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April 2017 Archives

Changes in attitudes about sexual harassment over the decades

New York employees who have been in the workplace for decades may find that while general awareness about workplace sexual harassment has increased, the issue continues to be a problem. In a 1980 survey by the Harvard Business Journal, fewer than 30 percent of companies had a formal policy against sexual harassment and only 8 percent provided training in the form of manuals and films. Today, 98 percent of companies have sexual harassment policies in place and 70 percent have some kind of training. However, sexual harassment persists as a workplace problem as has been demonstrated with the high-profile firing of Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly on April 19.

Case over pension plans goes to U.S. Supreme Court

New York employees may be interested in learning that the U.S. Supreme Court recently began to hear arguments in a case where workers employed at religious hospitals argued that their pension plans were underfunded due to being wrongly classified. The lack of funds occurred because the affiliations could claim a religious exemption from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

Older workers may face age discrimination from employers

Research led by a professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine, indicates that people who are middle aged or older are less likely to be contacted by an employer in New York or around the country after submitting a resume than individuals who are younger. This was determined by sending out 40,000 resumes applying for thousands of jobs.