Expedited Review of Proposed Reduction in Force (RIF)

Reduction in force checklists are plentiful, but what happens if you have some concerns and are under pressure to produce your proposed plan for Board approval with two weeks? While standard checklists are useful, you need to check in with your employment attorney to address your concerns and make sure the RIF you implement will not […]

How In-House Mediation Works & How It Can Improve Your Workplace

Mediation is a confidential process where a trained and experienced neutral helps parties to resolve a dispute. Often, the end goal of mediation is a settlement agreement where the parties come up with their own settlement terms. That does not mean that only legal claims can be mediated. Whenever there is a dispute, parties can […]

Gender Transitions in the Workplace

Employer obligations to employees that are considering and undergoing gender transition surgery are unclear. No federal employment law explicitly prohibits discrimination against transgender employees, but, some courts, including the Eleventh Circuit, have interpreted Title VII to prohibit such discrimination. See E.E.O.C. v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. 884 F.3d 560 (6th Cir. 2018); […]

The Importance of Environmental Scans: Ensuring Compliance with Compensation Laws

Environmental scans can help you ensure that your company’s pay structure complies with federal and state compensation laws. Key federal compensation laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”). The FLSA is a broad compensation statute establishing minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards for full-time and […]

The Importance of Environmental Scans: Avoiding Claims of Systemic Discrimination

Environmental scans can help companies anticipate potential systemic discrimination claims before a lawsuit is filed. While most employment discrimination suits involve individual plaintiffs, this is not always the case. An alternate form of liability to which companies may be subjected is a systemic discrimination claim. See 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-6. Systemic discrimination claims argue that […]

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The Importance of Environmental Scans: What is an Environmental Scan?

Environmental scans are a great way to maximize your company’s potential. An environmental scan is the gathering, use, and monitoring of the company’s environment, internal and external, to detect potential threats. Environmental scans cover everything from casual discussions to formal programs of market research and organizational planning. Environmental scans maximize a company’s potential by allowing […]

California Takes Steps to Push Gender Equality in the Board Room

Beginning on December 31, 2019, companies with principal executive offices (based on the corporation’s SEC 10-K filing) located in California will be required to have at least one (1) female on their board of directors. See S.B. 826 (Ca. 2018). California is the first state to enact such a measure, although, other countries, such as […]

Need a Religious Accommodation Request Form for Your Employees?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) requires employers to reasonably accommodate an individual’s religious practices or beliefs, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship on the employer’s business operations. The employer should complete a religious accommodation request formand provide it to the employee after the employer has engaged in an […]

Separation Notices

In Georgia, when the employment relationship ends, employers are required to provide departing employees with a separation notice.  Separation notices must be provided if an employee is fired, laid off, or quits. The notice is a one-page form document, DOL Form 800, available on the Georgia Department of Labor (“DOL”) website (https://dol.georgia.gov/documents/separation-notice-individual-dol-800). The employer must […]