DOL Proposal Expands Eligibility of FMLA Leave for Military, Airline Flight Crews

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed new rules regarding the eligibility of military family members and airline flight crews under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The proposed language would extend the entitlement of military caregiver leave to family members of veterans for up to five years after leaving the military. At […]

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Retaliation Charges Up in Fiscal Year 2011 EEOC Filings

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 36,344 retaliation complaints in fiscal year 2011, an increase of three percent from the year prior, making them the largest single block of filings. In all, the EEOC fielded 99,947 discrimination complaints, a slight increase from the previous year's 99,922. Fiscal year 2011 ended Sept. 30. Through its […]

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OSHA Form 300A Injury and Illness Summary Must Be Posted by Feb. 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, must be posted in a conspicuous location by Feb. 1 of each year and left up for viewing until April 30. The summary lists only numbers of affected employees by category. Companies that operate in more than one location must […]

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OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Approval Delayed

The 90-day review period for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM) passed yesterday (Jan. 23, 2012) with no approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which must review all regulations for economic impact and other issues. The OMB Web site, however, indicates that its review will be […]

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UCSD Med Center Settles Over I-9 Discrimination Charge

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and its Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Discrimination announced that the University of California San Diego Medical Center has reached a "six-figure" settlement over its practice of requiring excessive documentation from noncitizen employees during the Form I-9 work authorization process. Specifically, the DOJ says UCSD committed "document abuse"  by […]

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EEOC Seeks Commentary on New Strategic Plan for FY 2012-2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is seeking commentary on its proposed Fiscal Year 2012-2016 Strategic Plan. The draft plan envisions three strategic goals: 1) "to combat employment discrimination through strategic law enforcement"; 2) "to prevent employment discrimination through education and outreach" and by establishing community partnerships; and 3) "to ensure that the EEOC delivers […]

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OSHA Orders Pilot Reinstated after Retaliation Termination for Reporting Mechanical Problems

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines Co., to reinstate a former pilot who was fired after reporting numerous mechanical concerns. The agency also has ordered that the pilot be paid more than $1 million in back wages plus interest and […]

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Top 10 OSHA Willful, Repeat and Serious Violations of 2011

Willful violations, with fines of up to $70,000, occur when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) deems the accident to have been due to complete indifference to or disregard for OSHA safety standards. The agency just released its list of the Top 10 willful and repeat violations, which are: Excavation protective system, 84 violations […]

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Wal-Mart Case Illustrates Importance of Employee Handbook Detail and Accuracy

A court case involving Wal-Mart that dates back to 2006 but is still making its way through appeals underscores the importance of the language — and promises — made in employee handbooks. A Pennsylvania court awarded some 187,000 current and former Wal-Mart and Sam's Club employees in the state $187.6 million in back wages, liquidated […]

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HHS Cites Trustmark for ‘Unreasonable’ Health Insurance Premium Increases

Health insurance premium increases in five states have been deemed “unreasonable” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced recently. After independent expert review, HHS determined that Trustmark Life Insurance Company has proposed unreasonable health insurance premium increases in five states—Alabama, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wyoming.  The excessive rate […]

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