What you should do about that EEOC complaint that happened during the shutdown

It would be nice to think that during the partial shutdown of the Federal government that ended January 26th, that employers stopped discriminating and employees stopped filing complaints. However, that was not the case. Since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was one of the agencies not funded during the shutdown that world was put …

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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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Deadline on submitting the EEO-1 extended

The EEOC posted the following press release: Due to the recent partial lapse in appropriations, the opening of the EEO-1 has been postponed until early March 2019. The deadline to submit EEO-1 data will be extended to May 31, 2019. Details and instructions for the 2018 EEO-1 Report filers will be forthcoming. Please continue to visit the …

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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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Are we making strides in age discrimination?

I want to applaud Indeed.com for a TV commercial they are running called “The box”. In an era where age discrimination is still rampant, Indeed.com makes a statement that being an older employee is not the career death knell that many older workers feel it is. Watch this commercial below and see if you don’t …

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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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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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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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