Posts in Category: Employment Practices

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#MeToo and You--The Movement's Impact in the Workplace 

by Laura Simmons, Esq., HR Director and EPLI Claims Manager, ABA Insurance Services

The public has witnessed powerful men in the entertainment industry being taken down by allegations of harassment. The resulting #MeToo and #TimesUp movements demonstrate that women are no longer willing to tolerate or ignore sexual harassment. Employers should use these events in the news to improve their culture, review their policies, and ensure that they provide a harassment-free workplace for everyone

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Social Media and The Workplace 

co-written by Marquerite Irefin and Jennifer H. Gorman, Esq., ABA Insurance Services

With social media everywhere, employers face unique challenges when it comes to their employees’ use and conduct. Not surprisingly, employees have been known to share information about their employers, including negative statements and damaging information, sometimes hurting the employer’s reputation; however, challenging employee social media posts can be tricky, difficult and potentially illegal.

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Transgender in the workplace 

Given the EEOCs heighten focus on transgender issues and the increase in administrative claims, an influx of private lawsuits is sure to follow. It is important to have an anti-discrimination/harassment policy that includes gender identity and sexual orientation in conjunction with an EPL policy to mitigate exposure in a claim.

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Fleet-footed investigations and prompt remedial action: the new normal 

The following article by Philip Storm, Earl M. (Chip) Jones, III and Greg Keating is reprinted with permission from Littler Mendelson

Whistleblowing has really become a hot issue. In March 2015, the SEC issued a half million dollar bounty award to a whistleblower, serving as a huge reminder to employers–including community banks–to have protocols in place to investigate and respond to internal complaints and concerns. The national law firm of Littler Mendelson, experts in employment and labor laws, shares some insight to effectively address internal concerns to prevent (potentially embarrassing) escalations of situations.

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Steps to encourage a harassment-free work environment 

Workplace harassment takes on many forms, making it difficult to tell the difference between normal office banter and offensive or unlawful behavior. Most of us agree that we want our workplace to have a friendly and enjoyable environment. There are some practical steps a business owner or manager can take to encourage a harassment-free environment and protect the company from claims and lawsuits.

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The importance of a company employee handbook 

As a business owner, you want to avoid distractions that keep you from growing your business. Creating a document—more specifically an employee handbook—upon which to build and foster relationships amongst employees, managers and owners can be one of your most important first steps to creating a thriving business.

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