Secretary of Labor Discusses Delaware’s New Harassment Prevention Law

By Scott A. Holt, Esq.

From left to right: Lauren E. M. Russell, Esq.; Secretary of the Delaware Department of Labor, Cerron Cade; and Scott A. Holt, Esq.

On April 25, 2019, Young Conaway’s Labor and Employment attorneys hosted the 2019 Annual Employment Law Seminar at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.  The event drew over 200 attendees to learn about the latest federal and state employment and labor laws.  The seminar was comprised of both panel discussions and presentations about topics such as the ADA and FMLA, the new U.S. Department of Labor wage and hour overtime rules, and the new EEO-1 filing requirement.

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Delaware’s Mandatory Employee Sexual Harassment Training Law Is Now In Effect

By Scott A. Holt, Esq.

On January 1, 2019, the new law specifically addressing the prohibition against sexual harassment under the Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act (DDEA) went into effect.  One of the biggest changes is the requirement that larger employers provide interactive training and education to employees regarding the prevention of sexual harassment.  Below are answers to some of the most common questions being asked. Continue reading

Happy Holidays, with a Helping of the Flu

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The 2017-18 flu season was unusually bad, and many employers found themselves stuck between meeting their staffing needs and avoiding the spread of a virulent flu strain.  While the 2018-19 cold and flu season is forecast to be less brutal, employers should take this opportunity to revisit their pandemic preparedness.  Following are some thoughts on preventing and preparing for the next big outbreak. Continue reading

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

EEOC Sees Uptick in Sexual Harassment Charges, Lawsuits Filed in 2018

eeoc_3As the #MeToo movement reaches its first anniversary this year, we have been reflecting on what a dynamic year it has been for employment law. It’s almost hard to believe that it has only been one year since the earth-shattering allegations against Harvey Weinstein were made public, catalyzing the movement.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the biggest effects of the #MeToo movement has been an increase in the number of sexual harassment charges and lawsuits filed in 2018.  A similar swell was seen in the year following the Anita Hill hearings, as Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading