Sexual harassment by a nonemployee confirmed by a Federal court

When I train about sexual harassment or discuss it in a class, one area I mention is that companies can be liable for harassment from a nonemployee. The example I give most often is a delivery person who “flirts” with the receptionist that is receiving the packages. That is not a difficult example to understand …

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How are lactating mothers protected in the workplace?

For some reason, there has been a spate of articles posted in various outlets about lactating mothers. I am not sure what the cause for this is, perhaps some employer is engaging in wrongdoing or some untrained manager has denied someone the opportunity to express breast milk. Who knows? Whatever the reason, it is a …

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The Spring Addition of the HR Carnival

It seems that Spring is finally here for good and nothing signals that more than the Spring Edtion of the HR Carnival. This month’s edition is hosted by the self-proclaimed “student of human behavior” Tamara M. Rasberry. She has put together a collection of 19 fantastic blog posts. In case you don’t know, these bloggers …

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Age discrimination in today’s world

In the scheme of things in the working world, I am an old man. As I approach my 67th birthday (July 7th for those of wishing to send gifts) I am continually frustrated by reading stories and listening to friends talk about incidents of age discrimination. I just recently had a friend feel compelled to …

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Five great posts for all HR professionals to read

As I occasionally do, today I am bringing to you five great posts that I think are important for you to read. I am certain you will learn something. First up is a great post from my friend Jon Hyman. In his post Let’s all try to remember to have gender-neutral employment policies Jon reminds us …

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Future Friday: Older workers switching to “anticipatory careers”: A revisit

If you thought your older workers are going to go silently into retirement you need to be rethinking that. According to writer Richard Eisenberg workers over 50 are going to have multiple options that will keep them in play for many years after what would be the normal retirement age. Anticipatory careering One option that …

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The Issue of Sexual Orientation has been settled, or has it?

In Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, there is no expressed protection for sexual orientation. However, during the Obama administration, the EEOC ruled that sexual orientation is protected under sexual discrimination provisions of Title VII. When the country switched over to the Trump administration, the Department of Justice said that sexual orientation is not …

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Valentine Day Archive: Losing out to a lover does not mean you were discriminated against

Valentine Day always sparks a blog post or two about office romances. Here is one I wrote in 2017.  Does a man, who does not get promoted or get an increase, because his boss gives them to his lover, have a claim for discrimination? According to one court, the answer is “NO”. The case Mr. …

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Ten Human Resources Steps that WILL save you!

As I was teaching my HR certification class on Saturday we talked about the issue of how HR is to respond to an employee revealing information about actions that could be damaging to the company, but then asking HR to keep it confidential. Of course, HR cannot do that. They have an obligation to investigate. …

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Two Compliance Issues every HR professional should know and teach to managers

I have come across a number of “must-know” lists in the past couple of weeks. Perhaps this is an artifact of the time of year, getting a fresh start phenomenon. As a result, I decided to do my own list. These are the things that I think all good professionals must know. Anti-discrimination Most of …

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