Updated COVID-19 Anti-Discrimination Guidance Now Available

On June 11th, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions that fall under federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws related to the coronavirus pandemic. The publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” provides approaches […]

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OSHA Form 300A Injury and Illness Tracking Must Be Posted by Feb. 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires firms with 250 or more employees and those in high-hazard industries with 20 to 249 employees to post Form 300A in their workplace from Feb. 1 to April 30. The form summarizes work-related injuries and illnesses from the previous calendar year and must be posted in a […]

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Dollar General Settles Race Discrimination Suit for $6M

Major retail chain Dollar General will pay $6 million and furnish other relief to settle a class race discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Dollar General, the largest small-box discount retailer in the United States, violated federal law by denying employment […]

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Nevada’s ‘Do Not Sell’ Law to Kick in Before California’s CCPA

Less sweeping but still challenging to web operators, Nevada’s “Do Not Sell” privacy law takes effect next Tuesday, Oct. 1, while California’s more heralded CCPA — California Consumer Privacy Act — will debut on New Year’s Day 2020. The Nevada act requires operators of websites to establish a procedure whereby Nevada residents can opt out […]

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September Is Peak Lawsuit Filing Month for EEOC

Watch Personnel Concepts’ video on Workplace Harassment Investigations. As the federal fiscal year approaches its end each September, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) traditionally files its largest aggregate of lawsuits for the year. In September 2017, for instance, the EEOC filed 88 lawsuits. This fiscal year, the commission through the end of August had […]

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DOL Announces Theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In keeping with the agency’s  commitment to ensuring an American workforce for Americans of all abilities, the Department of Labor (DOL) today announced this year’s official National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme: “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” “President Trump’s administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans can access good, family-sustaining jobs. A workforce that […]

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New York City Law Prohibits Discrimination Against the Unemployed

Starting this June 11, a new law in New York City will prohibit employers from discriminating in hiring practices against the unemployed, which the law defines as individuals "not having a job, being available for work, and seeking employment." The New York City Commission on Human Rights has been charged with fielding complaints and reports […]

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Majority of Businesses Plan to End Salary Freezes

An October survey by consulting firm Watson Wyatt found that 54 percent of employers plan to end salary freezes within six months, up from 33 percent in August. Some 49 percent, just shy of a majority, also said they plan to end hiring freezes in the same time frame. Overall, 56 percent of those surveyed […]

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New HIPAA Breach Rule Breached by CalOptima

Provisions in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was part of the stimulus package passed in February, created new security and breach rules for those covered by HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), but afforded everyone a six-month window to achieve full compliance that runs into 2010. […]

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Ninth Circuit Court Signs Off on 12-Hour Shift Scheme

In 1993, the nurses at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in California voluntarily created and voted for a plan to work 12-hour instead of 8-hour shifts while retaining their hourly rate without being paid overtime. Under the plan, the nurses went from $22.83 an hour for 8 hours to $19.57 for 12 hours. However, for […]

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