Following the recent wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations, a wake of news stories emerged about how HR departments have failed to conduct proper investigations into such complaints. Women claimed HR failed to write down their complaints or take any action; one woman claimed HR told her “We don’t want to get involved in this.” The stories asserted that HR “is supposed to protect the company’s interests,” not the employee’s.  But as any experienced employment lawyer or HR manager knows, HR cannot protect the company if it conducts a subpar investigation.

Two of the most common harassment investigation missteps include (1) using investigators that lack sufficient training about how to conduct an investigation, and (2) failing to involve legal counsel at the right time.

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This week the Democratic Party announced a new economic agenda largely focused on employment issues affecting working families. Entitled: “A Better Deal,” the agenda consists of several proposals that aim to create jobs, raise wages, and lower household costs.

For example, the agenda sets a goal to create 10 million good-paying, full-time jobs within five years through employer tax credit incentives, apprenticeships, and paid on-the-job training. It also seeks to implement paid family leave, as well as new merger standards and post-merger reviews aimed at protecting workers, consumers, and competition.