeToo into Harassment-Free Workplaces.” Participants discussed the EEOC’s efforts in harassment prevention since the 2016 report was issued; and considered testimony from experts in the field who discussed issues including state legislative action in the area of sexual harassment prevention. » Read More
It may be hard to believe, but October 5, 2018, marked the one-year anniversary of the New York Times exposé of Harvey Weinstein, which led to a nationwide conversation about sexual assault and sexual harassment that continues to this day. Although it is impossible to quantify the impact of this movement on our society, preliminary data released by the U.S. » Read More
The protections afforded to transgender employees in Pennsylvania are increasing but remain uncertain. In August 2018, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) issued guidance to elaborate on the meaning of “sex” under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRA”). The PHRC concluded that sex discrimination does encompass claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation, transgender transition, gender identity, and gender expression. » Read More