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► 5th Circuit: One Racial Slur Is Enough to Win Lawsuit

June 13, 2022

After years of dithering, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Texas) recently decided a single racial slur (one in particular) standing alone can create an unlawful hostile work environment entitling the employee to mental anguish and punitive damages and an award of fees to the ...

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► New DOL Guidance About Employer Retaliation

June 10, 2022

Retaliation continues to be at the top of the federal government’s priority list. In March 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new field assistance bulletin titled  Protecting Workers from Retaliation , which addresses worker protections from retaliation under laws ...

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► Whose Problem is Customer Harassment?

May 24, 2022

What business doesn't value its customers? After all, the customer is always right. The trouble is, customers are people, too, and people come with a variety of biases and bad behavior that can create issues for employers. In other words, racist, sexist, or discriminatory customers can ...

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► DOL Again Looks to Hike FLSA Salary Threshold

May 20, 2022

In September 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) expanded the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime coverage to more than one million workers. In response, employers everywhere readied themselves for a potentially seismic shift. Calls to legal counsel, workforce audits, and wage ...

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► FAQ: How Do We Handle Talking Politics at Work?

May 18, 2022

Question: How do you handle politics in the workplace? We’ve had an employee post campaign stickers and another employee taking them down. Answer: Employers have the responsibility to enforce workplace rules, promote cooperation, insist on civility and respect, and, most of ...

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► For a Resilient Remote Workforce, Data Security is Essential

May 17, 2022

Recently, Pew Research Center revealed that 59% of U.S. workers say their jobs can be done from home and they are working from home all or most of the time. As we inch closer to post-pandemic recovery, it is evident that remote work, to some degree, is here to stay. While remote and hybrid ...

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► Two Deadlines Approaching for Federal Contractors

May 13, 2022

Two deadlines for federal reports and certifications are quickly approaching. Read on to learn whether you’re covered and what you must do to stay in compliance. 2021 EEO-1 Report In early April 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the opening of the ...

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► NLRB Continues Administration's Union-Boosting Efforts

May 10, 2022

A new memo from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel (GC) represents a continuation of efforts to promote unionization, according to attorneys who help guide employers through union campaigns. NLRB GC Jennifer Abruzzo on April 27 announced an initiative aimed at promoting ...

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► Employers Must Conduct Individualized Assessment Under ADA

May 6, 2022

A recent decision from the Southern District of Ohio highlights the importance of conducting an individualized assessment before taking adverse action against an individual who takes opioids. Facts Raymond Hartmann interviewed with William Russell, a production manager at Graham Packaging ...

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► Managing Security in the Age of "The Big Quit"

April 22, 2022

COVID-19 has changed work more than any event in modern history. At the onset of 2020, unemployment was at an all-time high , as businesses were forced to trim their teams or, in more extreme cases, shutter entirely. Now, nearly 2 years later, we’re facing another form of unemployment, but ...

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