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Feb 14, 2018

EEOC Announces Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced yesterday that it unanimously approved its Strategic Plan for 2018-2022. A link to the EEOC’s press release discussing the Strategic Plan can be found here.  As reported by the EEOC, the Strategic Plan is the result of a collaborative effort among EEOC staff in Washington D.C. and nationally, and also considered “public and stakeholder comments” solicited by the EEOC. … Read More

Feb 05, 2018

EEOC Announces Annual Enforcement and Litigation Statistics

Each year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission releases a compilation of its data collected from the prior fiscal year.  At the end of January, the EEOC published its enforcement and litigation data for the 2017 fiscal year that ended September 30, 2017.  A link to the index for this data can be found here.

The statistics reflect that nationally, 84,254 workplace discrimination charges were filed with the EEOC for this reporting period. … Read More

Feb 01, 2018

Preventing Harassment in the Workplace

With harassment in the workplace being at the top of the hot topics list lately, we thought we would remind everyone of some tips for preventing harassment in the workplace. As Pat Collins recently told NJ Business Magazine, a truly healthy workplace culture is extremely important as being the best deterrent for reprehensible behavior. Pat also suggests starting with the human resources department to write an anti-harassment policy and making sure the language within it is conversational and as non-legalese as possible.… Read More

Jan 16, 2018

Convenience Stores Beware: Immigration Is Coming. What Do You Do?

Last week over 100 7-Eleven Stores across the United States were raided by Immigration agents in what is being called “the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency” —and a slowdown is nowhere in sight.  Immigration officials have promised that all employers will be subject to immigration compliance actions—regardless of size.  One mistake—however minimal—can have devastating consequences on the employer, not the employee: millions in fines, loss of federal grants and contracts, forced SEC reporting, loss of franchisee agreements, franchisor sanctions, to years in prison.  … Read More

Jan 11, 2018

Harassment Stops With You

As we are sure you are all aware, the issue of harassment in the workplace has dominated the headlines for the past two months.  It seems like every day a new story is published with respect to allegations of workplace harassment.  #Metoo has become a social media and cultural phenomenon.  Every day, more and more employees are coming forward to share their stories to draw attention to the issue of workplace harassment. … Read More

Jan 09, 2018

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination Expanded To Include Breastfeeding As A Protected Class

In March 2010, the Fair Labor Standards Act was amended to require employers to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth.”  Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is sheltered from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used to express breast milk.”  This amendment does not apply to employers with fewer than 50 employees who can show that compliance with the law would cause an undue hardship.… Read More

Dec 15, 2017

Santa’s Naughty List Continues to Grow

Well, the sun came up again today and, naturally, we woke up to more headlines involving sexual harassment in the workplace.  This time, three on-air commentators from the NFL Network have been suspended due to allegations of sexual harassment by a former co-worker, Jami Cantor.  In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the former wardrobe stylist at the NFL Network alleged that she was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment.  … Read More

Dec 05, 2017

Healthcare, Hospitals, and Immigration: The Need to Access the Global Medical Professional Workforce with Ease

Every healthcare organization has two essential requirements: (1) continuous access to qualified talent; and (2) continuous access to significant numbers of that talent.  Hospitals clearly need a lot of employees.  To meet these demands, today, more than ever, hospitals and other healthcare providers call on international medical graduates, international students educated in medicine in the United States, global researchers in every practice of medicine, and world-renowned specialists in countless professions.… Read More

Nov 30, 2017

The Do’s and Don’ts of Company Holiday Parties

With the holiday season in full swing, we thought we would remind everyone about the “do’s and don’ts of company holiday parties.”  Here is an article published in NJ Business Magazine in which our own Pat Collins provides insight on some of the things that employers must be aware of when hosting the office party.  Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!… Read More

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