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New Bill is Preview of What Might Happen if Congress Flips in November

Many pollsters are predicting Congress could switch from Republican to Democratic control in November. It has been quite some time since we have seen any significant employment legislation from the Congress, but a newly invigorated Democrat Congress might get busy

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Should Companies Change Harassment Training in the Wake of #Metoo?

One of the benefits of the recent #Metoo movement is that companies in every industry are rethinking not only employment policies, but their approach to training and organizational culture. I was recently interviewed for an article on how companies should

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How Should Employers Respond to #MeToo?

The #MeToo movement started as a wave of press coverage exposing long-suppressed stories of sexual harassment and exploitation in Hollywood. That movement, however, has now gone far beyond Harvey Weinstein. High-profile cases involving judges, news anchors, politicians, and CEOs have

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Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Just Got Tougher to Settle

Just like the infamous line that Congress had to pass the Affordable Care Act to know what was in it, it seems we had to pass the new tax law to find out all of the hidden surprises. One item

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Performance Evaluations Can Pose Trouble for Employers

It’s that time of year again. You know the one. Supervisors hurriedly completing performance evaluations at the last minute to avoid nasty emails from the HR Department about missed deadlines. Sound familiar? If so, your company may be doing more

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Harvey Weinstein Case Brings Sexual Harassment Back to the Spotlight

The Harvey Weinstein case has brought a spotlight to a problem that has plagued not only Hollywood but other professions as well. While Corporate America has largely cleaned up its act and instituted robust anti-harassment policies and procedures, the rise

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Dept. of Labor Revisits Changes to Overtime Regulations

On July 26, the Dept. of Labor (DOL) published a Request for Information (RFI)(which can be found here), looking for input from the public on next steps after the Obama Administration’s effort to increase the minimum salary threshold for exempt

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Is Your Company’s Hurricane Plan ready?

With the first tropical storm of the season bearing down on the Gulf Coast, it is a good time to dust off your HR Department’s Hurricane Plan and make sure it is up to date. If you don’t have one,

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Is Comp Time Finally Coming to Private Employers?

Comp time has long been available to public sector employees, but never for private companies. That might be changing soon. On May 2, the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act. This bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act

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Seventh Circuit Recognizes Sexual Orientation as Protected Class

This week, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first Federal Court of Appeals to hold that discrimination based on sexual orientation is actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. A news article about

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