EEOC Catches Up on Backlog of Discrimination Claims

In its just-released Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for fiscal 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says it is "rebuilding" and reducing its backlog of discrimination claims needing action. Though a record number of of claims–99,992–were filed in the fiscal year, the inventory of claims to resolve rose less than 1 percent, from 85,768 […]

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Inflation Stays Flat, and So Do Retirement Savings Limits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced dollar limits for tax-deferred retirement savings accounts for 2011, and, reflecting a flat cost-of-living index for 2010, has left those limits virtually unchanged for the new year. For instance, the limit for 401(k), 457(b) and 403(b) plans remains unchanged at $16,500, with health savings accounts (HSA) holding steady […]

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NLRB Seeks to Protect Workers from Social Media Retaliation

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is increasingly more pro-employee under the Obama administration, is suing American Medical Response (AMR) of Connecticut for firing an employee over remarks she posted on her Facebook page. Annemarie Souza, an emergency medical technician, was sacked after an incident in which a supervisor asked her to respond to […]

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EEOC Now Pursuing Obesity Discrimination Claims Under ADAAA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), tasked with pursuing discrimination claims under a variety of federal laws, has broken new ground by filing a lawsuit for obesity discrimination under the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA). The ADAAA greatly expands the definition of disability and makes it just as illegal to discriminate against the actually […]

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OFCCP Will Cease Including I-9 Audits During Its Visits

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which conducts compliance audits of firms with federal contracts, has announced that it will no longer inspect I-9 employee eligibility forms during its visits. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), OFCCP had previously verified I-9 compliance and reported violations to ICE. […]

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E-Verify Now Features Passport Photo Match Capabilities

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas yesterday (Nov. 10, 2010) announced the addition of a passport and passport card verification feature on the government’s online E-Verify employee eligibility system. “U.S. passport photo matching is another in the long line of enhancements we have made to improve the integrity of the E-Verify […]

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Final GINA Regulations Finally Released, Almost a Year Later

It’s taken 12 months, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released its final regulations for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The regulations will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, and they will go into full effect 60 days thereafter. GINA prohibits the asking or procurement of genetic information about an applicant […]

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ICE Audits Can Snowball into Mass Agency Visits

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials report that they conducted 2,200 on-site audits of businesses in FY 2010 to verify employees’ eligibility to work in the United States, resulting in a record $50 million-plus in fines. ICE, the enforcement wing of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), no longer stages round-ups of suspected illegal immigrants […]

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Disability Discrimination and Retaliation Top List of EEOC Lawsuits

October 31 marked the end of the first month of the federal government’s fiscal year 2011, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had filed 19 lawsuits against private employers during the month. Tied for the most lawsuits were disability discrimination and retaliation. Oddly enough, with the broadening of the definition of […]

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