Genetic Discrimination

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The Employment Law Authority - November/December 2015

A federal appellate court recently dismissed a lawsuit brought by a paramedic who claimed that his employer unlawfully placed him on alternative duty after he refused to participate in a wellness program. According to the...more

Health Conscious? The EEOC Is Expanding Incentives for Employees’ Spouses

Employee wellness programs are frequently a source of ulcer-causing angst for employers, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is making moves to treat some of the underlying issues. Late last week, the EEOC...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs and GINA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a proposed rule amending prior regulations under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) to address incentives in workplace wellness programs....more

U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Recent Complaint Filings and Trends

The end of the federal government fiscal year (September 30) always produces a flurry of activity from the EEOC, and this year was no different. Of the 157 lawsuits filed by the EEOC in fiscal year 2015, approximately 62 of...more

Bedford Weaving Sued for Genetic Information and Disability Discrimination

Company Asked Illegal Questions on Its Application and Failed to Hire an Employee Because of Her Disability, EEOC Charged - RICHMOND, Va. - Bedford Weaving, Inc., a broad loom fabric weaving manufacturer, violated...more

Are Wellness Programs Worth It?

Please see Chart below....more

Wacky Employee Claims: What Employers Can Learn From Outlandish Situations

Think you've heard every cautionary workplace tale? Believe it or not, you probably haven't – the real question is, how prepared are you to handle wildly unusual complaints, extreme accommodation requests, and highly awkward...more

Be Global - June 2015

Whistleblowing: An employer's guide to global compliance - As the global push to combat corruption in government, politics, civil society and business gathers pace, whistleblowing continues to be a topic of ever...more

The “Number Two” Reason on How to Avoid GINA Liability

It’s not often that it comes up, but at a recent presentation, I discussed the implications of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, 2008––“GINA”––with the audience. A slight digression is necessary: GINA, a...more

Canadian Employment News Series - June 2015

Employees and Independent Contractors: The Changing Nature of Employment - Organizations are increasingly retaining the services of individual contractors rather than hiring employees in order to increase the...more

Newly Revised Model FMLA Forms Are Now Available

With little fanfare and no advance notice, the Department of Labor (DOL) has posted new model Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. The previous model FMLA forms expired on February 28, 2015 (note the expiration date in the...more

DOL Issues Updated FMLA Notices and Forms Addressing GINA "Safe Harbor" Language Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new versions of the agency's template Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices and certification forms, which have been approved for use for the next three years.  The new...more

DOL Releases Updated FMLA Health Care Provider Certification Forms - Employers: Begin Using the New Forms Immediately; Note the...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published updated health care provider certification forms for employers to provide employees who request leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) due to any one of the...more

DOL Issues New FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor has finally issued new FMLA forms. These forms (WH-380-E, WH-380-F, WH-381, WH-382, WH-384, WH-385, and WH-385V) may be accessed from the DOL’s website. The prior FMLA forms expired well before the new...more

DOL Publishes New FMLA Forms -- Good Through May 2018

Those sneaky little rascals! While the rest of us were enjoying our Memorial Day holiday, those crazy kids over at the Department of Labor were still working away. This time, they were busy posting the new model FMLA notices...more

EEOC Officials Field Pointed Questions During Senate Committee Hearing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement strategies and ligation history came under fire from Republican members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday. During the hearing...more

EEOC Proposes Wellness Program Rule

In April 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that would amend the regulations and interpretive guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a proposed rule providing guidance on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employer-sponsored wellness programs. The issuance of the...more

Some Wellness Benefits are Taxable

My colleagues blogged on recent wellness guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the three agencies charged with enforcing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Department of Treasury, the Department...more

EEOC Sues BNV Home Care Agency for Violating Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

BNV Home Care Agency Unlawfully Asked for Genetic Information From Applicants and Employees, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - BNV Home Care Agency, Inc., a New York City home care services agency which provides...more

Nexsen Pruet Employment Law Update - March 10, 2014: Should Employers "Get Physicial"?

Many employers require that applicants pass a pre-employment medical exam to ensure they are physically capable of doing the job. Employers should be aware that pre-employment medical exams, while not categorically barred,...more

Labor and Employment: EEOC Settles GINA Discrimination Lawsuit with New York Employer

On January 13, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced it had reached a settlement with Founders Pavilion, Inc. (Founders), a former nursing and rehabilitation center located in Corning, New York....more

Tell Me About Your Family. On Second Thought, Don’t Tell Me

Founders Pavilion, Inc., a skilled nursing facility, sent prospective employees for preemployment physicals. As part of the physicals, an independent physician requested the prospective employee’s family medical history as...more

Tell Me About Your Family. On Second Thought, Don't Tell Me

Founders Pavilion, Inc., a skilled nursing facility, sent prospective employees for preemployment physicals. As part of the physicals, an independent physician requested the prospective employee's family medical history as...more

Nursing Home Settles Genetic Information Discrimination Lawsuit

On January 13, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") announced the former operator of a nursing home and rehabilitation center in Corning, New York had agreed to pay $370,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by...more

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