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Category Archives: EPLI

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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Employment Practices in Tech Industry: The Diversity Issue

Employment Practices in Tech Industry: The Diversity IssueOver the last few years there has been heightened scrutiny regarding the makeup of the workforce at technology companies, which is predominantly white, Asian, and male. Diversity in the workforce was underscored in a survey conducted by Fortune last year, which revealed that on average women comprise about one-third of the jobs in the tech industry. That gap expands the higher up you go in an organization, with the best …

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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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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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Employment Practices Liability: More Employees Claiming Wage Theft

Employment Practices Liability More Employees Claiming Wage TheftWage-and-Hour Disputes Becoming More Prevalent, Review Practices, EPLI Coverage

Lawsuits accusing employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employee tips are being filed across the nation. In fact, according to work advocates who call these practices “wage theft”, these types of actions are becoming “far too prevalent”.

For example, they cite the McDonald’s workers who filed seven class-action lawsuits over wage disputes in …

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How Employment Practices Liability Insurance Works

How Employment Practices Liability Insurance WorksEmployment Practices Liability An Integral Insurance Component

Employment Practices Liability (EPL) insurance is designed to cover employers against employee-related claims such issues as discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. A policy is typically written either on a stand-alone basis or as an addition to an employer’s management liability policies, including Directors and Officers (D&O), Employers Liability and Errors & Omissions. A standalone policy is usually preferable to having the coverage …

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A Look At Employment Practices and Employee Severance Packages

A Look At Employment Practices and Employee Severance PackagesReview Severance Agreements for Possible Discriminatory Practices

Severance agreements are typically viewed as a win-win for both employer and employee when parting ways. They include enhanced financial benefits in exchange for a broad release of claims and promises not to sue. Most recently, however, severance agreements have come under scrutiny. In February, for example, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hit CVS Pharmacy with a lawsuit, citing that its severance agreement …

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EPLI: How Telecommuting Can Impact Employment Law

EPLI How Telecommuting Can Impact Employment LawSixth Circuit in EEOC-Ford Moto Co. Case Rules Telecommuting May be A Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

Technology has changed the way we now work. We’re connected to our smart phones and tablets throughout the day, able to respond to client and employer requests immediately no matter we are. Services such as Go To Meeting and Skype allow us to hold conferences with people located all over the country …

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