The EEOC Proposes Detailed New Enforcement Priorities For 2023-2027

On Tuesday, January 10, the EEOC released for public comment its draft 2023-2027 Strategic Enforcement Plan, or “SEP” (available here)—a document that will guide the Commission’s enforcement priorities for the next five years. The EEOC’s previously announced Strategic Plan described “how” it would pursue its enforcement goals. The Strategic Enforcement Plan, on the other hand,…

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Retaliation Mistake Leads to a Costly Payout

Race discrimination is bad enough, but an Oklahoma-based company recently learned the hard way that adding a retaliation mistake on top of that can lead to hefty settlements. American Piping Inspection, Inc. has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a race-based discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the EEOC on behalf of a Black employee…

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Quiet Quitting and Today’s Workforce Challenges

The American workforce is in crisis, buffeted by one challenge after another – some recent, and some, like demographic changes, that have been building for decades. At a recent employment law seminar – our first in-person employment program since 2019 – Pierce Atwood brought together clients from health care, higher education, accounting, the nonprofit sector,…

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The Benefits of Hiring People With No Experience

One of the greatest battles that people fresh out of school or looking to make a career shift face is how to get relevant experience if no one will hire them without relevant experience. In job listings, there’s typically an unspoken understanding that a position calling for “0-2 years of experience” doesn’t really mean zero.…

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Good Policies, Good Results – Have You Checked Yours Lately?

A recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provides good reason for employers to make a robust effort at maintaining and disseminating a policy against discrimination and harassment. Most employers probably already have such a policy. But if it is not comprehensive in scope, and if it is buried in…

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H-1B Lottery Registration Will Open March 1

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the dates for submitting registrations for the yearly H-1B cap lottery. The registration period will be open from March 1, 2022 to March 18, 2022, with selections to be announced by the end of the month. All employers who wish to file an H-1B petition under the cap…

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7 trends likely to shape HR in 2022

From the Great Resignation to vaccine mandate confusion, last year was a wild ride for HR. Some things may not have cleared up much — like when the pandemic will end or when the labor market will stabilize — but current predictions build on the learnings from the last 12 months. Nearly two years into…

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14 Key HR Lessons Learned in 2021

Looking back, 2021 has been a year in which HR professionals at all levels learned critical lessons. Here are some of the areas we HR folks have struggled with this year: 1. Show employees the company’s purpose beyond profits. People join and stay with a company only if their personal values are in line with those…

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