Brian Balonick, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, spoke with U.S. News about three trends that workers will face in 2018. Trump administration leaders have taken actions that favor employers over employees, and that trend is likely to continue in 2018, says Balonick. Those include recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board that make it harder for workers to unionize and bargain with employers. In 2017, the #MeToo movement shed light on the widespread problem of sexual harassment. Although the first round of investigations snared mostly celebrities and politicians, in 2018, the movement "will trickle down to the workplace," Balonick predicts: "I think there is going to continue to be a lot more sexual harassment cases." This year, companies will take more seriously their legal obligation to prevent and stop harassment, Balonick says, adopting the philosophy that "workplace conduct needs to be as important a factor as workplace productivity." That will mean updating policies, "aggressively" training employees and managers and thoroughly investigating claims of inappropriate behavior.
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