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ELI is a resource for the news media, providing expert commentary and opinion and informational resources on a variety of topics related to building a legal and ethical workplace. Here you’ll find links to recent articles written by or citing ELI experts.

A recent lawsuit against a Maryland-based company underscores how discrimination has run rampant in the construction industry. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) obtained a default judgment in U.S. District Court in a lawsuit against staffing agency Green JobWorks LLC in Hanover, Md., for allegedly refusing to hire female workers for demolition and laborer positions and for refusing to give female workers certain tasks because of their sex.
A new executive order from President Joe Biden will require federal agencies to find ways to make their services more accessible to underserved communities—including in the workplace. Biden issued the executive order, “Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” in February, mandating government agencies to create “equity teams” to address the barriers underserved communities face in accessing agencies’ policies, programs and activities.
With women comprising 55.2% of the workforce compared to 66.4% of men, the U.S. labor force is suffering from a gender gap. The workforce is missing out on key ideas, contributions and opportunities that come with embracing diversity. Companies like yours can help close the gender gap by prioritizing inclusive hiring practices, creating a respectful environment and fostering a supportive workplace culture — a move that will empower women and achieve key business results.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a draft of its new Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP), outlining its priorities in tackling workplace discrimination over the next four years. The playbook, published in the Federal Register in January, indicates that the agency will be on the lookout for discrimination caused by artificial intelligence (AI) tools.
HR Morning
You plan to improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), but will your DEI efforts make an impact? That’s the true test for HR professionals in 2023. Whether you have been enhancing DEI efforts to stay on-point with the changing workplace, or plan new or first-time initiatives this year, it’ll likely be a bumpy road ahead.
The Compliance and Ethics Blog
On December 7, 2022 The Speak Out Act became law. Stephen Paskoff, the President and CEO of ELI explains that the law was spurred by the #MeToo movement and the Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) that limited recourse available for victims. It was designed to make it easier for victims to come forward, and for improper behavior to remain hidden.
Employers may need to adjust their practices and policies to comply with the Speak Out Act, which invalidates nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) and non-disparagement agreements designed to keep employees from discussing instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault. President Joe Biden signed the law on Dec. 7, 2022, and it took effect immediately.
The $8 million settlement that Circle K Stores Inc. struck this week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is not just about money, legal experts said. The EEOC settlement was a “pre-litigation” agreement and intended to resolve “disability, pregnancy and retaliation discrimination charges,” and in doing so avoids the risk of a government lawsuit. The $8 million includes a fund to “compensate aggrieved individuals” who worked at Circle K from 2009 through September this year.
Employers may need to reconsider how they use nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) in the wake of recent congressional action and new state laws.The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 16 passed the Speak Out Act, which prohibits the use of nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements in cases of sexual harassment or sexual assault. The bill passed the Senate on Sept. 29.

Press Releases

ELI, Inc. Announces New Civil Treatment® Initiative to Help Organizations Build More Inclusive, Productive and Compliant Workplaces

September 9, 2019

ELI, Inc., a training and consulting company that helps organizations build more inclusive, productive, and compliant workplaces, today announced the launch of its Civil Treatment®Workplace program. An addition to its award-winning portfolio of offerings available through the company’s pioneer Civil Treatment® series, this unique program enables organizations to operationalize workplace civility as an ongoing initiative connected to its mission and goals, rather than as a stand-alone, one-time course.


eli-inc-brandon-hall-award-20162016 – Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program – Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Awards – Bronze Winner

Verizon and ELI for Civil Treatment for Employees

bh-award2015 – Best Unique or Innovative Learning and Development Program – Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Awards – Bronze Winner

Civil Treatment® for Leaders

Human Resources Executive MagazineBest New Training Product

Civil Treatment® for Managers

Human Resources Executive Magazine Best New Training Product

Civil Treatment® for Employees

Human Resources Executive Magazine Best New Training Product

The Legal Record®: Investigating and Documenting for Civil Treatment®

Human Resources Executive Magazine Top Ten Training Product

The Civil Treatment® Series

Human Resources Executive Magazine Top Ten Product and Product Groupings for the past 10 years

The Civil Treatment® Series

Corporate Legal Times, Distinguished Legal Service Award

Civil Treatment® for Managers

MCAI Awards in Media Excellence (AiME) Golden Reel Award

Civil Treatment® for Managers Online

Silver Axiem Award (Video)

Civil Treatment® for Managers

Silver Axiem Award (Interactive Media)

Civil Treatment® for Managers Online

Gold Aurora Award (Video)

Civil Treatment® for Employees

Silver Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Award

Civil Treatment® for Employees Online

Software and Information Industry Association’s 17th Annual Codie Awards, Finalist

Civil Treatment® for Employees Online

ITVA Georgia Video Festival, Gold Award, Excellence in Training and Education

Banking on Fairness®

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From the Blog

75 Years of Creating Commonality

Last month, I spoke at the 75th SHRM conference, which, as always, was energizing and well run. There were more than 23,000 people in attendance, which I think is a record. What will stick with me most about the conference, however, is the realization that there is a strong parallel

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