PER Human Resources – July 2020


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When Joking Around Goes Too Far

Jax Auto Repair is a fun and easy-going place to work. Employees work hard and they have a good time in the process. They're often seen laughing and kidding around with one another. Sometimes, the language gets rough, but everyone knows it's joking around, and no harm is meant. One day, a verbal argument broke out between two employees. One employee was heard saying, My family is off limits. They're here legally and so am I. That's it. You'd better back off. Recognizing the red flag, Read on to learn how the owner and HR reviewed the situation.*
(*These incidents are based on real cases. Names and other details have been changed.)
Can an employee claim harassment when offensive jokes or other conduct are not directed specifically at them? An employee who is offended by jokes, pictures, or office banter about sex, race, sexuality, religion, age, or other protected class can claim harassment, even if the jokes, pictures, or other conduct were not directed at them. Learn More  
FEDERAL UPDATES DOL Online Tool to Determine FFCRA Eligibility EEOC Provides Return-to-Work and COVID-19 Antibody Testing Guidance Under Federal Civil Rights Laws OSHA Revises Injury Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Cases US Supreme Court: LGBTQ+ Employees Protected Against Employment Discrimination STATE UPDATES Maryland Maryland Amends Its Mini-WARN Law Virginia: Virginia's New Pay Transparency Law Washington: Washington Lactation Accommodation - No Doctors Note Needed Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave Act Amendments  
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