EEOC Scores First Victory in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuit

Score a victory for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its effort to get courts to side with its position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based not only on sex but also on sexual orientation. The commission’s sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit against Scott Medical Health Center, P.C., was one […]

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DOL Announces 18-Month Extension of Transition Period for Fiduciary Rule Enforcement

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced an 18-month extension from Jan. 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, of the special Transition Period for the Fiduciary Rule’s Best Interest Contract Exemption and the Principal Transactions Exemption, and of the applicability of certain amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 (PTEs). This follows public comment on a […]

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EEOC Releases ‘Promising Practices’ for Preventing, Responding to Harassment

In advance of issuing revised sexual harassment guidelines — the first revision in two decades — the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a report by its Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace detailing five principles that have generally proven effective in preventing and addressing harassment. Called ‘Promising Practices,” […]

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ICE to Target National Food Service Chain, Report Asserts

According to The Daily Beast, which claims to have obtained an internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) memo, ICE agents will soon be targeting a “national food service chain.” The chain was unnamed in the report. Statistics indicate that the food service industry workforce in general consists of some 9 percent undocumented workers. Tom Homan, […]

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DOL Delays Compliance Deadline for ERISA Disability Benefits Procedure

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a 90-day delay – through April 1, 2018 – of the applicability date for ERISA plans to comply with a final rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to disability benefits. The three-month delay of the applicability date announced Nov. 24 is intended to give interested stakeholders the […]

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OSHA Extends Deadline for Injury-Illness Electronic Filing

To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on Aug. 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)  has extended the  date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to Dec. 15, 2017. OSHA’s final rule to […]

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OSHA Releases Fact Sheet on Confined Spaces in Residential Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a standard for Confined Spaces in Construction (29 CFR 1926 Subpart AA) that applies to spaces such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces. To help employers understand this standard, the agency has just released a Fact Sheet to go along with a set of FAQs. A […]

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Trump Nominates Pharma Exec to Head HHS

President Trump has nominated Alex Azar to head up the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As recently as January of this year, Azar was president of the American wing of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, where he served from 2012 in various posts. Under President George W. Bush, Azar served as deputy secretary of […]

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GOP Adds Obamacare Mandate Repeal to Senate Tax Bill

Eyeing to save $300 billion over 10 years to help finance individual tax cuts, Senate Republicans on Tuesday (Nov. 14) added repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) individual mandate to its tax legislation. The move also allows tax writers to up the child tax credit to $2,000, a goal of First Daughter […]

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Is Your State More Prone to Employee Discrimination Lawsuits?

Nationwide, according to a new study, American businesses face an average 10.5 percent chance of being sued by an employee for discrimination, or for retaliation for reporting discrimination. The District of Columbia leads all U.S. locations at a whopping 81 percent, but some states also present great odds, led by Nevada and Delaware at 55 […]

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