Physician Harriet Foster (left) administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Khady Gueye at a church in Richmond.
Richmond Times Dispatch
Workplace bullies are real and dangerous.
Virginia is moving toward loosening its first-in-the-nation COVID-19 workplace safety rules, which were designed to prevent the spread of the virus but also were criticized by many businesses as too unwieldy.
Virginia’s rules requiring employers to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace technically still remain in place, though many businesses continue to urge a full repeal.
Employers are understandably still confused about the ever-changing COVID-related employment rules and obligations.
What is harassment?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its COVID-19 technical assistance guidance in late May to provide clarity for employers on mandatory vaccinations, reasonable accommodations, requiring proof of vaccinations, and whether incentives to employees and/or family members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are legal.
While it seems inconceivable that organizations still employ people who engage in sexual harassment, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settled lawsuits that expose the grim reality that many businesses haven’t gotten the memo that sexual harassment must be prevented and not tolerated in the workplace.
This year has taught us a lot about the workplace:
As a Supreme Court justice, Amy Coney Barrett will be called upon to decide cases in a variety of criminal and civil cases, including those impacting the workplace.
This pandemic has challenged mangers to readjust, be resilient and find new ways to create a meaningful experience for employees.
Sexual, racial or other misconduct, if done virtually, is still harassment.
As Election Day approaches, Virginia employers will need to communicate any company policies surrounding time off to vote, and other expectations.
Walmart has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a companywide hiring lawsuit filed against the retail giant by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging sex discrimination.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued technical assistance earlier this month regarding the use of codeine, oxycodone and other opioids by employees and how they could stay employed.