Same-Sex Spouse Definition for FMLA on Hold

We spoke too soon, as a U.S. district judge in Texas has placed a temporary hold on the new definition of spouse for FMLA purposes, contrary to our earlier report below. The hold arises from a lawsuit filed by attorneys general in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Nebraska, which argues that the new definition violates the […]

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EBSA Releases Fact Sheet on Its ERISA Enforcement

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), part of the Department of Labor (DOL), in a just-released Fact Sheet says its enforcement activities in fiscal year 2014 restored $599.7 million to employee benefit plans, participants and beneficiaries. EBSA is tasked with watchdog duties for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). In FY 2014, the agency […]

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EEOC Task Force to Study Harassment in the Workplace

Jenny R. Yang, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today announced the membership of the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. At a public meeting on the topic of Workplace Harassment held January, 2015, Yang announced the formation of the Select Task Force, which will examine the […]

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DOL Extends Comment Period for Contractors’ Sex Discrimination Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a two-week extension of the comment period for its proposed rule governing the obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors not to discriminate on the basis of sex in their employment practices. The extension ensures that the public has time to comment on the impact of the U.S. Supreme […]

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A Tale of Two Lawsuits

Former UPS driver Kathy Young, who accused that firm of pregnancy discrimination, will have her day in court again, but Ellen Pao, who accused her firm of gender discrimination and retaliation, is walking away empty-handed. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that Ms. Young’s lawsuit against UPS for refusing to grant her light duty while […]

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Payback Time for 50 Percent of Obamacare Subsidy Recipients

Half of U.S. households eligible for a 2014 tax subsidy under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) probably owe a repayment to the government, while 45 percent probably should receive a refund, according to estimates from a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The analysis – which is a simulation based on historical patterns of income volatility […]

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SCOTUS Sides with Pregnant Driver in Long-Running UPS Lawsuit

The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, has sided with former UPS driver Peggy Young in her legal efforts against her former employer, whom she accused of discrimination because it refused to put her on lighter duty when she was pregnant. Ms. Young twice lost in lower courts in her effort to sue UPS for back […]

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DOL Conducting Survey of Working Women Through April 27

The Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking public commentary for its Survey of Working Women “in order to identify employment issues and challenges currently facing women, including their perceptions on career choice and overall equity in the workplace.” The last “Working Women Count!” survey was conducted in 1994, and the request for […]

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NLRB Issues Guidance on Employee Handbooks

The Office of the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued Memorandum GC 15-04, which aims to discuss “cases raising significant legal or policy issues” when it comes to employee handbooks. In the memorandum, which is fairly lengthy at 30 pages, Richard F. Griffin Jr., the general counsel, warns that his office […]

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Obamacare Five Years Old Today

While Democrats were singing its praises, Republicans in Congress were working on a measure to present to the president to end it (however unlikely that he’d ever sign it). “It,” of course, is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, which celebrated its fifth year of existence on March 23, 2015, having […]

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