Posts in Category: Best 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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Workplace hotlines in the era of Fox News 

by Laura Simmons

SafeAlert-Importance of Workplace Hotlines

In light of the recent events at Fox News, is your company providing and properly maintaining a hotline for employees to call and report harassment, discrimination or other workplace issues? Why would a company pay to provide a hotline and not publicize it to employees? Also, if they knew about it, why wouldn’t employees use this resource?

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Be aware of liability when serving alcohol at company-sponsored functions 

With summer in full swing, many companies are planning group outings with alcoholic beverages being provided by the company. Business owners and managers should recognize that there is a legal liability associated with providing alcohol at these types of events that is not entirely unlike the risks borne by your local tavern owner.

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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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