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Yes, Using the B-Word Could Create a Hostile Work Environment Based on Sex
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the repeated use of gender specific epithets (e.g. “b*tch”) against a female employee could constitute unlawful harassment because of sex. In Ochs v.
Mistake a Legitimate Reason for Adverse Employment Action
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii recently dismissed racial discrimination claims against the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (“DHS”), holding that a supervisor’s mistake was a
When Religious Beliefs Conflict With Anti-Harassment Policies
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Recently, much focus has been placed on the importance of implementing effective diversity, inclusion, and anti-harassment policies. But what happens when an employee’s religious beliefs conflict with these policies?
Court Dismisses Harassment Claim, Allows Retaliation Claim to Proceed
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
In Scott v. ManTech International Corporation, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii dismissed a hostile work environment harassment claim, but allowed a claim for retaliation to proceed based on actions taken
The Hair Kiss – Biden as an Opportunity for Discussion
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Former Vice President and 2020 Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has been in the news recently after multiple women accused him of unwelcomed touching, including kissing the backs of their heads, smelling their hair, and
EEOC Updates: Increased Penalties, FY 2018 Enforcement Data, EEO-1 Data Collection
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
EEOC Increases Monetary Penalty On March 21, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published a final rule, adjusting its civil monetary penalty for violations of the notice-posting requirements in
9th Circuit: Salvation Army Can Discriminate Based on Religion and End Interactive Process
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a published decision, held: (1) Title VII’s religious organization exemption barred retaliation and hostile work environment claims against the Salvation Army because they were
Keep April Fools’ Day Friendly and Safe
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
April Fools’ Day is coming up. Typically a day for practical jokes, employers need to make sure employees abide by company policies and do not cross any lines. Being able to joke around with coworkers may be an
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Wage and Hour Update

There have been many significant changes going on at the U.S. Department of Labor. This article discusses two proposed rules for which employers must be prepared, which will (1) increase the salary level thresholds for determining an exempt employee and (2) change the regular rate of pay calculation for overtime.

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