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NJ Senate Advances Ban on Sex Harassment Confidentiality Agreements – Employment Law This Week

Featured on Employment Law This Week:  NJ Senate Advances Ban on Sex Harassment Confidentiality Agreements.

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Vermont Enacts Sweeping Sexual Harassment Prevention Law

On May 30, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed bill H.707, titled “An Act Relating to the Prevention of Sexual Harassment” (the “Act”). Effect on July 1, 2018, the Act provides expansive protections for employees and prospective employees, as well as some groundbreaking employer obligations and potential penalties for violations of the law.

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Washington Prohibits Nondisclosure Agreements Related to Sexual Harassment or Assault

On March 21, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed bill SB 5996 (the “Law”), which prohibits employers from requiring as a condition of employment that employees sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from discussing workplace sexual harassment or sexual assault. The Law goes into effect on June 7, 2018.

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New York City Council Proposes Laws to Mandate Sex Harassment Training and Expand Sex Harassment Protections under the Human Rights Law

On March 7, 2018 the New York City Council formally introduced “The Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act,” a package of 11 bills, aimed at strengthening protections against, and remedies for, sexual harassment in the workplace. As discussed below, four of these bills, if enacted, would significantly expand the obligations of many employers to prevent sexual harassment and would increase all private NYC employers’ vulnerability to sexual harassment claims.

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You and your Rights – Sexual Harassment in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

We have seen a great debate unfold in the United States over the last few months as to the rights of working women on the job. The movement is not gender specific nor is it limited to the dominant campaign which has been led by American women. The movement was started by Alyssa Milano, the “Charmed “actress. She fashioned the hash tag metoo and since, it has become a social media sensation. The purpose of the hash tag was to inform the public how pervasive the problem  of sexual harassment is .Today it is a platform for working men and women  to tell their stories of sexual violation and harassment in the workplace. Started by an actress, the # Metoo movement raises very important issues as to workplace safety and the rights of working women and men to work in a “sexual harassment free “environment. It has been characterized as a campaign which was started to expose the alleged sexual abuses of Hollywood powerful media mogul Harvey Weinstein. It has now morphed into a “heat seeking missile” exposing serial sexual abuse in the workplace. Since the Weinstein story broke the United States has witnessed an explosion of similar complaints across America. What about the Bahamas..?

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Male bosses avoid being alone with women at work

The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace is very much in the news, following recent revelations about the mistreatment of women (in particular) in Hollywood, and now in the world of politics.

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Guide Published to Assist in The Development of Effective Anti-Harassment Programs

Our colleagues , at Epstein Becker Green, have a post on the Health Employment and Labor blog that will be of interest to many of our readers in the technology industry: “DFEH Publishes Materials to Assist Employers With Handling Harassment Allegations.”

Following is an excerpt:

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently released a brief, nine-page guide for California employers, which was prepared in conjunction with the California Sexual Harassment Task Force. This guide is intended to assist employers in developing an effective anti-harassment program, including information about how to properly investigate reports of harassment and understand what recourse is available. The guide addresses all forms of workplace harassment, including harassment based on sex. …

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DFEH Publishes Materials to Assist Employers With Handling Harassment Allegations

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently released a brief, nine-page guide for California employers, which was prepared in conjunction with the California Sexual Harassment Task Force.  This guide is intended to assist employers in developing an effective anti-harassment program, including information about how to properly investigate reports of harassment and understand what recourse is available.  The guide addresses all forms of workplace harassment, including harassment based on sex.

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HR Director Wins Sexual Harassment Tribunal Case

An employment tribunal has awarded over £800,000 in compensation to a woman who claimed she was sexually harassed by a colleague while employed by an NHS Trust in England, reports the BBC.

Helen Marks worked as HR director for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and was good friends with the chairman of the Trust. However, he wanted a more intimate relationship and when she rejected his advances he reportedly convinced the Trust’s chief executive to suspend Mrs Marks over allegations that she had bullied staff.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Sexual Harassment Law

On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued rulings in Vance v. Ball State University that provide valuable clarity in determining who will be considered a “supervisor” for purposes of harassment claims. The Court held that an employee may be considered a “supervisor” only when the employer has empowered the employee to take […]

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