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New rule to prohibit mandatory arbitration in consumer banking

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has just made a new rule official that would prohibit mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer banking and financial services contracts. However, the official publication of the rule may merely serve to expose it to attack from those who prefer arbitration or who believe the rule will be disruptive.

Nondisparagement clauses can obscure workplace discrimination

It is not uncommon for New York residents to sign various agreements when they begin working for new organizations. For example, they may be asked to agree to noncompete agreements that will prevent them from leaving their new employers for competitors. They may also agree to forego interests in any technologies or business plans that they create in their new jobs if they choose to sever their employment with their employers.

What is unlawful retaliation after a sexual harassment complaint?

For workers in New York State who have filed a complaint about sexual harassment, it is unfortunate that the abusive behaviors that the person faced might continue in a different form. Unlawful retaliation can also happen and it too can be the basis for a legal filing. If an employee has complained about sexual harassment, retaliation is illegal. This is part of the Human Rights Law and a worker complaining is considered protected activity.

Are you prepared to address employee complaints?

Workplaces are complicated. They involve a number of individuals with diverse beliefs, backgrounds and ideas on how to handle situations. Regardless of your company’s best efforts to foster a positive environment, issues will arise. As an employer, expect to receive employee complaints at some point.

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