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Policies / Handbooks

DOL serious about nursing mother protections

12/20/2018
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued one of its first milk-expression break citations on the Trump administration’s watch.

New York City enacts new lactation room requirement

12/18/2018
Effective March 19, 2019, employers with at least four employees must have a lactation policy and lactation room available for employees.

Gifting guidelines to promote holiday harmony

12/12/2018
Holiday gift-giving at work often skids wildly into a ditch of misunderstanding and impropriety. Here are some simple ways to steer clear of gaffes.

Diversity initiatives: Make sure your good intentions are lawful

11/28/2018
While the Supreme Court has never overturned an employer’s voluntary affirmative action policy, lower courts have struck down such policies when they have strayed beyond Title VII and trammeled upon the rights of male and nonminority employees.

Track every harassment complaint, document your efforts to address the problem

11/28/2018
Employers that create a complaint system for reporting harassment and follow through on those complaints with appropriate action earn a defense to most harassment claims.

Posting FMLA notice helps cut off lawsuits

11/14/2018
Employers that post appropriate FMLA notices alerting workers to their FMLA rights—and train managers on the FMLA—generally get the benefit of the two-year deadline.

Beat bias lawsuits by showing you enforce attendance rules fairly and impartially

11/14/2018
Courts like to see employers use fair, business-related reasons for discipline. A neutral no-fault attendance policy, applied evenhandedly to all workers in the same job classification, is very likely to stand up in court.

Stung once by EEOC? Don’t let guard down

10/25/2018
If the EEOC has accused your organization of some form of discrimination, don’t think you can just write a check and move on. Now is the time to take a cold, hard look at all your employment practices and policies.

How to handle requests for religious time off

10/09/2018
It’s perfectly legitimate to require employees to request religious leave well in advance. If you have a process to ask for time off for other kinds of leave, use it for handling requests for religious leave, too.

Disability: Beware docking attendance points

10/04/2018
Policies designed to encourage regular attendance often use a point system to determine when employees who miss work will receive discipline. But that simplicity may create legal problems.