Legal – Compliance & Policies

The 3-2-1 Response to Your Company’s “Lady CFO” Problems

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In a recent Google shareholders call, a small thing happened that has big implications. Google’s CFO, Ruth Porat, answered a question posed to her by a caller. In posing his question, the shareholder referred to Porat as “The Lady CFO” making a choice, consciously or unconsciously, to amend her title with a gender…

A Quick Guide to Leaves As “Reasonable Accommodation”

A Quick Guide to Leaves As “Reasonable Accommodation”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued the “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act” guidance to help employers know when leaves of absences are considered reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. The EEOC advises employers to consider leaves of absences as reasonable accommodations that must be granted unless they impose undue hardship…

The 3 Biggest Compliance Worries You Should Be Worrying About

EEOC action wories from Litter survey

I came across Littler Mendelson’s Executive Employer Survey Report, which “examines the legal, economic and social issues having the greatest impact on the workplace, based on survey responses from 844 in-house counsel, human resources professionals and C-suite executives from a range of industries.” What has respondents losing sleep at night? From the executive…

Are You Ready to Handle Political Tensions In the Workplace?

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More than a quarter of HR professionals are already reporting an increase in workplace political volatility compared to previous election seasons, according to a recent Society for Human Resource Management poll. The same study found only 24% of organizations have written policies on how to handle political activities, though 72% say they discourage…

With So Many Paid Leave Laws, How Do You Know What Applies?

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Let’s face it: The national conversation on paid leave has changed. Looking back even one year ago, news outlets were mainly focused on decrying the state of the unpaid sick and parental leave protections offered in the U.S., as compared to other developed countries. That reality is rapidly changing. A number of states…

5 Parental Leave Trends You Need to Know

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You already know about the so-called “arms race” in which companies are upping the ante on parental leave plans and other family-friendly benefits in an effort to recruit and retain today’s top talent. And you’ve seen the headlines – hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another company announcing an expanded maternity…

EEOC Settles First Sexual Orientation Lawsuit

EEOC Settles First Sexual Orientation Lawsuit

In early March, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed its first lawsuits, in which it alleged that employer had violated Title VII by discriminating based on sexual orientation. Late last week, one of those lawsuits settled. (A second, against Scott Medical Health Center, is pending.) Dani Kass from Law360 reports here that the EEOC…

Few Give Their Policy Management System Passing Grades

Few Give Their Policy Management System Passing Grades

The days of organizations conducting policy management through spreadsheets, email and generic document-sharing platforms aren’t over yet. But they probably should be. Because policy management is often a shared responsibility among many departments and affects all employees, the performance and compliance downsides of outdated policy management systems can infect entire organizations. And policy…