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BATTLING EMPLOYEE BURNOUT: QUIET QUITTING AND THE GREAT RESIGNATION

Amongst lip-syncing clips and influencer tutorials, the idea of “Quiet Quitting” has recently become a major trend across social media. Quiet Quitting, which is considered a rebellion against “hustle culture,” encourages employees to avoid going above and beyond for their employers and to stick to the bare minimum of their job duties. This trend arises […]

EEOC RELEASES UPDATED “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” POSTER

On October 20, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released a new “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” poster, replacing their “EEO is the Law” poster. The new poster includes several changes, including straightforward language and formatting, emphasizing harassment as a form of discrimination, clarifying the definition of sex discrimination, and providing equal […]

GENDER DYSPHORIA NOW PROTECTED UNDER ADA

While the issue of accommodating transgender people is not a new topic – think Orange is the New Black – on August 16, 2022, the Fourth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to consider whether gender dysphoria constitutes a disability under the ADA, and therefore requires reasonable accommodation. In Williams v. Kincaid, the Court […]

KEEPING UP WITH OCR’S RIGHT OF ACCESS INITIATIVE

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is cracking down on HIPAA Right of Access violations. After OCR announced the completion of three investigations in its HIPAA Right of Access Initiative, the total number of enforcement actions have risen to 20 this year alone, and 41 since the […]

HUMAN RESOURCE CONSULTING FROM GARDNER SKELTON

Speaking of our employment team, Gardner Skelton is excited to announce a new service that we believe will be extraordinarily helpful to our employer clients, while also much more moderately priced than attorney advice. Please meet our new team member, Alissa Graney. Alissa has joined our team as an HR Consultant focused on helping our […]

THE PITFALLS OF IGNORING A SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT

Step lively when an employee complains of sexual harassment, especially when your own policies require it. Less than urgent action could strip an employer of the very important “Faragher-Ellerth” defense, an essential component of which is that the employer exercised reasonable care to prevent and promptly correct harassing behavior. In a case out of a […]

EMPLOYING THE CLASS OF 2022: TIPS FOR HIRING “ZOOMERS”

Known as the “Zoomers,” “Gen Z,” and the “Class of COVID-19,” the members of the Class of 2022 have turned their tassels and are finally entering the workforce. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers plan to hire nearly 32% more college graduates in 2022 than in 2021. Additionally, the Bureau […]

HIPAA IN THE POST-DOBBS ERA: OCR GUIDANCE FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade, essentially ceding to individual states wholesale authority to regulate abortion. As a response, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Human Rights (OCR) issued new guidance regarding the application […]

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE ADA: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

On May 12, 2022, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (“EEOC”) published guidance for employers using computer-based tools for employment decisions in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). These tools may be used to screen applicant resumés, assess worker productivity, or determine pay and promotions, among other uses. Without certain safeguards, however, these tools […]

HHS ANNOUNCES AUDIO-ONLY TELEHEALTH IS ALLOWED UNDER HIPAA

In response to the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that its Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) would use discretion in enforcing certain provisions of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules for providers using audio–visual methods and platforms to provide healthcare services via telehealth. As the pandemic shifts, the future […]