IAML Insights

March 14, 2019

Recently, an insurance company released a story about a secret contest it launched offering $10,000 to the first person who read their insurance policy. The catch: the only way you could find out about the contest was to actually read the policy. 73 policies were sold and sent out before someone claimed the prize. Insurance policies are...

March 13, 2019

In a decision that could have wide-ranging implications for all employers, the Fourth Circuit recently held that an employer’s failure to stop a false rumor that a female employee slept with her male boss to obtain a promotion, could give rise to employer liability under Title VII for gender discrimination. Parker v. Reema Consulting Services...

March 12, 2019

On March 7, 2019, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor, through its Acting Administrator Keith Sonderling, published the long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the “white collar” overtime exemption regulations.  The DOL proposes to increase the minimum salary for exemption from $455 per week ($23,660...

March 11, 2019

Consider and compare the following workplace civility policies:Commitment to My Co-Workers I will accept responsibility for establishing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships with you and every member of this team.I will talk to your promptly if I am having a problem with you. The only time I will discuss it with another person is...

March 08, 2019

Jack Phillips and the state of Colorado are going their separate ways. Last August, I wrote about a new lawsuit filed by Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Mr. Phillips has what I will call religiously-grounded "traditional" beliefs about men and women, and refuses to make custom cakes...

March 07, 2019

I work in HR at a large, California-based company with branches across the country. We pride ourselves on our diverse and inclusive workforce, and encourage employees to self-identify their race/ethnicity and sex. Last year a number of employees left the "sex" and "race" categories blank, saying they were too limiting. This year I'd like to amend...