US DOJ Rescinds Guidance Documents Regarding Disability

On December 21, 2017, Attorney General of the US Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions, announced the rescission of 25 agency guidance documents on the basis that he considers them unnecessary, inconsistent, and improper.  Many of the newly rescinded documents relate to guidance regarding disability issues.  It is expected that the DOJ will continue to rescind… Continue reading US DOJ Rescinds Guidance Documents Regarding Disability

Washington Sick Leave for Oregon Employers

Washington’s paid sick leave law goes into effect on January 1, 2018.  The law differs from Oregon’s paid sick leave law in a number of ways, most significantly: (i) the law does not apply to exempt executive, administrative or professional employees or to outside sales people (as defined by Washington law); and (ii) there is… Continue reading Washington Sick Leave for Oregon Employers

Harassment Training – Does it Work?

Last week, we posted about the EEOC’s suggested best practices for avoiding harassment.  A recent article in the NY Times provides additional insight into harassment training and suggests that traditional training – lectures, PowerPoint presentations, videos – does not effectively stop harassment in the workplace.  These approaches can educate about legal terms, and inform employees… Continue reading Harassment Training – Does it Work?

Best Practices for Preventing Harassment

Last year the EEOC issued Recommendations Regarding Harassment Prevention Policies and Procedures. Here are a few of the most important takeaways in the EEOC report: Employers should adopt and maintain a comprehensive anti-harassment policy (which prohibits harassment based on any protected characteristic, and which includes social media considerations). Employers should ensure that the anti-harassment policy,… Continue reading Best Practices for Preventing Harassment

Survey Shows Significant Increase in Corporate Equality Policies for LGBTQ Workers

The 2018 Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation found a significant increase in the number of major U.S. companies establishing policies and practices to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workers.  These policies and practices include nondiscrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organization competency and accountability concerning LGBTQ diversity and… Continue reading Survey Shows Significant Increase in Corporate Equality Policies for LGBTQ Workers