ELI in the News

With decades of experience in delivering innovative learning solutions, leadership at ELI is often sought to provide expert commentary for the news media. Our experts provide insightful views, thought leadership, and opinions on a variety of topics related to building a legal and ethical environment and aligning workplace culture with organizational values. Here you’ll find links to recent articles written by or citing ELI experts.

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Claudine Gay took the helm as president of Harvard University in July 2023, becoming the first person of color to lead the institution in its 388-year history. Just six months later, the academic scholar stepped down from her position amid controversy over accusations of antisemitism and mounting claims that she plagiarized past work. Her tenure is the shortest in the school’s history. “It has been distressing to have doubt cast on my comm…
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In December, President Joe Biden announced the release of its Fall 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, outlining the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. Days later, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its regulatory agenda for the first time in over two years, joining other labor agencies in outlining key rulemaking goals for 2024.
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Artificial intelligence, economic volatility and political unrest influenced how employers approached inclusion, equity and diversity (IE&D) in 2023. With a U.S. presidential election on the horizon in 2024, several workplace experts forecast the impact IE&D will have on employers and employees this year.
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Phnesha Jefferson worked as a federal employee for over a decade. One of her more notable roles was serving as the chief of employee and labor relations for the U.S. Air Force. “My position afforded me a unique vantage point,” Jefferson said. “I am an African American woman who served in a leadership role, and I also managed the office responsible for employee grievances and often provided consultative services during the EEO [equal employment opportunity] complaint process.”
HR Morning
Since its establishment on July 2, 1965, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been committed to its mission of eradicating workplace discrimination, both on an individual and systemic level. However, the EEOC’s recently unveiled 2022-2026 strategic plan highlights a significant shift in focus. Under the new EEOC plan, systemic claims will now be given added emphasis, highlighting the need for a proactive approach to comprehensively address workplace discrimination.
Law360
After one U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission member called a billionaire’s take on workplace diversity, equity and inclusion programs “dead wrong” on social media, three other EEOC commissioners used the same…
SHRM
The employee was on vacation. At his private computer. On his personal Facebook page. Posting about protests in his city. But his Facebook settings were public. He blamed “Blacks”for recent protests that had turned violent, and he suggested what “should be done” to them. His direct reports complained. His supervisors suspended him without pay.
HR Morning
What if you could get your best employees to stay — forever?! OK, OK, aside from retirement — you have to let go at some time — why not aim for a better-than-average turnover rate? More importantly, why not aim for a better-than-average turnover rate with your best employees? So let’s build loyalty.
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New federal data shows the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is cracking down on unlawful workplace practices. The EEOC filed 143 discrimination or harassment lawsuits in fiscal year 2023, which began on Oct. 1, 2022, and ended Sept. 30, 2023, according to a recent report by the agency. This represents a more than 50 percent increase over the filings from fiscal year 2022.
HR Morning
Since its establishment on July 2, 1965, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been committed to its mission of eradicating workplace discrimination, both on an individual and systemic level. However, the EEOC’s recently unveiled 2022-2026 strategic plan highlights a significant shift in focus. Under the new EEOC plan, systemic claims will now be given added emphasis, highlighting the need for a proactive approach to comprehensively address workplace discrimination.
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