U.S. Supreme Court Ruled Federal Anti-Bias Law Protects LGBTQ Workers

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Jun 23, 2020 11:21:32 AM

In a 6 to 3 vote on Monday, June 15, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workplace discrimination because of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity is unlawful discrimination “because of Sex” under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII is the federal employment law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex. The law applies to employers with 15 or more employees who worked for the employer for at least 20 weeks of the current or preceding calendar year. Employers may not refuse to hire, discharge, or otherwise discriminate against "any individual" with respect to his or her pay and terms and conditions of employment based on the individual's sex, according to the statute.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR policies

What Employers Need to Know About Pay Equity and Salary History Bans

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Jul 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Equal pay for equal work is a hot topic for employers in 2019, partly because social movements have brought attention to gender pay imbalances in the workplace.

One of the bigger pay equity stories making headlines is the lawsuit brought on by the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. The recent World Champions are asking for pay equal to the men’s team, which has the same responsibilities as the women’s team but fewer wins and less revenue. Chants of “equal pay” were heard at both the World Cup and the team’s recent victory parade in New York City.

Additionally, four women recently joined a major pay gap case against the Walt Disney Company, accusing the entertainment giant of gender discrimination at its Hollywood Records music label, its theme parks and other divisions. The complaint alleges that Disney routinely compensates women less than men, denies women promotions and classifies female employees in lower job titles that don’t match their qualifications.

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Topics: HR policies, wageandhour

HR Services: Tips for Avoiding Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

Posted by Nannette Madera, PHR on May 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In a competitive job market, it can be tempting to swoop up talented employees quickly, but failing to research a candidate’s background can result in what’s known as negligent hiring - and it can cost employers big. The costs of negligent hiring could come in the form of lawsuits, employee injuries or stolen money, not to mention the mark it could leave on an employer’s reputation. 

Research shows that more than half of those who apply for jobs include false information on their applications or resumes. Although some of those details may not harm the business, completing thorough research during the recruitment process is key to avoiding negligent hiring claims. Overall, states recognize negligent hiring as damaging to a business, its employees and its customers.

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Topics: HR policies

The Americans with Disabilities Act Definition for Employers

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 24, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Learning the Americans with Disabilities Act definition and navigating employment law is critical to avoiding legal woes. Many employers aren’t sure what these federal laws entail or whether they apply to their business, so we’re going to break down what you need to know.

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Topics: HR policies

What is a Pre-Employment Background Check?

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Apr 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A pre-employment background check is a step in the hiring process that a company uses to verify that a job candidate is who they claim to be. It also provides an opportunity for that person's criminal record, education, employment history and more to be reviewed. Most background checks can be completed between three days to one week. This is an important step that should not be overlooked during the hiring process after reviewing resumes, interviewing potential candidates and nailing down your list of finalists.

EEOC: What Employers Need to Know About Pre Employment Background Checks

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Topics: Hiring Employees, HR policies

Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 2

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to defending a workplace lawsuit, strong written policies with signed acknowledgements from your employees will go a long way. Another important element of being prepared is documenting employee problems and corrective actions. Even though it seems like common sense to fire an employee who repeatedly performs badly, you shouldn’t get too comfortable with “at will” employment. The doctrine (in most states) dictates an employer or employee can terminate employment at any time, with or without notice and with or without cause. If you follow this practice, you don’t even need a reason to let someone go, let alone documentation, but it won’t sit well with a judge and jury.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies

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