EEOC Lawsuits Spike in 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is on a record pace in filing lawsuits, having initiated 241 so far this year, compared to 86 for all of 2016. September alone saw 69 lawsuits filed, up from 22 last year. July and August each had 20 new filings, compared to 8 in each of those months […]

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New EEO Digest Focuses on Race Discrimination in the Workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest), which is available on the EEOC’s website. This edition (Fiscal Year 2017, Volume 4) features a special article titled “Race Discrimination in the 21st Century Workplace.” The comprehensive article discusses the legal prohibitions on race discrimination in […]

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EEOC Says No New Wellness Rule Until Late 2019

While the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decides whether to vacate the current Wellness Rule, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says it won’t be able to issue a revised rule until October 2019, effective in 2021. In August, the court ordered the EEOC to revisit and redo the current Wellness […]

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EEOC Issues Guide on Providing Assistance Under the Rehabilitation Act

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the release of a Questions and Answers Guide to assist federal agencies to provide personal assistance services (PAS) under Section 501 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is available on the EEOC’s website. In January 2017, the EEOC amended the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation […]

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EEOC Warns of ‘Chaos’ if Wellness Rule Is Tossed

Appearing in court over a federal judge’s ruling that its wellness rule for company health plans penalized non-participating employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this week argued that vacating the rule would create “chaos” for companies eyeing health plans for 2018. In August, U.S. District Judge John Bates sided with the AARP in its […]

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Proposed Merger of EEOC and OFCCP Dies a Quick Death in the Senate

The Trump administration’s plan to merge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) was abruptly rejected by the Senate Appropriations Committee on first blush. The Committee Report noted: The Committee rejects the budget’s proposal to begin plans to merge the OFCCP with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The […]

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OMB Blocks Pay Reporting Requirement of EEO-1

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has initiated “a review and immediate stay of the effectiveness of the pay data collection aspects” of the EEO-1 form, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which under President Obama had instituted compensation reporting requirements on firms with at least 100 employees. The deadline for submitting […]

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Judge Orders EEOC to Reconsider Its Wellness Rule

A federal judge has granted summary judgment to the AARP in its suit against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over the latter’s May 2016 wellness rule concerning company-run wellness programs. Judge John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Aug. 22 issued a memorandum, siding with the plaintiff’s argument […]

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Latest EEO Digest Includes Article on Disparate Treatment Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest), which is available on the EEOC’s website. This edition (Fiscal Year 2017, Volume 3) features a special article titled “Establishing Disparate Treatment Discrimination.” The comprehensive article discusses the analysis of disparate treatment […]

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UPS Settles Lawsuit over Its 12-Month Leave Policy for $1.7 Million

United Parcel Service (UPS) has settled for $1.7 million a lawsuit begun in 2009 over its 12-month leave policy, which on the surface sounds generous but which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The UPS policy allowed employees to take a full 12 months off […]

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