In January 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released proposed guidance regarding workplace harassment. Because guidance does not carry the same weight as regulations do, which require a formal notice and comment period, there is no legal requirement to solicit public comment on guidance. However, the practice of voluntarily doing so began under former Chair Jenny Yang and provides employers a valuable opportunity to make their concerns known before the Commission finalizes guidance.
To that end, Shawe Rosenthal, in conjunction with four other law firms, led the effort on behalf of the Employment Law Alliance* to submit written comments to the Commission’s proposed harassment guidance. The comment period has closed, and we expect revised guidance to issue—hopefully factoring in some of our comments below!—in a few months. Continue Reading Reflections on the EEOC’s Proposed Harassment Guidance