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Does My Business Need an Employee Handbook?

Posted in Harassment, Workplace Policies
While your business is not required to have an employee handbook, handbooks do offer many legal and non-legal benefits. A well-drafted and regularly updated employee handbook can provide employees and their supervisors with the “rules of the road.” A handbook with clear rules can help ensure that employees are treated fairly and consistently across different… Continue Reading

New Tax Act Bars Deductions for Settlements Related to Certain Sexual Harassment Claims

Posted in Harassment
The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) has been touted as the largest tax reform since 1986. Among its many provisions, the Act adds a new section to the Internal Revenue Code (Section 162(q)) targeting confidentiality agreements in sexual harassment cases. The new section is in response to a realization, in the… Continue Reading

Confidentiality and Sexual Harassment Claims – Will New Laws Limit Settlement Agreement Language?

Posted in General Labor and Employment News and Updates, Harassment
  In the recent wave of sexual harassment cases against public figures, it has come to light that women were paid large sums of money to keep their harassment allegations private, thus allowing their harassers to continue their inappropriate behavior.  Prominent recent examples of harassers protected by confidentiality clauses include Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, and… Continue Reading

What #MeToo Means for Employers: Workplace Harassment in the Age of Awareness

Posted in Civil Rights, Discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Harassment, Retaliation, Social Media, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Workplace Investigations, Workplace Policies
This past Sunday, actress Alyssa Milano posted the following message on Twitter: Me too. Suggested by a friend: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ As a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Since Ms. Milano’s original tweet, the hashtag #MeToo… Continue Reading