An Update on Delaware’s Anti-Harassment Legislation

As we should all be aware, in July 2018, the Delaware General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, House Bill 360 (HB360), which formalized the well-established fact that sexual harassment is unlawful under Delaware state law.  Here’s what we know about enforcement, six months later.  Continue reading

Internal Investigations: Get It Right or Pay the Price

It will come as no surprise to most of our readers that, in the 12 to 14 months following the advent of the #MeToo movement, we have seen a marked uptick in the request for advice and assistance in the conduct of sexual harassment investigations.  Below are some thoughts to keep in mind when approaching this issue, and when to bring in the professionals. Continue reading

Know Your Neighbors: A Gentle Reminder to Multi-State Employers

While Delaware does not have laws that pertain to paid sick leave, two of our neighbors have recently enacted their own laws on this subject. Maryland and New Jersey have both created new sick leave policies affecting most employees who work in their states. Continue reading

We’re Not Done Yet! FLSA2018-19

DOLThe Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) have been busy bees!  The newest opinion letter, written by Acting Administrator Bryan L. Jarrett, provides insight into how to compensate employees who take numerous FMLA-protected breaks throughout the day (FLSA2018-19). Continue reading

Wage and Hour Update: New Opinion Letters

DOL_Timesheet_appThe Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) resumed their practice of issuing opinion letters in 2017. Since then, they have issued several, including one last spring that pertained to paid travel time when attending a conference or other work-related matter (FLSA2018-18). Continue reading

Local Case of Note: DDOL Wins Summary Judgment

The Case

deptoflaborThe Third Circuit recently had the opportunity to rule on a case brought against the Delaware Department of Labor’s Office of Anti-Discrimination (“OAD”), by its former Acting Administrator. The OAD was awarded summary judgment, and the Third Circuit confirmed the award, holding that even accepting all of the employee’s allegations as true, there was no legal basis to conclude that OAD had violated the federal Equal Pay Act. Continue reading

McDonald’s says #MeToo

Macky D'sThe news has primarily focused on the effects of the #MeToo movement in high-profile industries. The numerous falls from grace of once-prominent men (and occasionally women) in politics, comedy, and film have percolated throughout news cycles for the last twelve months. Often, the women reporting the harassment or assault had their careers stunted or completely derailed by their harassers, typically (but not universally) men who were in a position of power. But on September 18 a group of women who have been previously largely overlooked came forward. Fast-food workers from McDonald’s chains in ten different cities went on strike to protest both the sexual harassment they endure, and the indifference with which their complaints are met. Continue reading