1. Russ Ebersole, General Manager for King Cole Audio Visual Service, shares some advice for small employers on keeping up and complying with employment laws in the current environment.

    This is a "Tip of the Week" segment from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 109: Week of March 19, 2018), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. youtu.be/f779WDN3OWg

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    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

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  2. New York City introduces #MeToo legislation. The City Council has introduced a package of bills modifying sexual harassment laws. One bill would require private employers with at least 15 employees to implement annual sexual harassment training. The laws could add significant and costly requirements, particularly for smaller businesses. Ian Carleton Schaefer, from Epstein Becker Green, has more.

    This is an extended interview from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 109: Week of March 19, 2018), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. youtu.be/f779WDN3OWg

    Visit EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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    (1) NYC Introduces Expanded Sexual Harassment Legislation

    Our top story: New York City introduces #MeToo legislation. The City Council has introduced a package of bills modifying sexual harassment laws. One bill would require private employers with at least 15 employees to implement annual sexual harassment training. The laws could add significant and costly requirements, particularly for smaller businesses. Ian Carleton Schaefer, from Epstein Becker Green, has more.

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    (2) Sixth Circuit: Title VII Covers Gender Identity

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rules that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) covers gender identity. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) sued a Michigan funeral home for firing its director after learning that she planned to transition from male to female. The employer claimed protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The federal district court agreed, but a panel for the Sixth Circuit found that firing the plaintiff due to her transgender status was unlawful discrimination on the basis of her sex. The court also held that enforcing Title VII did not "substantially" burden the employer’s religious exercise. This is the second federal appellate court in recent weeks to have sided with the EEOC’s interpretation of “sex” under Title VII.

    For more, click here: http://bit.ly/2pl1IyT

    (3) Nurse Can Pursue False Claims Act Suit

    The Sixth Circuit ruled that a nurse who claims that she quit her job rather than participate in fraud can proceed with her False Claims Act lawsuit alleging constructive discharge. The district court dismissed her suit, holding that such a claim requires the employer to have a “specific intention” to cause the employee to quit. The Sixth Circuit reversed and concluded that an employer’s intent can support a constructive discharge claim if it can reasonably foresee that the plaintiff might be forced to resign as a consequence of its actions.

    (4) DOJ Sues Wisconsin County for Flu Shot Policy

    A nursing assistant got sick over a county flu shot policy. An employee at a Wisconsin county nursing home claims that she was forced to get a flu shot despite her religious objections. The county policy required a written statement from a clergy member in order to get a religious exemption. The employee was not affiliated with a church and provided a letter she'd written herself. She was forced to get the shot to avoid termination. After she filed an EEOC complaint, the agency referred the case to the Justice Department, which has now filed a Title VII suit claiming that the county’s policy fails to reasonably accommodate religious beliefs.

    (5) Tip of the Week

    Russ Ebersole, General Manager for King Cole Audio Visual Service, shares some advice for small employers on keeping up and complying with employment laws in the current environment:

    “In 2017, countless new employment laws were enacted in New York State, California, Illinois, and many other jurisdictions. These include wage and hour, family leave and sick time policies, scheduling requirements, tax levies, and more. Small businesses are not exempt, and keeping abreast of these changes can be a daunting task. We must become familiar with these laws of regulations, and we must also develop policies and procedures for proper implementation. Failure to comply can be costly. So, how do we stay on top of it all? Review the advisories and other resources sent by outside counsel, like Epstein Becker & Green. Seek additional resources, such as state and local government websites. Sign up for their mailing list so you receive timely updates directly from the source. For example, Governor Cuomo's office releases many of these advisories in New York.”

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    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  4. Ann Rhoades, President of Peopleink, has some advice on best practices for building a values-based organization.

    This is a "Tip of the Week" segment from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 108: Week of March 12, 2018), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. youtu.be/LUitK-bEJc8

    Visit EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

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  5. Federal #MeToo legislation aimed at public companies is introduced in Congress. The Sunlight in Workplace Harassment Act, introduced in both the House and the Senate in February, would require public companies to report information related to harassment and discrimination settlements and complaints in their SEC filings. Reports would have to include the number and dollar amount of settlements, the average length of time that it takes to resolve complaints, and the total number of harassment and discrimination complaints. In addition, the bill would require information about an employer’s efforts to prevent future acts of unlawful harassment, discrimination, or sexual abuse. Beth McManus, from Epstein Becker Green, has more.

    This is an extended interview from Employment Law This Week® (Episode 108: Week of March 12, 2018), an online series by Epstein Becker Green. youtu.be/LUitK-bEJc8

    Visit EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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