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Category Archives: Employment Practices Liability Insurance

Common Employment Practices Liabilities in the Hiring Process

Common Employment Practices Liabilities in the Hiring ProcessThe hiring process can be wonderful for employers, but while it is exciting to add new talent to the team, the process can be dangerous if you are not careful. Just as applicants are expected to obey certain codes of conduct when applying for jobs, employers need to mind their behavior as well, though it’s not just  about etiquette: there are many legal restrictions on the hiring process, and disobeying

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Minimize Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims, Avoid Liability

Minimize Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims, Avoid LiabilityThe issue of sexual harassment has been a topic of discussion most recently in the news in the wake of allegations made against former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and resulting payment settlements by the network’s parent company, negative comments made by the director at a Bay Area Veteran Affairs clinic in San Francisco when responding to workplace harassment allegations made by his staff, and various legal pundits weighing in

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The Risk of Employment Practices Violations

The Risk of Employment Practices ViolationsThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives tens of thousands of claims by employees and former employees each year. In fact, in 2015 there were 89,385 discrimination cases filed with the EEOC. Topping the list were retaliation claims at 39,757, followed by discrimination allegations involving race (31,027), disability (26,968), sex (26,396), age (20,144), national origin (9,438), religion (3,502), color (2,833), the Equal Pay Act (973), and the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination …

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EPLI: Worker Wage & Hour Lawsuits Continue to Set Records

EPLI Worker Wage & Hour Lawsuits Continue to Set RecordsWorkers filed a record number of wage and hour lawsuits during the federal fiscal year 2015 that ended September 30, according to Seyfarth Shaw, a law firm that analyzes data from the Federal Judicial Center. There were 8,781 cases filed in fiscal 2015, which reflects an 8% increase over last year.

“New federal labor regulations, the fight for a minimum wage hikes and an intense focus on independent contractor classification …

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EPLI: How to Go About Terminating Employees – Part II

 

EPLI How to Go About Terminating Employees – Part IIIn our previous blog, we discussed some of the issues and concerns employers need to be aware of prior to taking the steps to terminate an employee. This is vital in helping to stem possible employment practices-related lawsuits. Also important to staying out of court when it comes to ending an employee’s employment is how one goes about the termination and what is said.

There is no …

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EPLI: The Risk of Third-Party Sexual Harassment of Employees

EPLI The Risk of Third-Party Sexual Harassment of EmployeesEmployers realize the potential liability of an employment practices liability suit when an employee is sexually harassed by another employee and measures are not taken to mitigate and correct the problem. Employee handbooks need to specifically outline a company’s policies and procedures and clearly state adherence to regulations, which most employers also understand. But there is another related risk that is perhaps less well known. A similar liability exposure can …

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EPLI: Putting a Social Media Policy in Place

EPLI: Putting a Social Media Policy in PlaceSocial Media Policy, Swift Action Helps Mitigate Employment Practices Exposures

No doubt social media provides effective communication platforms to connect and engage with friends, customers, colleagues and potential clients. But when an employee posts something off color or insulting on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, the reaction can be swift and damage a company’s reputation along with impacting its bottom line. If the posts are racists, homophobic, …

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New Employment Laws in California in Effect for 2015

New Employment Laws in California in Effect for 2015Update Your Employment Policies, Handbook and Train Managers

California has several new employment laws coming into effect in 2015, so it’s imperative that employers in the Golden State are familiar with these laws and amendments so they don’t find themselves in violation. Here are just a few of the significant laws of which you should be aware:

  • As of July 1, 2015, many California employers will be required to provide
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EPLI: Pregnancy Discrimination Case Heads to the Supreme Court

EPLI Pregnancy Discrimination Case Heads to the Supreme CourtEmployment Practice Issue to be Reviewed this Week

Back in August we wrote about the case in which a pregnant woman working at UPS sued the shipping company claiming that it had violated the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act. UPS stated that neither the Pregnancy Discrimination Act nor the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applied to her and won in federal court and on appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court is now …

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Don’t Think Twice About Purchasing EPLI Insurance

Purchasing EPLI InsuranceEmployers Face an Increase in EPLI Exposures, Need Coverage

The likelihood of experiencing an employment practice claim is high and rapidly rising regardless of a company’s revenue, number of employees or corporate structure. This is one of the principal takeaways in a recent research paper released by Advisen, a firm that provides insights for the global community of commercial insurance professionals.

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