Recent Regulatory and Legal Updates You Should Be Aware Of

In the past year, covering the end of the Obama administration to the beginning of the Trump White House, several developments have taken place on the legal and regulatory fronts that employers should be aware of and comply with as needed. Jan. 22, 2017: Revised Form I-9 use is mandated. The new employment eligibility form that […]

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EEOC Wins Landmark Sexual Orientation Discrimination Settlement

The  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that Pallet Companies, doing business as IFCO Systems, will pay $202,200 and provide significant equitable relief to settle one of EEOC’s first lawsuits alleging sex discrimination based on sexual orientation. EEOC charged that a lesbian employee at IFCO’s Baltimore facility was repeatedly harassed by her supervisor because of […]

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EEOC Raises Non-Posting Penalty from $210 to $525

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is publishing a final rule tomorrow that raises penalties for violations of its posting requirements from $210 to $525, taking advantage of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The increase will take effect 30 days after publication, on July 2, 2016. EEOC enforces the posting […]

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Title VII Protects Against Discrimination on Sexual Orientation, EEOC Memo Says

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which fields complaints of discrimination based on the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, appears now to be actively pursuing and enforcing claims related to sex discrimination against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. A Feb. 3 memo issued by Nicholas M. Inzeo, […]

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DOL Proposes Rule on Federal Contractor Sex Discrimination Guidelines

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a proposal to clarify federal contractors’ requirements to prohibit sex discrimination. The recommended changes would revise the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) guidelines to align with laws, court decisions and societal changes since they were originally issued in 1970. “Our sex discrimination guidelines are woefully out […]

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Fired Workers Sue Both the Franchisee and McDonald’s Corp. for Discrimination

A group of 10 terminated McDonald’s employees in Virginia — one Hispanic and nine African-American — are suing both the local franchisee and the behemoth mother corporation for discrimination, claiming they were let go because they “didn’t fit the profile” for employees at their restaurants. The legal action filed in the U.S. District Court for […]

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