Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

What Happens Online Can Get You In Trouble

Before social media, harassment, sexual or otherwise, was pretty much confined to office hours. Now, work and personal life have become so entangled that what happens at work no longer stays at work. “Our employees are connected 24/7,” says Jeffrey Miller,…

Court Says You Can Fire A Worker You Believe Made Up A Discrimination Claim

It’s not just people who fabricate complaints of discrimination at work who can be fired, but those whom you believe fabricated discrimination claims. Everybody, roar it with me, “Yassssss!” In Villa v. Cavamezze Grill, LLC. the plaintiff was a low-level manager…

7 Workplace Sins That Could Land You In Court

If you think your organization is immune from workplace misconduct, think again. One in three women between the ages of 18-34 say they’ve been sexually harassed in the workplace. Moreover, many workers (40% to 60% in one study) say they’ve…

3 Steps You Can Take to Close the Gender Pay and Opportunity Gaps

Gender pay data can be examined in a number of different ways, but no matter how you slice it, the pay gap still exists. The most recent research by compensation data and software company PayScale, where I work, shows that…

Five Tips for Eliminating Workplace Misconduct

If you’re like most human resources professionals, you want to create a workplace where misconduct can’t thrive — and that starts with a strong focus on culture. Most people entering the workplace are looking for a positive, supportive culture. And whether…

Contractor Blacklisting Rules Coming to a Permanent End

Less than six months ago, federal contractors were clutching their pearls over the prospect of having to publicly disclose violations under 14 federal workplace laws, to be eligible for a government contract. The following month, in October 2016, a federal judge iced…

What We Can Expect From the EEOC In 2017

In recent years, it has been difficult to predict with certainty what employers can expect from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). While it is unlikely the agency will dramatically shift gears during the coming fiscal year, the following are…

How President Trump Is Likely to Impact HR

As we prepare for Donald Trump to enter office on January 20, what changes might his administration bring? Will he honor the former administration’s bold moves around EEO reporting, contractor rules, minimum wage, FLSA, and equal pay laws? Or will…

EEOC to Ratchet Up Scrutiny of Gig Economy Employers

This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission approved an updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for fiscal years 2017–2021, setting out its priorities and strategies for the near term. The SEP builds on a prior plan issued in December 2012, which…

Is Your Parental Leave Policy Sending the Wrong (Maybe Illegal) Message?

On average, organizations gave mothers 41 paid days of maternity leave, compared with 22 paid days of paternity leave for fathers. That statistic comes from 2016 Paid Leave in the Workplace, a survey recently conducted by the Society for Human Resource…

The 3 Biggest Compliance Worries You Should Be Worrying About

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…

Fingerprint vs. Name-Based: Which Background Screening Solution Is Best for Employers?

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably heard about states and municipalities passing bills requiring FBI or state fingerprint background checks for certain industries. While it’s good to see the government supporting employee and consumer safety, it’s also…