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Be alert for harassment during virtual conferences

08/25/2020
Beware a hidden peril of professional development in the coronavirus era: Online harassment of women participating in virtual seminars and conferences.

OK to ban employee blog linking to your websites

08/20/2020
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employers can’t forbid employees from posting negative information or opinions about the company on social media. But, the NLRB just decided employers can make workers refrain from linking to official company websites.

Build options into your employment contracts

08/20/2020
In reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, some employers have had to make the hard decision to downsize. Depending on the circumstances, that can cause legal headaches.

Bostock covers transgender restroom choice

08/20/2020
Bostock v. Clayton County held for the first time that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their sexual orientation and transgender status. However, the ruling left uncertain exactly how far the protection goes.

Discipline looming? Expect complaints to be filed

08/13/2020
Employees sometimes try to head off a suspected firing by filing internal complaints. They hope their employers will be so afraid of a retaliation claim that they put the termination on hold. It doesn’t always work.

Expect to pay double for wage violations

08/13/2020
The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to track the time hourly employees work to ensure they receive all the pay they have earned. The law comes with a built-in penalty: Get it wrong and you automatically owe twice your underpayment going back at least two years.

EEOC opioid advice focuses on job retention

08/13/2020
The EEOC has issued two new publications designed to address issues related to employing people who legally use or illegally abuse opioid drugs.

Few in HR believe we do enough to support diversity

08/11/2020
Nearly 90% of HR leaders believe their organizations have been ineffective in efforts to increase diversity representation, according to newly released research by the Gartner consulting firm.

Snapshot: We don’t do enough to provide opportunities for Black employees

08/11/2020
SHRM’s Together Forward @Work initiative uncovered divergent views among HR professionals on minority opportunities.

Poll: Black, white workers diverge on racial inequity

08/11/2020
Black and white American workers differ in their perceptions of racial inequity in the workplace, of incivility and whether their employers can do more to promote equity and inclusion at work, according to a new report by the Society for Human Resource Management.