Tag Archives: Employment Practices Liability

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: EEOC Takes On Gender Pay Gap with New Proposed Rule

Employment Practices EEOC Takes On Gender Pay Gap with New Proposed RuleLast month, the Obama Administration called for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to begin gathering data from federal contractors and other employers with 100 or more workers on pay based on gender, race and ethnicity. The data will be used to identify employers that may be engaging in pay discrimination so that the EEOC can target its enforcement resources where problems may be likeliest to exist. The plan, which …

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Workplace Harassment: A Major Employment Practices Problem

Employment Practices Liability Insurance Provides Cover for Workplace HarassmentEmployment Practices Liability Insurance Provides Cover for Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment is approximately 30% of all charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As a result, the agency is working to leverage its resources to have a greater impact on this persistent employment practices problem. This translates to identifying underlying problems in workplaces and industries where the EEOC sees recurring patterns of harassment, developing strategies focused on …

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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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Employment Practices: How to Prevent Workplace Discrimination Suits

Employment Practices How to Prevent Workplace Discrimination SuitsEmployment Practices: How to Prevent Workplace Discrimination Suits

In 2012, seven employees out of 15 terminated at a firm in Texas were over the age of 50 and replaced by younger, less experienced workers in some cases. The company claimed this was part of its overall restructuring after a new CEO stepped in. The terminated employees viewed the firing differently, and have a filed an age discrimination case against their …

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Effective Employment Practices Include Addressing Third-Party Conduct

Effective Employment Practices Include Addressing Third-Party ConductRecent EEOC Settlement Reinforces Employers’ Responsibility to Protect Employees from Third-Party Harassment

Your company implements Best Practices with ongoing training as part of your HR policy in an effort to foster a culture of inclusion and mitigate risk regarding discrimination, sexual harassment and other employment practices that could result in allegations that land you in court. But it’s not only your employees’ conduct that you need to consider, particularly when …

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Employment Practices Liability: AMA Classifies Obesity as a Disease

Employment Practices Liability AMA Classifies Obesity as a DiseaseEmployment Practices Liability: Will We Be Seeing More Lawsuits Filed under the ADA?

In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) made news when at their annual meeting the organization officially recognized and classified obesity as a disease instead of a condition. According to Dr. Patrice Harris, a member of the association’s board, “Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue.” She …

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Employment Practices Liability: How Will the DOMA Decision Affect Employment Law, Benefits?

Employment Practices Liability: How Will the DOMA Decision Affect Employment Law, Benefits?Employment Practices Liability: After Supreme Court Ruling, Employers Look for Guidance

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 landmark decision in late June struck down DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, as unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment. DOMA, signed by former President Bill Clinton in 1996, barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states, and prevented these couples from receiving hundreds of benefits available …

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Employment Practices: Law Prohibits Discrimination Against The Jobless

Employment Practices Law Prohibits Discrimination Against The JoblessThe Unemployed Becomes A Protected Class Against Employment Discrimination with NYC Law

The city of New York has recently enacted a law that will prohibit employers from discriminating against the unemployed in their hiring practices. This law will become effective July 11, 2013, and follows other jurisdictions, such as New Jersey, District of Columbia and Ohio, with another 18 states looking to amend their laws. In fact, New Jersey became …

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