IAML Insights

October 22, 2018

We have an employee who recently had a child placed with her for foster care. (It is her niece.) She wants to take eight weeks of FMLA leave to bond with the foster child, but wants to know if she can take an additional eight weeks of FMLA leave when she adopts the child. She anticipates that the adoption likely will occur sometime next year. A....

October 19, 2018

My employer is preparing for our annual review of staff compensation. My boss heard there have been a lot of changes in the law about equal pay that might affect our evaluations. He’s asked me to look into what new issues we might need to consider. What developments in employment law will be relevant as we set compensation for next year? We are...

October 17, 2018

An employer’s facts in an investigation did not match those it reported to the EEOC in response to the same allegations. The employer created its own factual discrepancy, and based on the discrepancy, the 7th Circuit reversed the employer’s summary judgment.  In this case, the Plaintiff reported to Human Resources that a manager was...

October 16, 2018

Last week, the EEOC released preliminary data on sexual harassment claims for its 2018 fiscal year. The report (not surprisingly) shows an eye-popping rise in sexual harassment claims and enforcement activity – a trend acting EEOC chair Victoria Lipnic anticipates will continue for a while. Even for employers not affected by New York and New...

October 15, 2018

If the "humble boss" is best, who's the worst? Sue Shellenbarger, the work and family columnist for The Wall Street Journal, wrote this week that the "in" characteristic for leaders right now is humility. (Paid subscription required for full access.) "Humility" includes traits such as respecting the input of others, recognizing that...

October 12, 2018

How quickly things change! Late last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released preliminary numbers on sexual harassment for Fiscal Year 2018, which ended September 30. Here is what the agency says: *There was a 12 percent increase in charges alleging sexual harassment in FY 2018 versus FY 2017. This doesn't sound...