Ford Settles EEOC Suit, New I-9 Form, and more


Ford Agrees to Pay Up to $10M to Settle EEOC Lawsuit Over Plant Harassment Allegations

Ford Motor has reached a settlement, agreeing to pay up to $10.1M following an investigation by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Crain’s Chicago reports that during its investigation, the EEOC found evidence of racial and sexual harassment at two Chicago area plants. As part of the settlement, Ford has also agreed to provide employees with harassment prevention and awareness training.

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Survey Says 20% of Workers Face Hostile or Threatening Work Environments

The recent American Working Conditions Survey (AWCS) has found that work is “pretty taxing” for many people. CBS News reports that “nearly one in five workers — a share the study calls ‘disturbingly high’ — say they face a hostile or threatening environment at work, which can include sexual harassment and bullying”. Other key findings show that only 38 percent of survey participants say their jobs offer prospects for advancement, and 50 percent of those polled say they work outside of office hours to meet the demands of their position.


Executives Find HR the Best Defense in Talent War

As survey after survey finds that employees are ready to jump ship, Business2Community reports that HR is the best defense against losing valuable talent. Business2Community says that “now, after years of neglecting employee engagement and development, the executive suite is going to turn to HR to take the lead on what has become a very real dollar-and-cents problem”.


Newly Revised I-9 Form – Required Use by September 18th 

The United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised version of Form I-9, which all employers will be required to use as of September 18th of this year. This most recent version is an update to the new form released earlier this year, and its use will be mandatory “for all new hires and for re-verifying current employees with expiring employment authorization documentation”.

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EEOC Releases New Workplace Harassment Checklists

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Task Force has released several new checklists related to workplace harassment. These documents include a risk factor chart, a checklist to assist employers in establishing “a culture of respect” as part of a “holistic harassment prevention program”, a list of items to be included in harassment reports and investigations, and a checklist for compliance training.


The Importance of Documenting Employee Discipline

The employment law arm of Pullman & Comley recently outlined their tips for documenting employee discipline issues, cautioning employers that “more cases are won and lost due to documentation (or lack there of) than any other factor”.


Articles & Interviews Featuring OperationsInc

Google Gender Debacle Speaks to Tech Culture Wars, Politics – The Associated Press

Employer-based Health Coverage Likely to Stay Awhile – The Associated Press

How to Avoid Annoying Your Hiring Managers – SHRM

Navigating the Multigenerational Workplace – Dice

Report: Most Workers Plan to Make a Job Change – The Advocate

Should You Offer Your Employees Paid Time Off Instead of Overtime Pay? – American Express OPEN Forum

Fairfield County Leaders: Infrastructure, Workforce Development Critical – CBIA

Businesses Eye Health Care Changes with Caution – WNPR

US to Ban Laptops from European Flights – The Associated Press

Business Panel Cites Need to Better Train State Workforce – The Advocate


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