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Understanding and Complying with Transgender/Gender Identity Issues for the Hospitality Workplace
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December 10, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

In a highly publicized dispute, the Supreme Court will [have heard] arguments this fall from advocates and opponents to ultimately determine whether federal law, in particular Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, protects transgender employees from discrimination based on their gender identity.(1) Along with two other cases concerning the LGBTQ community, the Supreme Court will decide whether the owner of a funeral home violated the law when he fired a former funeral home employee, who informed her employer in 2013 that she struggled with a "gender identity disorder" and announced that she was a transgender woman and that she planned to start working in women’s clothing as opposed to the company’s male dress code of a suit and tie.(2)

The Supreme Court’s eventual decision will likely impact the employment rights of approximately 1.4 million individuals who identify as transgender in the United States.3 In a recent survey, transgender individuals reported several adverse consequences in their workplace, or in attempts to gain employment, as a result of their gender identity or gender expression, including...

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7 Training Tips for Improving Workplace Culture

November 18, 2019 via Hotel Management
For the hotel and lodging industry, providing ongoing employee training on preventing sexual harassment, discrimination and other workplace misconduct is a cornerstone of creating a safe, positive environment for staff and guests.
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Men Refusing To Work Alone With Women: The HR And Legal Guide

December 2, 2019 via Fisher Phillips

Can a sincerely held religious belief – or a wife’s personal jealousy – justify a male employee refusing to work with women coworkers or other professional contacts? A federal district court in North Carolina is poised to answer this question.
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Dear Former Employee, Here Are a Few Things I Want You to Know
November 25, 2019 via Foley & Larder

Do you provide terminated employees with information regarding their employee benefits upon termination? If not, consider doing so now—especially if you typically provide a lot of your benefits information on your intranet site, which employees will lose access to upon termination. Even though there is generally no legal requirement to do so, providing departing employees with a letter that includes important reminders and deadlines related to their benefits is beneficial for two reasons: (1) it will save your HR department time by reducing the number of benefits-related inquiries they receive from former employees, allowing them to focus their time on more valuable tasks, and (2) the letter can help defend against a claim by a former employee who loses benefits because they missed a deadline.
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