NY Launches Harassment Hotline

A few weeks ago, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the launch of a new toll-free confidential hotline for reporting sexual harassment at the workplace. The hotline, which will be administered by the New York State Department of Human Rights (NYSDHR), was authorized by legislation signed into law back in March. The hotline (1-800-HARASS-3) went…

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Other Calendar Notes

As we turn the calendar today July 1, 2022, are a number of employer obligations become effective around the country that employers need to be aware of. In Maryland, employers of 50 or more workers are required to submit a report to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights regarding any sexual harassment settlements they’ve entered…

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Windy City Changes

Aside from the increasing municipal and county minimum wages, Chicago recently amended its sexual harassment laws and introduced new requirements effective July 1, 2022 on all employers in the Windy City. The expanded policy requires employers to have a written policy on sexual harassment that includes the following: statement that sexual harassment is illegal in…

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Biden Signs Arbitration Ban into Law

As expected, President Biden last week signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021. The law, which went into effect immediately upon the President’s signature, amended the Federal Arbitration Act to prohibit mandatory arbitration in sexual assault and harassment cases, thereby allowing victims to bring their dispute…

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Congress Passes Arbitration Ban

Congress has passed legislation invalidating and rendering mandatory arbitration clauses unenforceable in cases relating sexual harassment or sexual assault disputes. With passage, the bill was sent to the White House where President Biden is expected to sign it into law. Once enacted, it will apply to “any dispute or claim that arises or accrues on…

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More Battles on the Union Front

In case the ongoing unionizing efforts in QSRs wasn’t enough, One Fair Wage, the union advocacy arm of the Restaurants Opportunities Center (ROC) United, has appealed a decision dismissing a lawsuit challenging the validity of the tipped minimum wage to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th District. In the One Fair Wage,…

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With an Eye on the Calendar

As we get ready to close out the summer months, there are a number of dates approaching where new laws – or changes to existing laws – will become effective that you need to be aware of. We’ve previously advised you that effective September 1, the sexual harassment laws in the state of Texas will…

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Other Changes to Note

Aside from minimum wage increases, the calendar is replete with different changes on a seemingly monthly basis that you need to be aware of. Among these, we would point out that a change in employment law took effect yesterday in the Commonwealth of Virginia imposing a requirement that most employers must now include information in…

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McDonald’s Sues Former CEO Easterbrook

McDonald’s announced Monday that it would sue to recover the severance and stock options that it granted to terminated CEO Steve Easterbrook in 2019.  At that time it concluded that he exercised bad judgement only in a relationship with an employee. Evidence later was uncovered that proved he lied and destroyed evidence of more sexual…

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Maryland Harassment Survey Due Wednesday

A survey by covered employers in Maryland is due in to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights by Wednesday of this week, July 1. The “Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act”, which became law almost 2 years ago on October 1, 2018, bans private arbitration settlements for sexual harassment but also imposed a strict…

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