Ethical Snapshot Video

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and The Holiday Season

When it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, the day-to-day operations are on the forefront, but it’s easy to forget a sense of belonging that goes deeper.  Understanding people beyond the workplace and appreciating their differences can go a long way in creating a healthy workplace culture that promotes a sense of psychological safety [...]

Employee Retention Leaps to the Forefront of Employer Goals for 2023

For months (and even years), we have heard threats of a looming economic recession. Although analysts disagree as to whether an economic downturn has already begun, rising prices and a corresponding increase in interest rates to combat those increases signals a change is either here or coming. Along with the economic times, so shift employer [...]

Inclusivity – The Secret Sauce in the Recipe for Preventing Harassment and Discrimination

There is little doubt that diversity, equity and inclusion has been one of the hottest topics of 2022. While DE&I is a critical element of a healthy workplace culture, the concept in whole is often misunderstood. Too many organizations rush to become “more diverse” without taking the time to implement strategies on the “equity” and [...]

Research Suggests Hybrid Work Just as Productive as the In-Office Model

On September 22, 2022, tech giant Microsoft released the results of a study where 20,000 employees were surveyed on their thoughts about hybrid (or remote) work well over two years into the pandemic era. The findings of the survey show a significant divide between employee belief in their productivity and employer trust in their workforce’s [...]

EEOC Releases New Mandatory Discrimination Poster

On October 20 2022, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a newly revised “Know Your Rights” poster, which replaces the existing “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster that had been in place for over a decade. Under the law, employers covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, [...]

EEOC Recovers $125,000 in Harassment Suit Filed on Behalf of Teen Employees

According to a September 22, 2022 press release from the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), Koerner Management Group, Inc. (“KMG”), a holding company for International House of Pancakes (“IHOP”) franchise restaurants in Maryland and Virginia, has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the EEOC for $125,000. As part of the settlement, KMG [...]

Boston Celtics Head Coach Suspended for One Year Following Relationship with Subordinate Gone Bad

Dating in the workplace is something that is all too common in the 21st century. Indeed, according to a survey, 52% of employees surveyed admitted to participating in a workplace romance. Such romances range from one-night stands to committed relationships (in some cases leading to marriage). It is clear that no matter what steps [...]

October is National Disability Awareness Month

As the calendar flips to October, the leaves are beginning to turn and a cool breeze is in the air. Along with these rites of passage every fall, so comes National Disability Awareness Month, an equity initiative recognized and promoted by the White House wherein organizations celebrate the “essential contributions to our workplaces, economy, and [...]

Pitfalls of Workplace Investigations: Don’t Let it Happen to You

A thorough work investigation should be conducted by an individual qualified to perform such tasks. People such as attorneys, law enforcement officers, HR professionals, and countless other types of professions are trained and skilled in conducting investigations. But what if a specialist is unavailable or a call comes into your anonymous hotline (or is brought [...]

The DOJ Steps It Up

United States Deputy Attorney General Delivers Speech Outlining New Efforts to Curb Moral Hazard And the hits just keep on comin’! In a September 15, 2022 speech, Deputy United States Attorney General Lisa Monaco has once again stepped up the US Department of Justice’s efforts to get principles of ethics and compliance baked into the [...]

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