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EEOC Sues Tiny’s Organic for Pregnancy Discrimination

Company Fired Supervisor Expecting Twins, Federal Agency Charges - WENATCHEE, Wash. - Wenatchee fruit grower Tiny's Organic violated federal law by firing a farm worker for becoming pregnant, the U.S. Equal Employment...more

Workplace-Diversity Data Continues To Drive Awareness in Silicon Valley

The technology industry has been criticized in recent years for its lack of diversity in its mostly male workforce as advocates call on companies to be more transparent with their demographic information. Apple Inc. is one of...more

U.S. Labor Department Awards $10.2 Million to 19 States to Help Finance Their Crackdown on Independent Contractor...

The news from Washington, D.C. yesterday is that the U.S. Department of Labor is funding 19 states’ efforts to crack down on businesses that unwittingly or intentionally fail to make unemployment contributions for individuals...more

The Scope of Commercial General Liability Policies Continues to Shrink

Watch out for those Employment Practice Liability “EPL” exclusions. The courts have routinely upheld these exclusions now explicitly added to both the Coverage A (bodily injury and property damage) and the Coverage B...more

OFCCP Releases Proposed Rule Prohibiting Adverse Action Against Employees and Applicants Discussing Pay

On September 15, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Proposed Rule”) implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13665 (“EO 13665”) banning...more

EEOC Sues Pharmacy Solutions for Pregnancy Discrimination

Pharmacy's Owner Fired Two Pregnant Employees Within Weeks of Each Other, Federal Agency Charges - DALLAS -Tomeldon Company, Inc., d/b/a Pharmacy Solutions, an Arlington, Texas pharmaceutical compounding business,...more

ICE I-9 Audit Leads to $2 Million Fine Against Hotel

When an employer becomes the subject of an enforcement audit by ICE and I-9 violations are discovered, civil fines for simple paperwork violations – even if no undocumented workers are discovered – will range from $110 to...more

Dutch Tax Plan 2015 and other changes in Dutch tax law

Today, the Dutch Ministry of Finance published its Tax Plan 2015 (hereinafter: Tax Plan). The Tax Plan primarily has an impact on citizens of the Netherlands, especially employees. The impact for the business community...more

Autoimmune diseases and workers’ compensation

Many people in Illinois, and throughout the United States, suffer from autoimmune diseases. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, approximately one in five people in the U.S. suffer from an...more

Inside or Outside? How to Best Perform Your Company’s Social Media Background Check

No employer wants its employee’s bad behavior at work to become the next viral video. So it is not surprising that more employers have started using social media in the hiring process to screen out candidates who post...more

Back To Basics: A Divided Seventh Circuit Upholds Indiana’s “Right To Work” Law

In 2012, Indiana enacted the “Indiana Right to Work Act”, prohibiting unions from requiring an individual, as a condition of employment, to 1) become or remain a member of a labor organization; 2) pay dues, fees, assessments,...more

“Discipline” included “dismissal”: employer did not breach safety-reprisal settlement when it dismissed employee after harassment...

An employer that dismissed an employee after a harassment investigation did not breach a previous safety-reprisal settlement with the employee, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has held. In effect, the employer never...more

California Enacts State-Wide Paid Employee Sick Leave Law

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1522 (the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014”) and made California the second state in the nation (after Connecticut) to enact a state-wide law...more

Updates To OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule

All businesses need to be aware the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its recordkeeping rule to improve timeliness and accuracy of reports it receives relating to fatalities and severe...more

DOS Visa Office Provides Update on EB-2 India Visa Demand and Priority Date Cutoff

New updates and projections regarding demand in the employment-based second preference immigrant visa category for individuals chargeable to India have been provided....more

District of Columbia’s Ban-the-Box Legislation

On August 21, 2014, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed citywide ban-the-box legislation, formally titled the “Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014” (“Act”) ( D.C. Act 20-422). ...more

New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division rules that physicians’ damages for breach of contract with hospital are limited to...

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division recently ruled that the damages a physician-independent contractor can recover are limited to those sustained during a notice period in the physician’s contract. The decision...more

The Ambushed Fiduciary: Does Authority over a Corporate Account Cross the Line?

Corporate officers can wear two hats under ERISA: the corporate officer hat or the ERISA fiduciary hat. Actions taken wearing the corporate officer hat are traditionally not fiduciary functions. The courts recognize that...more

OSHA Announces Final Rule Changing List of Establishments Required to Keep Records and Reporting of Work-Related Injuries

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule changing the list of establishments required to keep records and reporting of work-related injuries. The new rule goes...more

France: A Court of Appeals Decision Provides Helpful Guidance Regarding an Employer’s Obligations When Consulting with Employee...

Before agreeing and executing a business sale involving a transfer of a business, an international publishing company (Wolters Kluwer) consulted its works council. The works council refused to deliver its opinion and issued...more

England and Wales: Tribunal Fees...One Year On

What are they? Since 29 July 2013, a prospective claimant must pay a fee before they can issue a claim in the employment tribunal. The claimant must also pay a further (and much higher) fee at a second stage, usually...more

Analytics and . . . Employment Law?

Moneyball (both book and movie versions) portrays a baseball team’s general manager, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt in the movie), who eschewed conventional wisdom and instead relied on data analytics to build a successful team on a...more

OSHA Changes Reporting Requirements for Work-Related Accidents

On September 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), announced a final rule amending its injury and illness recording and reporting requirements. Although the rule has...more

Wage Garnishments—A Big Problem with Solutions on the Horizon

Today, much-needed attention is being paid to wage garnishments. National Public Radio (NPR) released a story concerning the increasing use of wage garnishments to collect debts. The NPR piece relies on a report also released...more

New EEOC Report Identifies Common Errors by Federal Agencies in Dismissing Discrimination Complaints on Procedural Grounds

One-Third of Agency Dismissals Are Reversed and Remanded by EEOC - WASHINGTON - As part of its continuing efforts to improve the federal sector complaint process, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)...more

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