District Court Says NLRB ‘Quickie’ Election Rules Can Go Forward

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, denied a motion to block the implementation of "quickie" union election rules promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), so the rules will go into effect as planned, today, April 30. The court indicated it would issue a full […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

DOL Withdraws Controversial Rule on Child Labor in Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations: "The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and respecting the rural way of life, especially the role that parents and other family members play in passing […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

NLRB Issues Guidance, Q&A on New Union Election Rules Effective Monday

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon has issued guidance to clarify representational issues during union organizing elections, and the board itself has published online a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the same subject. Both actions came in anticipation of the new union organizing rules that take effect Monday, April […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

EEOC Issues Guidance on Using Arrest, Conviction Records in Hiring

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued an updated Enforcement Guidance on employer use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (Title VII). The commission today voted 4-1 to approve the guidance document.  The commission also issued a […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

EEOC Declares That Transgender Persons Are Protected Under Title VII

The five-member panel comprising the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has declared that transgender individuals are protected against discrimination in employment by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 under the "sex" provision of that law. The ruling was made April 20 but not released until Monday evening (April 23, 2012). The parties […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

Maryland First to Ban Employers from Asking for Social Media Passwords

While Congress and other states debate the issue, Maryland has become the first government to make it illegal for employers to ask job applicants and employees for access to their social media accounts, or to retaliate for their refusing to do so. The law takes effect Oct. 1, 2012. The Maryland ACLU brought the issue […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

Court Upholds Severe Obesity as an ADA-Protected Disability

Resources for Human Development, Inc. (RHD), doing business as Family House of Louisiana, a treatment facility for chemically dependent women and their children, will pay $125,000 to settle a disability discrimination suit filed in September 2010 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency has announced. The court-approved settlement resolves the charge of […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

EEOC to Consider, Vote on New Regulations Regarding Criminal Background Checks

At its regularly scheduled April 25 meeting, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will vote on new enforcement guidance on the use of criminal background checks in pre-employment hiring decisions. It is expected that the new guidelines will considerably strengthen the existing 1987 standards, making it more difficult for employers to use such checks to […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

Hotels Scramble to Meet May 21 Deadline to Install ADA-Compliant Pool Lifts

Hotels and other public facilities across the nation are rushing to bring their swimming pools up to 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pool standards that mandated the installation of chair lifts to enable disabled swimmers to enter the water. Complicating the scene is a backlog of orders at the lift manufacturers; for owners of […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top

Appeals Court Issues Temporary Injunction Against NLRA Employee Rights Poster

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., today blocked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from requiring American businesses to post its NLRA Employee Rights Poster by April 30, issuing a temporary injunction to stop the mandate. The injunction follows on the heels of a federal court's decision in South Carolina this past Friday that […]

Read the rest of this entry »
GoTo top Top