NLRB’s New Employee Handbook Guidance

“Disparaging or offensive language is prohibited.”
“Employees may not engage in disrespectful conduct.”
The above rules might seem reasonable to you or perhaps you have seen them in your own company’s employment policies. However, prior to the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) ruling in The Boeing Company, 365 NLRB No. 154 (Dec. 14, 2017), these types of work rules would likely have been considered unlawful by the NLRB. That’s because a 2004 NLRB ruling (Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia) found that employees could “reasonably construe” such policies as restricting their ability to participate in “concerted activity” for “mutual aid and protection” under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). [More]

Confidential Settlements of Sexual Harassment Claims are No Longer Tax Deductible

In response to the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations and the #MeToo movement, the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a provision some call the "Harvey Weinstein tax." Specifically, the law amends the Internal Revenue Code to prohibit a business from deducting the costs of a settlement payment (including attorneys' fees) for a sexual harassment claim, if the settlement agreement contains a nondisclosure (confidentiality) provision. New Section 162(q) was added to the Internal Revenue Code and provides that no deduction shall be allowed for "(1) any settlement or payment related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse if such settlement or payment is subject to a nondisclosure agreement, or (2) attorneys' fees related to such a settlement or payment." This provision applies to all such settlements entered into or paid after December 22, 2017, the date President Trump signed the bill into law. [More]

Sexual Harassment in the News: Employers Take Note

Following the seemingly endless accusations of sexual harassment in Hollywood, on Capitol Hill, and in corporate America, employers may wonder what they can do to get ahead of the next potential headline in 2018. While it may be impossible to eliminate all conceivable claims of harassment, employers can take some steps to help avoid liability by creating or strengthening anti-harassment programs. [More]