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Wednesday
Jan172018

Employment Defense: It’s Raining Complaints 

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by Tal Burnovski Yeyni

818-907-3224

 

If you missed recent news regarding the #MeToo movement – welcome back from outer space! The Me Too movement has been sweeping the U.S. and the world since October 2017, encouraging women and men to speak up about sexual harassment incidents.   

The phenomenon was not missed by California legislators, who introduced the following two new bills:  

AB 1867 would require employers with 50 or more employees to maintain records of employee complaints of sexual harassment for 10 years from the date of filing.  

AB 1870 would extend the period to file a complaint of unlawful employment practice with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing for one to three years from the date of the alleged unlawful practice.

Though too soon to tell whether these bills will find their way into California’s Government Code, they demonstrate the legislature’s intent to crack down on harassment in the workplace.

Meanwhile, be sure you have a written, compliant, anti-harassment policy as well as an open door policy in place. Procedures for reporting harassment should be outlined in an employee handbook or distributed to all employees in some written format.

Those with 50 or more employees should also provide training to supervisors regarding harassment, discrimination, and bullying prevention every two years, as mandated by state law.

Now, more than ever, eradicating harassment in the workplace should be a priority.

Tal Burnovski Yeyni is an Employment Defense Attorney.

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Friday
Feb052016

What's a "Yahoo"? An Object Lesson in Employer-Employee Relations

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by Tal Burnovski Yeyni

818-907-3224

 

 

 

Can you mistakenly fire employees? According to recent media reports, Yahoo apparently did.

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News about Yahoo’s mix-up were reported earlier this week in various media outlets. As it turns out, as many as 30 employees have been let go in conversations with their supervisors but were later told that they were simply on the lower performance scale  - and were not meant to be fired.  

Additionally, the company’s performance review system is now challenged in court by an ex-employee, who claims the rules implementing Yahoo’s Quarterly Performance Reviews (“QPR”) were vaguely drawn and communicated on a need-to-know-basis, thus making the QPR process subject to abuse.

What can employers learn from Yahoo’s reported mistakes?  

  • If you use a performance evaluation system, make sure your supervisors understand the system and its guidelines;

  • Communicate with management. A quick clarification can go a long way;

  • Do not underestimate managerial training. Performance reviews can be very helpful or ridiculously awkward, and as we see here, may possibly generate lawsuits. Educate your supervisors about the proper way to conduct performance reviews.   

  • And do not fire employees you do not intend to fire!

 

Tal Burnovski Yeyni is an Employer Defense Attorney at our firm. 

Disclaimer:
This Blog/Web Site is made available by the lawyer or law firm publisher for educational purposes only, to provide general information and a general understanding of the law, not to provide specific legal advice. By using this blog site you understand there is no attorney client relationship between you and the Blog/Web Site publisher. The Blog/Web Site should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.

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