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MCDONALD’S NAMED JOINT EMPLOYER WITH FRANCHISEES

August 12, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that fast food giant McDonald's could be held jointly liable for employee wage violations by its franchise operators. The ruling was made following an NLRB investigation into claims by employees that McDonald's franchisees terminated, ...

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DEADLINE TO FILE EEO-1 REPORT APPROACHES

August 7, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that it has completed its mailing of the 2014 EEO-1 survey Notification Letters. All companies that filed the EEO-1 report for the 2013 reporting period should have received the 2014 EEO-1 notification letter by mail by July 31, ...

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EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRES FEDERAL CONTRACTORS TO REPORT PAST LABOR LAW VIOLATIONS

August 5, 2014

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order that requires companies competing for federal contracts to disclose labor law violations and gives agencies more guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts. According to the Administration, the Fair Pay ...

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COURTS DELIVER CONFLICTING RULINGS ON HEALTH CARE LAW

July 25, 2014

On July 22, 2014, two federal courts of appeals issued conflicting opinions over whether the tax credits authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be issued to individuals who reside in states with health care exchanges established and operated by the federal government.  The ACA ...

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EXECUTIVE ORDER BANS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBT WORKERS

July 22, 2014

On July 21, President Obama signed an executive order extending workplace protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees of federal contractors and of the federal government. Executive Order 11246 protects workers employed by or seeking jobs with federal contractors ...

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WAL-MART SUED FOR DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

July 18, 2014

Retail giant Wal-Mart is facing yet another discrimination lawsuit. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the giant retailer fired an intellectually disabled employee at a Rockford, Illinois Wal-Mart store after it rescinded his workplace accommodation. An ...

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NEW RESOURCE TO REDUCE INJURIES AMONG NURSING HOME WORKERS

July 17, 2014

OSHA has developed “Safe Patient Handling: Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in Nursing Homes,” a new brochure that addresses the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among nursing home and residential care workers and explains the benefits of implementing safe patient handling ...

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EEOC ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ON PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION

July 14, 2014

For the first time in 30 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its rules and released new guidance on pregnancy discrimination. This guidance, along with an accompanying fact sheet, can assist employers with understanding their obligations towards applicants and ...

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SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST BIRTH CONTROL MANDATE

July 7, 2014

In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court held on June 30 that contraception coverage can be excluded from employer-provided prescription drug coverage if such coverage is in opposition to the employer's religious beliefs.  Burwell v. Hobby Lobby , 573 U.S. ___ (2014) . The decision ...

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NEW MINIMUM WAGE AND WAGE ORDERS STARTING JULY 1

June 26, 2014

Employers are reminded that the California minimum wage will increase on July 1, 2014 to $9.00 per hour. As previously reported , the increase comes as a result of legislation passed by the California legislature last year. The California minimum wage will increase in two phases:  ...

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