Meredith C. Swartz

Meredith C. Swartz

Ballard Spahr LLP

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New OSHA Directive to Speed Up Resolution of Whistleblower Complaints Under OSH Act, Dodd-Frank, Other Laws

A directive to establish nationwide policies and procedures aimed at speeding up the resolution of “whistleblower” complaints handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was issued on August 19, 2015....more

8/25/2015 - Affordable Care Act Airlines Anti-Retaliation Provisions Arbitration Dodd-Frank FOIA Maritime Transport Nuclear Power OSHA Popular Railways Retaliation Trucking Industry Whistleblowers

Employers Must Be Cautious in Addressing Ebola Concerns

Neither the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission nor the Centers for Disease Control has issued any specific guidance for employers to deal with Ebola issues. With multiple Ebola cases diagnosed in the United States...more

10/29/2014 - ADA Ebola Employer Liability Issues FMLA Title VII Workplace Safety

DOL Issues Directive on Gender Identity and Transgender Status

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)—which enforces anti-discrimination and affirmative action laws affecting government contractors and subcontractors—has issued...more

8/27/2014 - Affirmative Action Discrimination DOL Federal Contractors Gender Discrimination Gender Identity LGBT OFCCP Transgender

Extended Leave Not a Reasonable Accommodation under the Rehabilitation Act, 10th Circuit Holds

A recent appellate court ruling may affect the ability of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to challenge "inflexible" employer leave policies, policies that result in the termination of employees who are...more

6/5/2014 - ADA Appeals EEOC Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Paid Leave Reasonable Accommodation Rehabilitation Act Unpaid Leave

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Issues New Pregnancy Rights Notice

On January 20, 2014, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed an amendment to the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance expressly banning discrimination based upon pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition and imposing...more

4/7/2014 - Discrimination Employee Rights Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

NLRB Abandons ‘Poster Rule’

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently announced that it will not seek U.S. Supreme Court review of the two Court of Appeals decisions invalidating the NLRB’s 2011 posting rule requiring employers to post notices...more

1/20/2014 - Employee Rights NLRA NLRB Notice Requirements Posting Requirements SCOTUS

New York City Passes Earned Sick Time Act

New York City has become the latest U.S. city to require paid sick leave for many local private sector employees. On May 8, 2013, the New York City Council passed the Earned Sick Time Act by a 45-3 vote....more

7/9/2013 - Collective Bargaining Employee Benefits Employee Rights Employer Mandates Local Ordinance Medical Leave Sick Leave

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