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What the White House 2019 Budget Proposals Tell Us About Future Labor and Employment Policy Reforms

On February 12, 2018, the White House released its fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget plan and sent it to Capitol Hill just a week after signing a two-year budget deal lifting the spending caps for 2018 and reopening the...more

Goodbye, Guidance? Feds Limit Power Of Agency Guidance Documents - New Justice Department Policy Could Aid Employers Defending...

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A short policy memorandum quietly issued by the U.S. Department of Justice’s No. 3 official late last month could end up having positive implications for employers defending claims brought by the federal government. The...more

Updating Guidelines And Asking For Dough: EEOC’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan & 2019 Budget Request

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: This month the EEOC released its 2018-2022 strategic plan, which focuses on preventing and combating discrimination and improving the EEOC’s organizational functionality. It also released the agency’s 2019...more

President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal Signals Cuts to Labor and Employment Funding

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President Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 indicates the administration intends to scale back the Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). ...more

Employment Law This Week®: NLRB Considers Case-Processing Changes, New EEOC Sexual Harassment Guidance, DOJ Memos on False Claims...

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We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Fourth Circuit Revives Equal Pay Act Claim, Imposes Tougher Summary Judgment Standard

In U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Maryland Insurance Administration, No. 16-2408 (January 5, 2018), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the application of the summary judgment standard to a claim...more

2017’s Top Ten Employment Discrimination Claims

Late last month, a report was released on the number of workplace discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during fiscal year 2017, which ran from October 1, 2016 through...more

EEOC's Background Check Guidance Suffers Loss in Texas Federal Court

by Littler on

On February 1, 2018, a federal judge enjoined the EEOC and U.S. Attorney General from enforcing against the State of Texas the EEOC’s 2012 Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in...more

Volvo Reaches $70k Settlement In Disability Discrimination Suit After Refusing To Hire Applicant On Suboxone

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Volvo Group North America, LLC will pay $70,000 and institute a three-year consent decree to resolve a federal disability discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). According to...more

Fiscal Year 2017 EEOC Statistics are Here (and So Is Retaliation!)

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week the EEOC released its annual report breaking down charges received during the fiscal year. In fiscal year 2017, the agency received 84,254 charges and took in $398 million between voluntary resolutions and...more

Back to the Drawing Board: Employer Wellness Program Uncertainty in Light of AARP v. EEOC

by K&L Gates LLP on

Despite a rapidly growing and changing compliance landscape, employers have continued to offer wellness programs in an effort to control rising health-care costs and improve employees’ overall health and productivity. In...more

Federal Appeals Court Breathes New Life Into Pay Equity Claim, While Imposing Higher Standard On Employers

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The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals just forced a public employer back into court to defend itself against a pay equity claim after a lower court had dismissed the lawsuit and cleared the employer from wrongdoing. In...more

Supreme Court Rejects Disabled Employee’s Bid to Revive His $2.6 Million ADA Jury Verdict: Why You Should Still Regularly Update...

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On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court rejected an employee’s petition for review of a decision in Stevens v Rite Aid Corporation. Stevens sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) for alleged discriminatory...more

No Religious Bias Against Hospital Employee Who Refused to Get Flu Shot

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Mandatory vaccines and flu shots present challenges to employers attempting to accommodate the sincerely held religious beliefs of employees. In this case, a hospital worker claimed that he was terminated...more

2017’s Top 5 Most Intriguing Developments in EEOC-Initiated Litigation (And A Preview of Our Annual EEOC Litigation Report)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: We are once again pleased to offer our loyal blog readers a breakdown of the five most intriguing developments in EEOC litigation in 2017, in addition to a pre-publication preview of our annual report on...more

The EEO 1 Instruction Booklet A Little Known Resource for Filing Season

The 2017 EEO-1 report must be filed by March 31, 2018. An often overlooked resource for companies that are required to file EEO-1 reports is the EEO-1 Instruction Booklet. The EEO-1 Instruction Booklet contains valuable...more

Immediate Strategies for Responding to the #MeToo Movement and Harassment in the Workplace

As a result of troubling personal accounts of sexual harassment that have permeated coverage on national media outlets and our social media accounts during the past few months, employers may appropriately question whether...more

EEOC Warning: Confidentiality Provisions of Settlement Agreements Cannot Restrict An Employee’s Right To File EEOC Charges

The flurry of high-profile harassment allegations across various industries has drawn the public’s attention to the issue of sexual harassment over the past several months. Unsurprisingly, it has also resulted in increased...more

It May Be A New World For Sexual Harassment, But Many Old Rules Still Apply

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In the weeks since allegations began to surface regarding the sexually predatory behavior of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment allegations (sometimes admitted and sometimes disputed) against powerful, prominent...more

That’s a Wrap! Highlights in Labor & Employment from 2017

This year has brought about many changes to the world of labor and employment law. This newsletter highlights a few of the most important developments from 2017 that will carry forward in 2018 and beyond, why they matter, and...more

EEOC Earns First-Ever Title VII Court Win In LGBT Discrimination Case - 3 Things Employers Need To Know About Landmark LGBT Ruling

by Fisher Phillips on

The federal watchdog agency that oversees federal antidiscrimination law just scored a milestone victory when a judge awarded $55,500 to a telemarketer who alleged to have been forced off the job because of sexual orientation...more

EEOC Scores Victory in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuit

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increasingly focused its enforcement initiatives on prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace. Now, the agency has a concrete...more

District Court Awards Punitive Damages In Sex-Based Harassment EEOC Suit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In E.E.O.C. v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C. No. CV 16-225, 2017 WL 5493975, at *2 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 16, 2017), a default judgement of liability was entered against the defendant company for sex-based...more

Oklahoma jury awards transgender employee $1.165 million

by McAfee & Taft on

The courts, the Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hold differing views on whether Title VII prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sexual identity....more

Employment Law This Week®: New York Employee Scheduling Regulations, NLRB General Counsel Confirmed, Decrease in EEOC Charge...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

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