Employers deal with complicated and difficult HR issues regularly. Although the allegations regarding Harvey Weinstein and the advent of the #MeToo movement have raised attention about the issue of sexual harassment, reporting is limited in providing practical guidance for employers seeking information to help their organizations. In this video, PLDO Principal William E. O’Gara describes some of the obstacles facing employers when it comes to sexual harassment and offers considerations to help solve these workplace issues. He explains that the legal standard for sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, which is a subset of sexual harassment, is whether or not the work environment is something where an employee is confronted with an abusive, hostile environment that he or she did not invite. For employers, he says, the key is making sure that everyone in the organization from frontline supervisors to the lowest level employee understands that it’s a zero-tolerance policy and that the employer is going to maintain a work environment in every operation, in every corner of the business, that the employer can stand behind and it can defend without being apologetic. For more information, call Attorney O’Gara, who leads the firm’s Employment Law and Litigation Teams, at 401-824-5100.

The digital footprint we leave behind when we post, purchase or shop online are like the bread crumbs of our daily lives and behaviors. This trail creates a profile of who we are, what we do, what we like or dislike and so much more. In this video, PLDO Partner Brian J. Lamoureux, who is nationally recognized as a thought leader and commentator on issues regarding social and digital media law, describes the upside and downside of big data collection, how it occurs and why being mindfully cautious is the best approach when living in a digital world. To learn more, call Attorney Lamoureux at 401-824-5100 or email bjl@pldolaw.com.