Employee Rights

Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -
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EEOC Adopts Controversial Positions in Recently Issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy and Related Issues

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), over the dissent of two of its five members, issued an Enforcement Guidance (Guidance) on pregnancy and related issues. While the Guidance does not...more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination to help employers comply with both the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Americans with...more

Update: The NLRB and Employment-At-Will Policies in 2014

We originally addressed this topic on November 9, 2012, discussing the National Labor Relations Board’s scrutiny of employer handbooks containing employment-at-will provisions. Since these disclaimers are widely used in...more

Public Sector Unions Take a Hit in Recent Supreme Court Decision

The United States Supreme Court recently held in Harris v. Quinn that the First Amendment protects certain "quasi-public" employees from being forced to pay fees to a public sector labor union that they don't support. While...more

Interns and employment issues

1. Are interns employees? This is an important question with a big impact on the individual concerned and what remuneration and rights they are entitled to. And the answer is…it depends. The main determining factor is...more

Can Watching Grandchildren Entitle Employee To FMLA Leave?

As all employers covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are well aware, that Act requires them to provide up to 12 weeks of leave to employees providing care to covered family members with a serious health...more

Significant Changes Proposed to Ontario’s Workplace Laws

Ontario’s government introduced workplace legislation on July 16, 2014 that would affect five labour and employment statutes in the province. Significant changes that are proposed in the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger...more

Ban the Box in Indiana: What Employers Need to Know

Companies are rethinking the single check box on employment applications that inquire about an applicant’s criminal history. Over sixty cities and counties have taken steps toward eliminating job application barriers that...more

The EEOC's New Pregnancy Guidance

Many of you may have heard about the new pregnancy Guidance which was issued by the EEOC this week, as the EEOC distributed it to the mainstream media....more

USDOL Brief Elaborates Upon "Intern" Views

We wrote some time ago about a lower federal court's determination in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures that at least two unpaid interns were "employees" for federal Fair Labor Standards Act purposes. ...more

Quirky Question #235, Payment of Wages – Better Late Than Never Is Half Right

Question: My company was in a tight spot last month with cash flow and we had to delay payroll by a few days. We did end up paying everyone what they were owed. I now have an employee, however, who is claiming the late...more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

Most employers are generally familiar with the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and its prohibition of employment discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related medical conditions. On July 14,...more

New EEOC Guidance Expands Protections and Requires Accommodations for Pregnant Employees (and Reaffirms Rights for Dads, Too!)

Earlier this week, the EEOC issued new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination, warning employers of their obligation to provide pregnant employees reasonable accommodations in the workplace and giving employers...more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues. The guidance, accompanied by related Questions and Answers and a Fact Sheet for Small...more

Employment Law Blog: Pregnancy Discrimination & The Accommodation Debate

On Monday, July 14, the EEOC issued guidance relating to its current interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Act’s interaction with the ADA and other laws. ...more

EEOC Issues Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-anticipated Enforcement Guidance: Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (Guidance). The Guidance is controversial on several fronts....more

An In-Depth Look At The EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidance On Pregnancy

This past Monday, July 14, a divided EEOC issued its new guidance, which supersedes the 1983 chapter on pregnancy discrimination in its Compliance Manual. It also issued a Q&A and a Fact Sheet. A lot has happened since 1983,...more

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: What Else the Hobby Lobby Decision means

Whether you are a friend or foe of the Hobby Lobby decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court this past Monday, citizens must know the very real and far-reaching consequences of the decision. This...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

Clients often call with questions regarding their need to provide accommodations to pregnant women. In fact, I received such a call last week and was working through a particularly complicated issue when the Equal Employment...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, along with a question and answer sheet and a Fact Sheet for Small Businesses....more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidelines telling employers that refusing to give reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers is illegal under federal law. The guidelines...more

EEOC expands pregnancy discrimination definitions - New guidance increases employer obligations to pregnant employees

Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its first enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues (“the Guidance”) in 31 years. The Guidance, which offers an expanded...more

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

Yesterday, by a 3-to-2 vote of commissioners, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved a new guidance on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). The first comprehensive update on the subject of...more

Independent Contractors for Global Organizations

As the global market grows seemingly smaller, more and more companies are expanding their reach around the world. Some companies send U.S. employees overseas, while others hire locally, or even utilize local independent...more

EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance On Pregnancy Discrimination And Related Issues

Fact Sheet for Small Businesses and Question and Answer Document Also Released - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and...more

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