EEOC Wins Conciliation Battle in Supreme Court

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that courts may only conduct a “relatively bare-bones review” of conciliation efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The decision stems from the EEOC’s lawsuit against Mach Mining, LLC, headquartered in Marion, Ill. The commission sued Mach Mining in September 2011, alleging that the […]

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DOL Seeks Comments on Proposed Black Lung Benefits Act Rule

The Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs is publishing for public comment a proposed Black Lung Benefits Act rule that gives coal miners greater access to their health records and requires coal miner owners to pay all benefits due in a claim before the award can be challenged through modification. The NPRM was […]

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Workers’ Memorial Day Honors Those Who Lost Their Lives at Work

Today is national Workers’ Memorial Day, honoring those who lost their lives at work. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement on Workers’ Memorial Day: “Each year, Workers’ Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives in the course of a day’s work, and to recommit […]

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SCOTUS to Weigh Same-Sex Marriage Issues Regarding States’ Rights

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear both sides on issues involving¬†the rights states may have in defining marriage. The court in 2013 already struck down federal prohibitions on same-sex marriages when it invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Now it turns its attention to whether states can define marriage […]

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EEOC Settles First of Two Transgender Discrimination Lawsuits

Lakeland Eye Clinic, P.A., of Florida has agreed to a consent decree resolving a lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2014, alleging the company fired an employee because of transgender issues, basing its case on its interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As a result of the consent […]

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Ringling Bros. Circus Agrees to Safety Enhancements

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, will implement ongoing safety enhancements in aerial acts to protect employees against injuries like those sustained by its aerialists during a May 4, 2014, performance in Providence, R.I., according to a Department of Labor (DOL) press release. Feld Entertainment Inc., headquartered in Palmetto, Fla., owns the circus. The […]

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Obama’s Immigration Plan Argued Before Circuit Court

In a hearing Friday before a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, both pro and con sides were allowed one hour to argue their positions on President Obama’s November executive order on immigration. The issue at hand was the injunction issued in February by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen that put the […]

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EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) yesterday published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) describing how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employer wellness programs that are part of group health plans. The NPRM is available in the Public Inspection portion of the Federal Register, and will be officially published […]

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MSHA Data for 2014 Show Increased Mining Deaths

The Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released preliminary data for calendar year 2014 and updated its Mine Safety and Health at a Glance web page. The charts include information on inspections, violations, number of mines and miners, and fatality and injury rates for coal, metal and nonmetal, and all mining. […]

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DOL Seeks Commentary on Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released a proposed rule aimed at protecting 401(k) and IRA investors by mitigating the effect of conflicts of interest in the retirement investment marketplace. A White House Council of Economic Advisers analysis found that these conflicts of interest result in annual losses of about 1 percentage point for affected […]

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