Should you be friends with your coworkers outside of work? What should employers consider when they learn about a relationship outside of the workplace? In Episode 9 of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Troutman Pepper Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs sit down with Matt Leeth, executive vice president of legal affairs at Jushi Holdings, Inc., to discuss an episode of the TV series The Office, and best practices in dealing with relationships outside of the workplace. Tune in for a lively discussion!

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Q. How do I fight antisemitism in the workplace?

A. The recent headlines involving Ye, Kyrie Irving, Dave Chappelle, and others are just the latest in a string of highly disturbing antisemitic statements and incidents. In 2021, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recorded 2,717 antisemitic incidents throughout the United States — a 34% increase from 2020 and the highest number on record since ADL first began tracking antisemitic occurrences in 1979. As many as 1,496 antisemitic acts have been reported in this calendar year alone, ranging from the distribution of antisemitic propaganda to physical attacks against Jewish individuals to bomb threats.

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Q. May an employer discipline or discharge an employee for appearing in a TikTok video?

A. If the employee is part of a union, inappropriate conduct in a TikTok video may not be sufficient grounds for a just cause termination. In 2019, a Pennsylvania school district terminated a third-grade teacher after the district discovered the teacher had appeared with her minor daughter in an online TikTok video. However, following arbitration and two appeals, the teacher was reinstated to her former position and received all lost earnings, seniority, and benefits.

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On November 24, New York’s Adult Survivors Act “revival window” is set to open for adult victims of sexual abuse. Revival windows, also called “lookback periods,” provide a limited period, usually at least one year, for sexual abuse victims to file otherwise time-barred civil claims. New York previously opened a revival window for minor victims of sexual abuse under its 2019 Child Victim’s Act, which closed in August 2021.

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California employers face an abundance of new employment laws set to take effect at the start of the new year. Below find descriptions of new requirements for employee leaves of absence, pay transparency and data reporting, COVID-19 compliance, privacy rights, industry-specific requirements, and other new workplace laws. Unless otherwise stated, the obligations created by the laws below will take effect on January 1, 2023. Learn more about these and other employment developments at Troutman Pepper’s upcoming December 8 Labor + Employment webinar.

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What should employers do when they learn about harassment in the workplace? In Episode 8 of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Troutman Pepper Partners Tracey Diamond and Leah Katz sit down with Sarah Goncher, deputy general counsel of operations for a regional health care provider, to discuss the TV series Succession and best practices in dealing with workplace harassment. Tune in for a lively discussion!

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Q: Did the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) change how independent contractors are classified, and if so, what does this mean for my company?

A: Potentially. On October 11, the DOL announced a proposed new standard for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new rule classifies workers using six non-exhaustive factors: (1) the worker’s opportunity for profit and loss; (2) the employer and the employee’s investments; (3) the degree of permanence of the working relationship; (4) the nature and degree of the worker’s control over the work; (5) the extent to which the work is integral to the employer’s business; and (6) the worker’s degree of skill and initiative.

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Q. Did the EEOC update its “EEO is the Law” poster?

A. Yes. On October 19, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new “Know Your Rights” poster, which updates and replaces its former “EEOC is the Law” poster.

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How do office romances affect the workplace? What should employers consider when they learn of an office romance? In Episode 7 of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Troutman Pepper Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs sit down with Michelle Rice, senior corporate counsel, labor and employment at Yelp, to discuss the movie The Hating Game and best practices in dealing with office romances. Tune in for a lively discussion!

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Q: Does Colorado have a law prohibiting an employer from requiring employees to sign a restrictive covenant agreement?

A: Yes. On August 10, a new Colorado law took effect that voids noncompete and customer nonsolicitation covenants with certain Colorado employees, depending on their compensation level. The new law places significant penalties upon noncompliant employers and will void any provision that violates the law.

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