DOES YOUR COMPANY HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING MISS THE MARK?

June 20, 2016 Author:  Bobbi K. Dominick Most companies are aware of their obligation to train employees about harassment in the workplace.  But a review of recent litigation cases shows that many employers still miss the mark.  Training is required to effectively prevent harassment, while recognizing that not all harassment can be prevented. A training... View Post

Q&A: FINAL OVERTIME RULE RELEASED ON MAY 18, 2016

May 19, 2016 Author:  Bobbi K. Dominick On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule updating the overtime regulations. I already pay all of my employees a salary, so I do not need to worry about this new rule, correct? That is not... View Post

MANDATORY FLU VACCINATION: RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS

Even with the peak of the influenza season behind us, employers have good reason to be concerned about the flu in the workplace.  It poses a health risk that no business can take lightly, and those in the health care or child care fields, for example, face especially high stakes in deciding how to mitigate... View Post

HARASSMENT PREVENTION BEGINS AT THE TOP

April 25, 2016 Author:  Bobbi K. Dominick Workplace harassment has likely existed since the beginning of the workplace itself.  Discriminatory animus against classes of people has existed since the beginning of humanity. Since the 1960s, Title VII and related discrimination laws have required U.S. employers to take harassment prevention more seriously. As often happens, imposing... View Post

YOU WORK OVERTIME AND I GET PAID TOO: USING STATISTICAL EVIDENCE TO PROVE CLASS ACTION CLAIMS UNDER THE FLSA

April 5, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court recently made it easier for employees to prove class action claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Using statistical “representative evidence,” over 3,000 employees of Tyson Foods asserted FLSA claims alleging unpaid overtime for “donning and doffing” their protective gear. A jury awarded the employees $2.9 million.... View Post

BREAKING OUT OF THE MOLD

March 23, 2016 While certain industries or positions may appear to typically employ a certain type of person, employers must be vigilant and ensure that job qualifications – whether written or not – do not implicate a protected class such as age or gender.  Avoiding classifications implicating protected classes is something that applies at all... View Post

BEWARE OF REVERSE DISCRIMINATION

March 8, 2016 The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a white construction worker who said he was laid off from a Missouri project because it wasn’t meeting its labor contract’s federally mandated minority-hiring goal can take his claims to trial. On February 3, 2016, the 7th Circuit reversed the grant of summary... View Post