Avoid Immigration Status Discrimination–or Face the Feds 14:44, June 9, 2017

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Author: Steve Treagus

The latest high-profile raids against illegal immigrants have created uncertainty about the consequences of new federal policies (and state laws) on immigration for many employers. “Immigration arrests up 38% nationwide under Trump,” and “Immigration Arrests Rise Sharply as a Trump Mandate Is Carried Out,” read typical headlines (from USA Today and the New York Times, […]

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US federal and state laws require employers to reasonably accommodate employees’ religious practices. Some employees may request time off to attend religious services. Employers must accommodate these requests unless it would cause them an undue burden to do so. But participating in religious services is just one of many possible religious accommodations under most jurisdictions. […]

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If even the National Security Administration (N.S.A.) can have its secrets stolen and exploited, what about private companies that have profit (not data security and intelligence) as their prime directive? According to the New York Times, cybercriminals turned stolen N.S.A. hacking tools into malicious software (malware) called “WannaCry.” On May 12, 2017, WannaCry began to […]

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Having a written code of conduct (sometimes also called a “code of ethics”) is important — but it’s at least as important that you effectively develop and implement your code of conduct. When employees transgress it, employers need to take swift and appropriate action to remedy the situation. This is especially true of conflicts of […]

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“Compliance professionals occupy unique positions of trust in our financial system,” wrote Jamal El-Hindi, Acting Director of the US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). “Compliance officers perform an essential function, serving as the first line of defense in the fight against fraud and money laundering,” echoed Joon H. Kim, the Acting […]

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Doing the right thing when it’s difficult, uncomfortable, or likely to cause social stigma takes moral courage. Our ethics training course, which focuses on overcoming barriers to acting ethically, calls moral courage “the courage to do the right thing in the face of risk and adversity.” Anyone who blows the whistle on suspected company wrongdoing […]

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Discriminatory remarks by biased decision-makers can lead to lawsuits and subvert policy. They may also demand ethical decision-making in the form of a firm but fair response. For example, in late March of 2017 the United States District Court, District of Columbia ruled that an employer could be liable for two “explicitly discriminatory” remarks about […]

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Data breaches don’t just happen when some malicious outsider orchestrates a massive hack or absconds with company secrets. They also happen when ordinary workers don’t see the harm of improperly sharing confidential information with one another or of innocent but unsafe practices. Unauthorized data sharing can undermine your best efforts at data security — even […]

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To paraphrase Joan Didion, we make assumptions in order to live. Assumptions can be innocuous (believing droplets seen from the inside of an office window mean it’s raining outside) or noxious (believing and spreading rumors without evidence). Assumptions about a worker’s disability, especially assumptions about how it may impact their job, can result in harm […]

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True to signals at oral argument that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ position on sexual orientation discrimination was due for an imminent overhaul, a full court panel of that circuit has ruled that Title VII prohibits sexual orientation discrimination. This, despite contrary conclusions by three-panel opinions of the Second and Eleventh Circuit Courts of […]

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