The spotlight on conduct in the workplace is shaping public opinion, which in turn, is influencing the best practices employers follow, as well as the policies they implement. Partially in response to these changes, but also independently paralleling them, a host of legal developments have occurred in the past few years that amount to a sea-change in the legal landscape surrounding discrimination and harassment. These changes are all noteworthy, and in some cases, momentous. Recent developments include: an expansion of the definition of gender itself; new detailed requirements for harassment policies; the establishment of mandatory topics that must be covered in trainings; the adoption of more restrictive pay equity laws, including laws that prohibit an employer from inquiring about a candidate’s current compensation, and more. Join Cozen O’Connor for a discussion of these legal developments and the best practices employers must follow to reduce the legal risks these new laws present.
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