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EEOC Orientation-Bias Guidance Stirs Controversy among Commentators

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The public comment period for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed workplace harassment guidance closed last week. The EEOC’s broad definition of sexual orientation bias drew attention from...more

Supreme Court Limits EEOC Subpoena Power

by Fisher Phillips on

In a 7 to 1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that courts of appeals should largely defer to lower courts’ decisions when policing subpoenas issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). By...more

N.D. Indiana: Employer Bears Burden of Proving Whistleblower Exhausted Administrative Remedies

On February 1, 2016, the Northern District of Indiana ruled in a case brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) that whether a whistleblower has fulfilled relevant administrative requirements prior to filing suit...more

ALJ Rules that OFCCP Exceeded its Authority in Demanding Certain Employee Compensation Data from Google

by FordHarrison on

In January, the OFCCP filed an administrative complaint against Google for denying access to records in violation of applicable federal affirmative action laws and implementing regulations. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)...more

Executive Order Creating Steps for Regulatory Review and Reform Could Target Burdensome Employment Rules

by Littler on

On Friday, President Trump issued an executive order, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda ("the Order"), which calls for each federal agency to develop a regulatory reform task force to identify burdensome regulations for...more

Employment News - January 2017 #3

by Hogan Lovells on

Flesh on the bones? Pay gap reporting guidance published - When the draft Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations (the Regulations) were published in December 2016, the government promised further guidance to help employers...more

SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch's Judicial Conservatism May Benefit Employers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch could shape the U.S. Supreme Court for years to come because of the judge's relatively young age (49) and because he could be part of a conservative majority on the Court,...more

Gregory M. Gochanour Appointed Regional Attorney Of EEOC’s Chicago District Office

CHICAGO - Gregory M. Gochanour, who has worked in EEOC's Chicago District Office since 1993, first as trial attorney, and since 2001 as a supervisory trial attorney, has been appointed the District Office's regional attorney,...more

New 'Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC

Includes Selected Notable Federal Sector Decisions for Fiscal Year 2016 - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal...more

You Mean It’s Un-American to Hire Only Americans? DOJ Issues Final Rule on Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

If you thought it would be safer to require every new hire to be an American citizen—think again. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a new rule revising its prior regulations on Section 274B of the Immigration and...more

OFCCP Sues Google, Seeking Pay Data

On January 4, 2017, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sued Google, claiming that the tech giant is illegally withholding information about the compensation it provides its employees.  OFCCP seeks...more

Former CFO Awarded $1.9 Million In SOX Case

An ALJ at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently ruled that a former CFO was entitled to approximately $1.9 million in back pay, front pay, and compensatory damages, concluding that he was retaliated against in violation...more

Does the NLRA Protect Racist Insults by Picketing Workers?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A case currently under consideration in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals deserves watching. The case will determine whether the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects a picketing employee’s right to hurl racist...more

OSHA Issues New Whistleblower Guidelines

by Barley Snyder on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule on the procedures, processes, and timeframes for handling whistleblower complaints under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as for hearings...more

Restoring Decades-Old Precedent, the DOL Blows the Whistle on Fordham's "Fundamental Error"

by Littler on

On Friday, September 30, 2016, U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Administrative Review Board (ARB) issued its highly anticipated decision in Palmer v. Illinois Central Railroad Company, ARB No. 16-035 (2016), correcting its...more

Proskauer Joins Heads of SEC & OSHA Whistleblower Programs in Webinar

On September 27, 2016, Proskauer Partner Steven J. Pearlman, co-head of the Whistleblowing & Retaliation Practice Group, participated in a Bloomberg webinar with Jane Norberg, Acting Chief of the SEC Office of the...more

MCAD Hearing Officer Awards $50,000 Plus 12% Interest For Gender Identity Harassment

by Murtha Cullina on

A recent MCAD case illustrates the exposure companies doing business in Massachusetts face for: ..Strict liability for discriminatory and retaliatory acts committed by supervisors; ..Emotional distress damage awards...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Prompt Consideration of Whistleblower Carve-outs

The recent settlement of SEC enforcement actions concerning the Dodd Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions are prompting companies and their counsels to evaluate current and prospective severance and confidentiality agreements...more

OSHA Launches “Expedited Case Processing Pilot” For Whistleblower Claims

On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) launched a new pilot program, titled “Expedited Case Processing Pilot,” in its Western region. The program enables a complainant filing claims under whistleblower...more

Public Companies to Revise Employee Confidentiality and Severance Provisions

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued two Cease and Desist Orders that dramatically change the landscape for employee contractual confidentiality provisions, as well as for employee waiver and release...more

Standard Severance Agreements May Need to Be Revised

by Snell & Wilmer on

Many employers offer severance agreements to departing employees which, at least in part, are designed to protect the employer from disclosures of confidential information and from any future claims or recovery by the...more

Wisconsin District Court Follows 5th Circuit: Internal Tipsters Are Not Considered “Whistleblowers” Under Dodd-Frank

On August 12, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Lamb v. Rockwell Automation Inc., No. 15-CV-1415-JPS (E.D. Wis. Aug. 12, 2016) held that the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection provision...more

Tenth Circuit Orders Truck Driver Who Abandoned Trailer on Interstate Highway to be Reinstated with Backpay

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Tenth Circuit held that a trucking company unlawfully retaliated against a truck driver after he abandoned a trailer on a public highway, finding that his actions constituted a protected refusal to...more

Protecting Food Industry Whistleblowers: FDA, OSHA team up under FSMA

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2011, when the Food Safety Modernization Act was passed, it sought to revamp food safety in the United States. Since then, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been hard at work passing regulations to implement the...more

No Texas Hold ‘Em: Fifth Circuit Allows Texas to Challenge the EEOC Enforcement Guidance

A somewhat surprising decision in favor of the State of Texas was handed down from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 27, 2016, which held that (i) Texas had standing to challenge the Equal Employment Opportunity...more

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