Tag: Sexual Harassment

9 Treats, No Tricks

What We’re Reading – October 2018 We scour the web for interesting and actionable HR news and information, so you don’t have to. Here are 9 curated stories that caught our attention this month. Politics at Work Election day is looming, and the midterm elections are on the minds of many Americans, making political conversations…

DOL Delays Overtime Rule Until March 2019 In fall 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced that it intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in March 2019 to determine the appropriate salary level for exemption of executive, administrative, and professional employees. The WHD stated that it is…

California legislators sent a total of 1,217 bills to California Governor Jerry Brown for the 2017-2018 regular legislative session. He signed 1,016, vetoed 201, and 183 of them he reviewed the weekend just before his September 30, 2018, signature deadline. (In case you are wondering, that’s a lot of bills for one year; more than…

Robin Shea, partner with leading national labor and employment law firm (and ThinkHR strategic employment law partner) Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, explains through three tongue-in-cheek soap opera storylines how sexual harassment claims can morph into retaliation liability. Like sands through the hourglass . . . so are the days of our work lives. All…

Small Employer Health Insurance On September 4, 2018, Delaware Governor John Carney signed legislation (H.B. 406) allowing small employers with more than five employees to obtain a stop-loss policy for health insurance to provide more options for small employers in the health insurance market. The law became effective September 4, 2018. See DE H.B. 406…

State Sexual Harassment Prevention Draft Form and Policies Beginning October 9, 2018, New York employees must annually receive sexual harassment prevention training. By January 1, 2019, all employees must complete the model training or a comparable training that meets the minimum standards. The New York Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights released the…

Nursing Mothers in the Workplace On August 21, 2018, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (H.B. 1595) amending the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act by providing for all of the following: Reasonable break time (instead of “unpaid break time each day”) during the first year after the child’s birth each time the employee needs…

New York City Sexual Harassment Fact Sheet and Notice The New York City Commission on Human Rights released a new sexual harassment fact sheet and notice that employers are required to provide to employees under the city’s Human Rights Law. The fact sheet must be distributed to each employee at the time of hire, and…

Salary History Information On July 18, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (A.B. 2282) providing for the following: Definitions of the terms pay scale, reasonable request, and applicant. Allowing employers to ask an applicant about his or her salary expectations for the position to which he or she is applying. Allowing employers to make…

Q: May we add an arbitration clause prohibiting class action lawsuits to our employment contracts? A: Yes. Until recently , courts were split on the issue and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that “it is a violation of federal labor law to require employees to sign arbitration agreements that prevent them from joining…