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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

New York Harassment Law Is a Game Changer

Last year, when I wrote about the new laws that had been passed by the New York State Assembly to combat sexual harassment, I was largely complimentary. After all, requiring employers to provide interactive training in harassment training was something that I had been recommending since I became an employment lawyer many years ago. While I was more ambivalent about some of the other provisions (prohibiting certain non-disclosure provisions and arbitration agreements), the basic principles of sexual harassment law remained the same.

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  • 26
  • March
  • 2019

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The Consequences of Elections: Are Texas Courts Becoming More Employee Friendly?

Texas is still a long way from becoming California when it comes to employment law, and no one expects the Republican dominated Texas legislature to follow the recent trend of other state legislatures (e.g., New York, Washington, Maryland) in restricting employers from arbitrating claims of sexual harassment. The employment laws that are likely to be passed by the current Texas legislature are laws undermining the rights of Texas municipalities (e.g., Austin) to require sick leave pay.

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Knowing Right From Wrong, From Hugs to Inappropriate Behavior: The International Impact of the #MeToo Movement

Many of us have found the descriptions of the behaviors exposed during the #MeToo movement to be a truly troubling comment on U.S. workplaces. At the same time, we are dealing with questions about where to draw, and how to define, the line between appropriate and inappropriate work behaviors and what the proper reaction should be when that line has been crossed.

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  • 06
  • September
  • 2018

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New York Issues Guidance on New Sexual Harassment Law’s Requirements

Earlier this year, I discussed New York State’s new sexual harassment law, which goes into effect on October 9, 2018. In anticipation of the law going into effect, the State posted drafts of a model sexual harassment policy, model complaint form and a model sexual harassment training program on its website last week to assist employers in complying with the new law.

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  • 30
  • August
  • 2018

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Screening Executive Applicants for “#MeToo” Problems

A few weeks ago in this blog, my colleague Martin Luff discussed how buyers of businesses are increasingly using “Weinstein reps” in corporate transactional agreements in order to ensure that they are not acquiring companies that might be especially vulnerable to harassment litigation which could result in a financial or reputational liability.

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