DOJ, EEOC Focus on Diversity in Law Enforcement

The Justice Department (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have released a comprehensive report that examines barriers and promising practices — in recruitment, hiring and retention — for advancing diversity in law enforcement. The report, developed with support from the Center for Policing Equity, aims to provide law enforcement agencies, especially small and […]

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U.S. Judge in Texas Puts Hold on Obama’s Transgender School Bathroom Rule

Late Sunday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with Texas and 12 other states in their lawsuit against the Obama administration’s directive that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice by placing a temporary hold on the ruling. Judge O’Connor in essence said the directive was not interpretive of existing law but […]

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I-9 Fines to Jump Upward Along with Other Federal Penalties

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have published final rules that will raise monetary penalties for Form I-9 and H-1B violations dramatically beginning Aug. 1. The penalty structure for I-9 violations will rise from $110-to-$1,100 per instance to $216-to-$2,156. H-1B application violation fines will go from $1,000 per to […]

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11 States Sue Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Mandate

Following directives by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) detailing how public school bathrooms and locker rooms must be gender-neutral, 11 states have filed suit against the Obama administration to stop the mandate. The lawsuit argues that the directive conspires “to turn workplace and educational settings across the country into laboratories […]

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EEOC, DOJ Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ADA

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) jointly with the Department of Justice (DOJ) at an event at DOJ headquarters. During the event, the two agencies will announce a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen EEOC and DOJ’s Civil Rights Division’s enforcement […]

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OSHA to Convene Its Advisory Committee for Input

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), June 17-18, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The Temporary Workers Work Group will meet June 17 and the full committee will meet June 18. The tentative agenda for the committee meeting includes an update […]

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DOJ Won’t Appeal Immigration Plan Injunction to Supreme Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has vowed to stay the course in fighting a federal judge’s injunction against President Obama’s November 2014 immigration executive orders, which would award up to 5 million undocumented immigrants a safe haven from deportation and, for many of them, legal work permits, if implemented. DOJ officials said Wednesday that they would […]

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Angry Judge Digs in Against Obama Immigration Plan

Judge Andrew Hanen, who issued an injunction that stopped the Obama administration’s plan for its version of immigration reform, has refused to lift the ban, saying the federal government, under President Obama’s orders, “has abdicated enforcement” of the nation’s immigration laws. The U.S. district judge cited two factors this past weekend in refusing to halt […]

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Justice Declines to Lift Embargo on New Definition of Spouse for FMLA

After Justice Reed O’Connor placed a temporary injunction on the new definition of spouse for purposes of Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, the Department of Justice (DOJ) quickly moved to ask for the block to be lifted. On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office initiated the lawsuit resulting in Judge O’Connor’s […]

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LGBT Workplace Discrimination Rule Takes Effect for Federal Contractors

President Obama’s executive order prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by businesses with federal contracts goes into effect today, effectively extending protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In marking the occasion, Labor Secretary Tom Perez noted on his blog that the implementation of the order “will mean a more […]

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