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The EEOC on Pregnancy, Reasonable Accommodation, and Religion

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Recent Views from the EEOC Charlotte District Office - Thomas M. Colclough, Deputy District Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Charlotte District, spoke on October 6th at Ward and Smith's Labor...more

The “Mark of the Devil” and Religious Discrimination

Although Halloween is only a few days behind us, employers should take note of a “devilish” decision from a Pennsylvania federal court in a discrimination case late last month....more

Halloween at work: Don’t get BOOed by your employees!

by FordHarrison on

Halloween can be such a fun holiday for kids of all ages. When October 31st falls on a weekday, as it does this year, ghoulish fun will certainly creep its way into the workplace. How can you, as a human resources...more

EEOC Sues Publix Super Markets For Religious Discrimination

Company Refused to Provide a Reasonable Accommodation for Rastafarian Employee's Dreadlocks, Federal Agency Charges - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Florida-based grocer Publix Super Markets, Inc. violated federal law by refusing to...more

Mandatory Flu Vaccination Policies: Time for a Check-Up

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

After a measles outbreak at Disneyland spread to 134 Californians and residents in six other states and two other countries, California adopted a law removing “personal belief” exemptions from vaccinating children in public...more

New IHRA Amendment on Religious Accommodations: What Does It Mean for Illinois Employers?

A recent amendment (Public Act 100-0100) to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) makes clear that employers in Illinois may have dress codes or grooming policies for the purposes of maintaining workplace safety or food...more

K&L Gates Triage: Avoiding the Risks Associated with Mandatory Vaccination Programs

by K&L Gates LLP on

This episode discusses the risks associated with mandatory employee vaccination programs and practical tips for health care entities on how to minimize these risks from an employment law perspective. In particular, this...more

WPI State of the States: State Legislatures and Governors Turn Up the Heat

by Littler on

As the dog days of summer settle in, most statehouses have closed up shop. Legislatures in approximately 12 states remain in regular session, however, with a couple more active in special session. Roughly 200 labor and...more

Best practices for employers under the EEOC’s new strategic enforcement plan

by McAfee & Taft on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced its “Strategic Enforcement Plan” for years 2017 to 2021. The 2017 plan replaces the earlier version, issued in 2012, but is not a radical departure from the previous...more

Failure To Accommodate Sincere Religious Beliefs Can Be A Costly Mistake For Employers

Last week, in the case of EEOC v. Consul Energy, Inc., the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $586,860 judgment for a coal miner who claimed that his employer (Consul Energy) failed to accommodate his religious beliefs and...more

The Devil is in the ... Biometric Scanner? Fourth Circuit Finds Employer Failed to Accommodate Employee’s Religious Belief

Just how far do you have to go to accommodate an employee’s off-the-beaten-path religious belief? The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that you at least have to give the same accommodations you give to disabled...more

Don’t Quarrel Over Scripture

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a jury verdict in favor of the EEOC in a Title VII religious discrimination claim. At issue was the use of a biometric scanner as a time clock. EEOC v. Consol Energy, Inc....more

EEOC Sues XPO Last Mile for Religious Discrimination

EEOC Sues XPO Last Mile for Religious Discrimination Logistics Company Rescinded Job Offer to Jewish Employee Who Could Not Work on Rosh Hashanah, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - XPO Last Mile, Inc., a logistics...more

Avoiding Illegal Termination of Employees in Nevada

by Dickinson Wright on

One of the many challenges for employers is that, occasionally, employees must be terminated. Unfortunately, sometimes those former employees claim to have been terminated illegally, giving rise to the risk of legal and...more

Check Your Map: The Changing Landscape of Reasonable Accommodation

by Zelle LLP on

We recently helped a client work through a collection of reasonable accommodation issues. In doing so, we realized that we were dealing with questions that wouldn’t have come up 10 years ago, or maybe even 5 years ago. ...more

Carolina Company Sued by EEOC for Alleged Religious Discrimination

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it filed a lawsuit last month against a South Carolina company that allegedly refused to accommodate a truck driver’s religious beliefs. The employee apparently...more

March A-Wear-Ness: Uniforms, Dress Codes, and Employee Choice

The basketball court isn’t the only place you’ll see interesting uniforms this month. Many employers choose to implement and enforce their own uniform requirements and dress codes at work. But if done incorrectly, uniforms...more

Is There a Tree? No, There’s a Pole…

“Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way…a Festivus for the rest of us.” What...more

How to Keep Your Holiday Party off of the Naughty List

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

With the holiday season officially upon us, many employers are finalizing plans to host a party for their employees. These festivities offer a time for colleagues to celebrate the year’s accomplishments, to extend season’s...more

Appearance code quiz for employers!

How much can you do – and not do – about your employees’ personal appearance and grooming? Take this quiz and find out! As usual, I’ll have the answers at the end, so if you get one wrong, no one but you will know....more

Employers May Need To Offer Accomodations To Job Applicants And EMPLOYEES Even If They Do Not Ask For An Accomodation

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Most employers maintain either formal or informal grooming and appearance policies. These policies address the employee’s personal appearance while at work including hairstyle, jewelry, tattoos, piercings, head coverings and...more

The “Onionhead” Case: Fringe Beliefs And Reverse Religious Discrimination By Employers

Onionhead is this incredibly pure, wise and adorable character who teaches us how to name it – claim it – tame it – aim it. He wants everyone to know how they feel and then know what to do with those feelings. He helps us...more

Men without hardhats: where freedom of religion loses out to workplace safety

by Dentons on

Freedom of religion and the duty to accommodate within the workplace context is a highly important issue in Québec given the discrimination provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the Québec...more

EEOC Continues its “Fight” Against Mandatory Flu Vaccines

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Following up on a post from last week on the issue of mandatory flu vaccine policies, the EEOC seems to be on a march to challenge any employer – particularly hospitals – that denies an employee a requested exemption from a...more

‘Tis The Season for Sneezin’ – Where Does The Law Stand On Mandatory Flu Vaccines?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Fall is in the air – when the air becomes crisp, our thoughts turn to Halloween, turkey and — thanks to constant reminders — and our annual flu vaccine. Many health care facilities have implemented policies which...more

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