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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Publishes Its Annual Performance Report

Earlier this month, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”) issued its annual Performance and Accountability Report, which highlights the Commission’s enforcement activity over the...more

NLRB Takes Aim (Again) at Non-Unionized Employee Handbook

This month, NLRB Judge Robert A. Ringler struck down numerous policies (17 in total) in a non-unionized employee handbook, concluding that those policies all violated Sections 7 and/or 8 of the National Labor Relations Act....more

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Seeks Public Input on Proposed Harassment Enforcement Guidance

On January 10, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had released for public input its proposed enforcement guidance on unlawful harassment under federal employment discrimination laws....more

New OSHA Rule Impacts Employer Drug Testing Policies

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its new final rule to "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses." The new rule is meant to prevent employers from...more

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance on Women’s Rights in the Workplace

On June 14, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) participated in the White House United State of Women Summit. Coinciding with the Summit, the EEOC issued three resource documents that...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Sick Leave for Employees

On September 8, 2015, President Obama signed an Executive Order that will require companies that contract with the federal government to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The Order will become effective in 2017....more

Transgender Issues in the Workplace

Since 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken the position that transgender individuals are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). The EEOC...more

Temps May Have Multiple Employers

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a temporary agency employee could be deemed an employee of the customer company as well as the temporary agency. The Fourth Circuit adopted a hybrid test and set forth...more

EEOC Issues Guidance - Best Practices for Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII. The EEOC recently issued new Enforcement Guidance to ensure employers treat women...more

Best Practices for Employer Background Checks

There are many clear benefits in performing background checks, such as screening out candidates who give incomplete or inaccurate information on their application, or are not suitable for the job due to relevant criminal...more

Wondering what the Department of Labor will be doing this year? Here's what the agency says:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), it plans to increase its emphasis on audits and prosecutions of minimum wage and overtime violations, to increase its scrutiny of independent contractor classifications, and to...more

NLRB upends legality of employer email policies

On December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its opinion in Purple Communications, Inc. The NLRB decided employee use of email for statutorily protected communications on nonworking time must...more

EEOC Files Contempt Action Against Employer for Alleged Breach of Settlement Agreement

On December 3, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a press release announcing that it has filed a contempt action in Federal court against a Charlotte-based employer. In that action, the EEOC...more

President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Policy

On November 21, 2014, President Obama made an announcement regarding several areas of US immigration policy. The most significant was to address approximately 4.4 million aliens living in the US without documentation. His...more

Publix to Pay $6.8 Million for Alleged FCRA Violations

Publix Super Markets Inc. has agreed to pay $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over the supermarket chain’s background check procedures. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers must provide prior...more

I-9 Forms, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, EB-5 Visas, and Reform Q&A - This month in Immigration

I-9 Audits - A fine for a couple of I-9 violations pales in comparison to the $34 million settlement paid by Infosys in 2012 for repeated I-9 violations and omissions discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement...more

Employers Should Assess Background Checking Procedures to Avoid Running Afoul of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

There has been a recent uptick in class action litigation initiated by job applicants claiming that employers violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the FCRA) in the manner they procured and used consumer reports about the...more

NLRB Reconsiders Employee Use of E-mail Systems

Under current law, employees have no statutory right to use their employer-provided email for Section 7 purposes. However, on April 30, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) released a Notice and...more

California Court Issues Important Decisions Regarding Fitness for Duty Evaluations Following FMLA Leave

In the case of White v. County of Los Angeles, the California Court of Appeals recently considered whether an employer may seek its own medical evaluation of an employee’s fitness for duty, even when the employee’s treating...more

Employers Must Be Prepared for I-9 and E-Verify Inspections - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Inspection of Forms I-9...

Has ICE Been Busy in 2013? What to Expect if You Get a Notice of Inspection - On November 6, 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act required employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of their...more

Retirement Plan Fee Litigation Finds Its Way to North Carolina

Over the last few years, we have seen a significant increase in litigation involving the fees paid by retirement plans. However, until recently, no major litigation had occurred in North Carolina. On March 12, 2014, one of...more

EEOC Publishes Guidance on Employment Rights Related to Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

On March 6, 2014, in an effort to answer questions about how federal employment discrimination law applies to religious dress and grooming practices, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a...more

Employees May Affirmatively Decline To Use FMLA Leave - When Requesting Leave for An FMLA-Covered Reason, According to the Ninth...

In a decision filed on February 25, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that employees may affirmatively decline to use leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), even if the...more

New Employer Mandate Relief

Final regulations issued on February 12, 2014 contain significant new relief from the employer mandate’s shared responsibility penalty under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for 2015. Previous guidance delayed...more

Fourth Circuit Rules That Temporary Impairments May Be ADA Covered Disabilities

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appellate court covering North Carolina, among other states, recently ruled that a temporary impairment may be a covered disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

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