|March 23, 2018 | www.fisherphillips.com|
You are probably familiar with the concept of transgender status and, even if you haven’t already addressed such a situation at your workplace, you probably have a rough idea of how you would handle a situation involving an employee in transition. It’s time now for you to ready yourself for the next step in the 21st-century gender revolution and prepare for the day when one of your employees informs you they would prefer to be treated as “nonbinary” – that is, neither male nor female. What do you need to know about this developing issue?
If you’re blonde, good-looking, or a man who stands nearly 6 feet tall, lucky you! Financially, you may be doing better than the rest of us. Here’s why: we each make thousands of decisions every day, many of which are informed by implicit, or unconscious, biases – that is, preconceived ideas we have formed over our lifetimes as a result of our past experiences.
If your business is like most others, you probably store a lot of sensitive data in an electronic format. And if your business takes proper precautions, you probably utilize sophisticated cybersecurity systems to prevent the hacking of such data. You likely also require your employees to password-protect their phones, and perhaps even download security software applications for added protection. But have you considered potential data vulnerabilities posed by your company cars and your employees’ cars? Likely not, but there is convincing evidence that you should start.
It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. December was no different, with so many significant developments taking place during the month that we were forced to expand our monthly summary beyond the typical “Top 10” list. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest changes, here is a quick review of the Top 14 stories from last month that all employers need to know about: