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Discrimination and EEOC Compliance

Riffing on the Right Way to do Workforce Reductions

October 21, 2013
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Done poorly, RIFs open employer to widespread claims of discrimination that can prove more difficult to defend than the savings the employer hoped to realize from the layoffs.


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The Devil Went Down to the EEOC:A Story on Religious Accommodation

October 17, 2013
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Before you dismiss an employee’s request for a religious accommodation as silly or outrageous, stop, think, and decide whether the expense or difficultly in making the accommodating exceeds the cost and aggravation of defending a possible discrimination lawsuit.


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It’s Time to End Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

October 9, 2013
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The time has come for Congress to step up to the plate and enact legislation including sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, and bring to and end the shameful protection of discrimination against this marginalized class of individuals.


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The High Price of EEOC Background Check Litigation

October 8, 2013
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Perhaps one solution to this crisis is for Congress to engage in some simple oversight over the agencies that enforce our various laws, including the EEOC. $751,942.48 in taxpayer money is a costly investment to chase a fool's errand.


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How the Government Shutdown Affects Labor and Employment Law

October 1, 2013
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If you have active matters with any federal agencies, expect for them to be on hold. Please remember that while the EEOC and other agencies might be temporarily out of business, the laws that they enforce are not.


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Alternate Complaint Avenues and Harassment Prevention

September 26, 2013
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A effective anti-harassment policy provides multiple avenues for an employee to complain. Otherwise, an employee will feel powerless if the person to whom a policy directs her to complain also happens to be the alleged harasser.
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The Biggest Pitfall of Social Recruiting

September 25, 2013
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Don’t let anyone in the chain of hiring view candidates’ social media profiles. Train an employee who is insulated from the hiring process to do your social media searches.
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Legal Briefing: Same-Sex Spouse Entitled to Survivor Benefits

September 16, 2013
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Employers might be required to recognize same-sex partners as spouses for purposes of providing benefits under the company’s benefit plans.
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When Class Matters

September 9, 2013
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While we continue to experiment with live interactive virtual learning for widely dispersed participants, I’ve had some thoughts about when a live class experience matters.
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