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Topic of the Week

Sexual Harassment Practical Strategies: How Do I Deal with Sexual Harassment?

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Blog of the Week

The Movement to End At-Will Employment Is Getting Serious

In the United States, the at-will doctrine allows bosses to arbitrarily fire employees for any reason or no reason whatsoever, with the burden of proving it was an unlawful dismissal placed on the worker.

Thought for the Week

"In today’s society, sexual harassment often takes on more subtle forms. Instead of being propositioned for sex or slapped on the rear end, a victim might receive suggestive late-night texts or images, unwelcome sexually-charged comments, or invitations to meetings that somehow turn into dates. These days, sexual harassment is just as likely to happen through emails, social media, or other venues outside of the office."

–Sachi Barreiro, Attorney

List of the Week

from Economic Policy Institute

Black workers saw continued recession-level unemployment across the country

  • Black workers were the only racial/ethnic group whose national unemployment rate remained above 10%.
  • Twelve out of the 21 states, including DC, had Black unemployment rates more than 10%?with the highest rates in Pennsylvania (16.5%), Michigan (15.6%), New Jersey (15.4%), and the District of Columbia (14.7%)
  • In comparison, the overall white unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of last year fell to 5.4%, just 2.3 percentage points above the rate during the first three months of 2020, prior to the pandemic hit.

Top Five News Headlines

  1. IRS will start sending tax refunds on up to $10,200 in unemployment insurance in May. Here’s who qualifies
  2. Asian American Arts Workers Denounce White Supremacy in Open Letter
  3. Communications in the Workplace: Do Your Words Fit Your Culture and Values?
  4. Job market heats up just in time for 40,000 San Diego college students to graduate
  5. What does the legalization of marijuana in Virginia mean for the workplace?