Welcome to the fourth quarter edition of SuperVision, the quarterly e-newsletter published by Spilman's Labor & Employment Group.
With the recent headlines dominated by stories of individuals coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment against numerous celebrities from all walks of life, businesses need a renewed focus on internal policies and procedures regarding preventing and addressing claims of harassment. With each new allegation, there will be an ever-growing expectation that harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated. In addition to the liability companies (and possibly individuals) could face, these stories are becoming more public, and allegations of harassment in the workplace is publicity no company wants. Mitch Rhein and Sarah Kowalkowski examine five strategies to improve existing policies and practices. In doing so, keep in mind that we here at Spilman can assist by:
- Reviewing and editing policies to make sure they are effective
- Designing any employee surveys
- Conducting on-site training for supervisors and/or employees
- Preparing on-boarding information, including video and electronic presentations for all employees on the first day of employment
Elsewhere in this edition, claims of public accommodation discrimination under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act based on business websites are on the rise everywhere. Carrie Harris explains what one should be on the lookout for and how to protect oneself.
The National Labor Relations Board reversed precedent on two important issues (joint employer status and how handbook policies will be reviewed) just weeks after the new General Counsel presaged those changes in a formal memorandum. Pete Rich explains those changes.
And Chelsea Thompson describes best practices in handling requests for religious accommodations with vaccinations (especially the flu shot).
We look forward to partnering with you during 2018 and addressing all of your labor and employment law needs, and we look forward to seeing you at one of our SuperVision symposia next year. Plans already are underway for next year's symposia, so be on the lookout for more details in the near future.
Eric Iskra, Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group