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We address issues, cases and matters of statutory and regulatory compliance of employment law that can impact a business' growth and profitability.

Employer Law Blog
January 16, 2018

EMPLOYER BEWARE: New Tax Bill Requires Full Disclosure of Sex Harassment Settlements or… Lose the Business Expense Deduction

In the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, congress in its infinite wisdom, determined to publically shame or, alternatively, financially burden companies that settle claims of sex harassment. Under the new law, taxpayers will not be allowed to take a business deduction: For any settlement or payment related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse claims if the settlement or payment is subject to a nondisclosure/confidentiality agreement; For any attorney fees related to such a settlement or payment subject to a nondisclosure/confidentiality agreement.

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Employer Law Blog
November 12, 2017

Preventing the “Weinstein” in your Organization: Common Pitfalls in Complying With State and Federal Harassment Laws

As seemingly daily revelations surface of sex harassment allegations in the entertainment/media industry it is imperative for organizations to learn from the mistakes of others when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace. The plethora of harassment complaints in is not a recent dilemma. In fact, there have been federal and state laws prohibiting “harassment” in the workplace for over 30 years. In this regard, on June 19, 1986, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that sexual harassment violated federal laws against discrimination and that companies could be held liable for sexual harassment committed by supervisors — even if the company was unaware of the harassment.

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