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08 Nov California Employers Can Expect More Employment Litigation in 2019

In light of the #metoo movement, a new law in California will strengthen laws prohibiting all forms of harassment in the workplace.   On Sept. 30, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1300 which, among other things, expands the ability of California employees to file harassment lawsuits against their employers in ways they were not able to in the past. The law takes effect on January 1, 2019.   Most notably, the law expressly rejects the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in Brooks v. City of San…

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17 Oct HARASSMENT POLICY: WHAT SHOULD WE CALL IT?

Last week we hosted the latest webinar in our “How To …” series, focusing on the nuts and bolts of a harassment policy in light of #MeToo. When I started preparing, I thought, “Not that much has changed as far as what your policy should say.” While I still think that’s true for a company that already had a well thought-out policy, the webinar was quite well-attended and we had more good questions and comments from the audience than we could keep up with – a good…

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30 Jul Do You Think Your Harassment Training Is Changing Behavior?

Recently I shared on Currents an article I wrote about a wide variety of topics that have come as remedies to the ongoing harassment problem highlighted by months of #MeToo, where I suggest that new and creative ways of training and of finding unreported harassment will be more significant than some of the initial legislative focuses.  Drilling further, in this article, I ask employers:  Do you think your current annual training or video is really changing behavior?   Specifically, I submit there are two primary…

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31 May Simple Reminders For Developing Healthy Workplace Culture

All work environments develop their own workplace cultures, regardless of company size or industry. The role of culture, when consciously shaped and reinforced, is to bring consistency to the work environment through clear expectations.  Workplace cultures shape, reflect, and sustain business values and ethics, and condemn harassment and discrimination.  This is often accomplished through the physical environment of the office (i.e. open door policy); strong workplace policies prohibiting sexual harassment and discrimination; workplace training; and a complaints process that protects employees from retaliation.   Despite…

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26 Feb Chicago says hands off the help – New law protects hotel workers from guest harassment

  Basic rules of etiquette and kindness should cover the workplace and extend to travel away from home – fundamentally, treat others as you would want to be treated if the situation were reversed.   And yet, some folks just can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves.  Thus, a law set to go into effect July 1 within the City of Chicago will provide “panic button” protection for hotel staff against harassment and assault by hotel guests.   Known as the “hands off, pants…

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