Read time: 10 minutes Beginning January 1, 2020, bars and restaurants operating in Illinois will be required to comply with new requirements and responsibilities. These requirements are part of the over-arching SB 75, signed in 2019 by Governor Pritzker. Every bar and restaurant must have a sexual harassment policy Every bar and restaurant must…
California continues its trend of championing social justice issues by making human trafficking training a legal requirement for employees in certain industries. The Golden State’s convenient access to international borders often leads to forced labor, commercial sex and other forms of exploitation. Two new California laws are designed to increase awareness and reporting and target…
Sexual harassment investigation procedure includes policies related to the proper handling of sexual harassment complaints, investigating sexual harassment claims, and evaluating appropriate disciplinary measures when it has been determined there are violations. My ability to conduct sexual harassment training comes from twelve years of experience conducting workplace investigations. This includes complaints of sexual harassment, hostile work…
On September 15th, 2016 California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that established protection against harassment and sexual violence for custodial staff in the workplace. With janitors staging a hunger strike outside the state Capitol to support the bill that would increase workplace protection against sexual harassment and sexual assault, Gov. Jerry Brown…
Facebook gaffes that can cause trouble in the workplace aren’t unique to drunken college students anymore. As more companies and their workers tap into the world of blogs, Twitter and Facebook, employers are tripping over legal potholes in social media.
Next week a National Labor Relations Board judge will consider whether a medical-transportation company illegally fired a worker after she criticized her boss on Facebook, in the federal agency’s first complaint linked to social media.
In another case, workers sued a restaurant company when they were dismissed after managers accessed a private Myspace page the employees set up to chat about work.
Office Bullying-We’re All Just Big Kids
Office bullying is an extension of childhood bullying experienced by many of us. It may involve actual abusive behavior and/or language or may have manifest itself in milder forms such as excessive work delegation to the same party. The perpetrators of office bullying may be childhood bullies or childhood victims-turned-bullies with the leverage of having a title within the office. Whatever the case, no justification should be tolerated for their behavior.
A new Senate Bill was passed this week that focuses specifically on sexual harassment prevention in the farm worker community. Senator Bill Monning sponsored Senate Bill 1087, which will now require sexual harassment training for farm supervisors, employees and labor contractors. In addition, the bill will deny licenses to farm labor contractors that have been found to have committed sexual harassment within the past 3 years. According to Senator Monning, the need for the bill stems from frequent sexual harassment and sexual assault, including rape, which occurs within the farm worker population.
Workplace conflicts arise for numerous reasons, which can be hard to predict. In many cases, disruptions on the job are due to one-sided campaigns of intimidation, carried out against innocent victims. From amorous advances to discriminatory behavior, on the job harassment is a widespread issue facing employers of all sizes.
Workplace jealousy and envy are the root causes in some cases, prompting employees to act-out in inappropriate ways toward associates by which they feel threatened. Unfortunately, jealous employees exact their toll on other workers, leading to various forms of workplace harassment.
When many people think of sexual harassment in the workplace they immediately assume it is a woman being harassed by a man. Recently it has come to light that many men are also being harassed in the workplace by other men. While the vast majority of cases are women being harassed by men, it has become increasingly common for there to be cases filed with women harassing men, and men harassing men.
In this article from Howard Law PC , there is a detailed discussion of recent cases of male to male sexual harassment. Here are some excerpts from the article:
“In a recent blog, our Souuthern California Labor and Employment Attorneys reported on the growing number of male sexual harassment charges filed with state and federal agencies across the country. Our lawyers discussed the lawsuit involving six male employees at a Phoenix Cheesecake Factory who endured repeated and severe sexual assaults by a group of male kitchen workers.”
A large building-maintenance company will pay $5.8 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the government involving 21 Hispanic female workers who had to endure everything from explicit sexual comments to rape.
Sometimes it seems uncanny that people have knowledge of information only shared in a private conversation, or in an email or specific data recently presented in a closed meeting. Confidentiality in the workplace is something we often take for granted.
It’s especially daunting when the private communication was with those you trust unconditionally. You must then wonder whether your communication was bugged.
With all the current news about heroin addiction on the rise and over-the-counter drug abuse to the growing and serious addiction to opiates, an employer should really be concerned today that their workforce, now more than ever, is drug free! It’s an obligation not a choice.
From small New England townships to San Diego’s DEA agents, heroin is on the rise with younger users and the cost is minimal from $8.00 a dose and a typical user maybe at 10 doses a day, a dealer can be texted and a delivery will be on its way.