How Can We Be Proactive About Addressing Conflict in the Workplace?
There are many ways to address conflicts in the workplace, before they turn into bigger concerns and more serious obstacles for your organization. The starting point is the ability to reframe the issue of conflict: develop an “attitude of resolution” that views conflict as an opportunity to solve a problem rather than as a confrontation…Read More
Workplace Violence: An Unfortunate Reality – Are You Prepared?
Mass shootings have been increasingly in the headlines in recent years, and many of these incidents have occurred in the workplace. Regardless of anyone’s politics, employers are having to face either the fear of, or the actual experience of, murder in their own offices, factories and schools. What steps should an employer take to keep…Read More
The Speak Out Act: What Employers Need to Know
Employers should be aware of and immediately take measures to comply with the Speak Out Act, which took effect on December 7, 2022. The Act prohibits nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) and nondisparagement agreements designed to prevent current and former employees from discussing sexual harassment and assault. Employers routinely require employees to sign NDAs and nondisparagement agreements…Read More
EEOC Announces Enforcement Priorities for 2023-2027
On Tuesday January 10, 2023, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) publicly released its Draft Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) for fiscal years 2023-2027. The SEP describes the EEOC’s top enforcement priorities, making it critical information for employers around the country. The Draft SEP sets out the EEOC’s six subject matter priorities for fiscal years 2023-2027:…Read More
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,…Read More
‘Tis the Season for Employers to Review Their Employee Handbooks
With the holiday season fast approaching, employers must plan and prepare for the general revelry that accompanies this time of year. Holiday parties, which often involve the consumption of alcohol and frequently occur outside of the physical workplace, present distinct risks for employers. To maintain a safe, respectful, and healthy work environment, employers should consider…Read More
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…Read More
Gun Reform: How Employers Can Protect Employees from Workplace Violence
Congress recently passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, or gun reform legislation, that President Biden has now signed into law. Portions of this legislation may help reduce workplace violence that involves domestic abusers who pursue their partners at their workplaces. The gun reform legislation contains a provision that closes what is commonly known as the…Read More
Ex-SHRM Worker Alleges Organization Let Bias Fester Behind ‘Principled Public Facade’
A self-described “brown-skinned Egyptian Arab woman” who worked for the Society for Human Resources Management filed a lawsuit against the organization June 30 alleging discrimination and retaliation, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Mohamed v. Society for Human Resource Management, No. 1:22-cv-01625 (D. Colo. June 30, 2022)). According to…Read More
Timing Matters – Failure to Respond and Act Promptly Can Create Liability
A recent case emphasizes the importance of timing – both in terms of reacting to reports of employee misconduct and in imposing discipline (particularly termination). As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently found, terminating an employee, based on conduct that occurred months earlier, shortly after they complain of discrimination certainly seems…Read More