“Expand Your World” was the theme of the 70th annual conference and expo of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), which attracted nearly 20,000 attendees, the largest-ever gathering in the history of the conference. Workplace harassment, bias, pay equity, workplace incivility and the importance of culture were among the dozens of topics HR professionals from around the globe explored during the three-day event in Chicago.
Sending a clear message that preventing workplace harassment remains a priority, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced seven lawsuits against employers across the country, charging them with various forms of harassment.
In a press release, EEOC Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic said that recent high-profile allegations demonstrate how systematic harassment in the workplace affects individuals’ careers and livelihoods for years. “There are many consequences that flow from harassment not being addressed in our nation’s workplaces,” Lipnic said. “These suits filed by the EEOC around the country are a reminder that a federal enforcement action by the EEOC is potentially one of those consequences.”Read On
Nearly a year and a half before the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal exploded, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a report on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.
The report, which offered recommendations regarding training, policies and procedures, leadership, accountability and workplace culture, was the result of a Select Task Force comprising EEOC commissioners and representatives from academia and social science, labor and employment law and advocacy groups, who investigated the persistent problem of workplace harassment. Read On
Vermont has a new sexual harassment law aimed at providing employees – including volunteers, interns and independent contractors – with greater legal protection from workplace sexual harassment. Governor Phil Scott signed the bill H.707 into law on May 30. It goes into effect on July 1, 2018.Read On