New York Boosts Harassment Protections

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law legislation that expands protections against sexual harassment by eliminating the longtime legal standard of “severe and pervasive”. Historically, under the old legal standard, discriminatory or retaliatory harassment had the burden of proving that the alleged harassment was “severe and pervasive”, whereas now, harassment need only…

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SEIU, ACLU, Fight for $15 Sue McDonald’s

Some 23 individual complaints were filed this week against McDonalds alleging sexual harassment at some of its corporate and franchised stores. The majority of the claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and contend (again) that McDonald’s is a joint employer of the workers in their franchised locations and hence, equally re$pon$ible and…

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New York Sexual Harassment Training Required

Although Mayor de Blasio signed it into law almost a year ago, the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act became fully effective last week on April 1, 2019. The law mandates that employers with 15 or more employees (including independent contractors) in the prior calendar year must conduct anti-sexual harassment training on an annual basis…

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Sexual Harassment Update

With the nauseating spectacle of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings dominating the news this week, it seems like a perfect segue to remind those members and subscribers with interests in New York that the Empire State’s new mandated anti-sexual harassment training requirement becomes effective on October 9, 2018. By that date, employers within the state must…

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Sexual Harassment on Two Fronts

A couple of important dates are coming up relative to employer responsibilities regarding sexual harassment in New York over the next 2 months. First off in New York City, the Stop Sexual Harassment Act, a series of bills signed into law by Mayor de Blasio on May 9, requires all employers beginning on September 6,…

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Missouri Governor Signs Right to Work, Resigns

Hard to find the right category to put this one in, but former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed a right to work bill (HB.1413) into law in the “Show Me” state, then officially resigned as governor in the face of a long-simmering sex and corruption scandal. Greitens, who was a pro-business leader in Missouri, was…

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Vermont Enacts Sexual Harassment Law

In the wake of the #MeToo Movement, the state of Vermont has become one of the first states in the country to simplify the process for workers to remain with their employer or return to the company after settling a sexual harassment claim. Independent Governor Philip Scott signed the bill into law at the beginning…

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Competitor News

We know that Starbucks closed all their US stores this past Tuesday in order to host a 4 hour racial sensibility training program in the wake of the two men being arrested in Philadelphia for not making a purchase. As a result of that incident, Starbucks will now allow anyone to use their restrooms, whether…

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NYC Mandates Anti-Sexual Harassment Training

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday signed into law a package of 11 different bills targeting harassment and other workplace issues. The package, known as the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act”, includes a mandate for employers with 15 or more employees to conduct an anti-sexual harassment training program on an annual basis and…

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Only Days Away

The DDIFO Northeast Regional Meeting, with expert presentations on Keeping Your Business Free of Sexual Harassment and Tax Cuts & Jobs Act – Highlights and Planning Opportunities will take place next Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. These two most timely and informative presentations will feature experts in their respective areas: Lauren…

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