Constangy’s Top 5 Employment Law Articles of 2023

The world of employment law is ever-changing, and 2023 was no exception. Keeping up with the latest developments can be daunting, but it's necessary for professionals across all industries. That's why we've compiled a list of our top five most popular Employment & Labor Insider blog posts of 2023. Each post offers unique insights, updates, and, of course, a little levity. Join us as we recap these essential reads.

5 Things That Could Get You Accused of Sex Harassment

Explore the controversial topic of workplace harassment, examining behaviors highlighted in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Enforcement Guidance. This insightful piece serves as a wake-up call, reminding readers to be mindful of seemingly harmless actions that can be perceived as harassment, promoting a respectful and harassment-free work environment.

Rule 1 in Beating an Age Claim: Get Your Story Straight

Regarding age discrimination claims in the workplace, having a clear, consistent, and well-documented reason for employment decisions is crucial. This not only mitigates the risk of such claims but also ensures fairness and transparency. Dive into a case that highlights the consequences of inconsistent reasons given by employers during litigation. It serves as a reminder for employers to align their actions and reasoning when making employment decisions, avoiding potential pitfalls.

"Quiet Firing": A Bad Idea

Discover the complexities of "quiet firing" and the potential risks it poses for employers. We explore scenarios highlighting the importance of understanding these concepts and the legal consequences of mishandling them. From defining constructive discharge to offering strategies for managing these situations, this post provides an eye-opening perspective for professionals navigating the complexities of the workplace.

I'm an Employment Lawyer. Here Are 5 Things You Employers Are Doing Wrong.

We pinpoint five common employer mistakes, ranging from terminating employees for unspoken rules to letting go of older staff based on a CEO's questionable statement. Drawing from an employment lawyer's perspective, we provide real-world examples and practical guidance on dealing with these situations. Gain insights for taking a proactive stance in addressing these workplace challenges.

When It Comes to HR, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Miss Manners.

Miss Manners, or her stand-in, dabbled in employment law quandaries, and the results are, well, cringe-worthy. From suggesting a game of video conference roulette to advising an employee to fib about patient complaints rather than seeking an ADA accommodation, workplace etiquette, and legal expertise aren't always a perfect match. While we appreciate the charm of cream-colored thank-you notes, this post serves as a reminder to always consult HR professionals or legal counsel on employment issues rather than relying on etiquette advice alone.

We hope you enjoyed revisiting our most popular posts of 2023, and we promise to bring you more valuable insights in the year ahead! Stay tuned!

Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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