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EEOC updates guidance as return-to-work accelerates

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on June 11 released updates to its document “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” The guidance, presented in a Q&A format, is especially critical as more businesses prepare to re-open facilities for the first time since state governments issued stay-at-home orders in March and April. The June 11 guidance updates address Return...

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Workplace investigations in a work-from-home world

Many of the old ways of completing basic human resources tasks have been changed by new remote workforces and the need for physical distancing. One of the areas most impacted is internal workplace investigations.  Although gathering information and conducting interviews in person is preferable in almost every context, current conditions make face-to-face interactions impossible or, at the very least, ill-advised. In a recent...

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Avoiding COVID-19 lawsuits and reputational damage as employees return to work

As organizations of all kinds prepare to reopen facilities and bring employees back onsite as the COVID-19 crisis eases, HR pros need to be ready to advise leadership of both potential legal risks and how to protect against long-term damage to their reputation. And there is one risk factor that many executives, and even legal counsel, are not yet thinking about – states and local governments are taking a larger role in protecting...

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Pregnancy Discrimination Act case heads back to court

Unlike an Alabama district court, an appeals court couldn’t see the difference between injured workers who couldn’t lift more than 20 pounds and a pregnant worker who couldn’t lift 50, since none of them could meet the requirement to lift 100 pounds. So it told the district court to take up the case again and determine whether the company’s reasons for treating the pregnant worker differently were legitimate based on the facts...

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EEOC reminds employers on racial bias

EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon issued a reminder to employers to be vigilant for instances of discrimination in the workplace on the basis of national origin or race. Dhillon said in a news release, “Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic can bring out the best and worst in people. We have seen many examples of people rising to the occasion, helping others in need, sometimes at great risk or sacrifice to themselves.  Sadly, there have also...

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Coronavirus and compliance: Obligations Under FMLA, ADA and Title VII

Employers are scrambling to determine what they should be doing now to prepare for the very frightening and growing threat of the coronavirus. And that massive challenge comes at the same time as this influenza season, which is well on its way to being the worst in a decade. The impact of these viral illnesses will ripple through every workplace, regardless of location or industry, cautions veteran labor and employment attorney Dr....

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4 keys to a successful remote work strategy, when you have to close your doors

The COVID-19 emergency is putting unprecedented strains on the global economy and on individual businesses. Regardless of size, employers are having to adjust to a big change: going from seeing workers on site every day to having most employees working from home. Getting it right means you’ll minimize downtime, anxiety and lost productivity over the coming weeks through preparation, communication, and implementation. Challenge and...

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More states push employer- paid benefits for gig workers

Debate around providing gig workers who work for companies like Amazon, Uber, Lyft, and GrubHub with workers’ compensation and other benefits is intensifying across the country. Proponents, including some gig economy companies like NJ-based Postmates, argue that the long-term viability of the new labor model and its potential benefits will only happen if industry, organized labor and legislators “forge a new social compact that...

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Survey: Half of gig workers say they want to unionize

More than half of gig economy workers responding to a recent survey said they believe the “alternative workforce” should unionize. Why? So they can get paid fairly, have some level of benefit coverage (about three-quarters of gig workers in the U.S have no health insurance coverage) and generally work on a more equal basis with their full-time colleagues. And the uncertainty underlying the desire to unionize uncertainty extends to...

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More biometric lawsuits against employers getting into court

Biometrics lawsuits are heating up, with plaintiffs filing actions against employers who are replacing older time and attendance systems with technology that relies on fingerprints, face scans or other individually unique biometric identification data. The suits, which join other actions against companies that collect and sell biometric data to third parties, have all been brought under Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act...

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EEOC data show Title VII retaliation cases rising

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported in late January that it fielded 72,675 charges of workplace discrimination in 2019, the largest number alleging retaliation. Those figures don’t include any charges filed with state or local fair employment agencies, which EEOC does not report. The number was down slightly from 2018’s tally of more than 76,000 charges. The number of suits filed under all federal fair...

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Google HR chief to step down as employee dissatisfaction mounts

Google’s head of human resources, Eileen Naughton, will step down later this year amid rising tensions between the company’s top executives and rank and file employees. The executive departure follows many months of highly public people issues at the company, including claims of pregnancy discrimination and an allegation of sexual misconduct by a senior executive at Alphabet, Google’s parent company. After the executive was...

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Sex harassment suit could push Riot Games settlement to $400M

The sexual harassment suit against Riot Games has respawned and is now, potentially, able to inflict 40 times more damage on the video game maker. Riot and current and former female employees agreed in August 2019 to settle the suit. The agreement called for the $1.5 billion dollar company (2019 revenue) to settle the class-action suit by paying out $10 million to about 1,000 employees who self-identify as female. But that settlement...

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Study says trust your gut … but should you?

With so much riding on HR getting hiring, promotions and, yes, firing right the first time, it’s natural that HR pros sometimes second guess decisions. But would you still be tasked with making those decisions if your instincts weren’t usually right? Well, a study out of the UK suggests you listen to your more confident inner voice on this question, too. Three British scientists studied gamblers to see who made better predictions...

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Retention drives employee recognition ROI

Even as some surveys show that about 65% workers in North America say they aren’t actively looking for a new job, many of them also report they are not engaged at work. But that doesn’t mean you can relax with your employee retention efforts. Most of those folks are probably sticking around because they are uncertain about which way the economy is headed. But, since they aren’t getting a lot of satisfaction working for you,...