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PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUITS ON THE RISE

April 18, 2014

Pregnancy discrimination lawsuits continue to grow as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) heightens enforcement actions on behalf of pregnant applicants and employees. The EEOC announced settlements in four such cases in just the last 30 days. These cases are instructive ...

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EEOC RAISES FINE FOR FAILING TO POST REQUIRED NOTICES

April 15, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increased the fine for failure to post the required federal anti-discrimination labor law notices. Employers who fail to post the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), and the Genetic ...

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EMPLOYERS URGED TO PREVENT TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

April 11, 2014

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death on the job, accounting for more than 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in 2012 , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Because millions of workers’ jobs require them to spend part or all of their work day driving ? visiting ...

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NEW SECURITY RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL HELPS PROVIDERS WITH HIPAA COMPLIANCE

April 9, 2014

A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available from Health and Human Services (HHS). The SRA tool is designed to help practices conduct and document a risk assessment ...

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PRESIDENT ORDERS EXPANSION OF OVERTIME RULES

March 21, 2014

On March 13, 2014, President Obama issued a Memorandum instructing the Secretary of Labor to update federal overtime regulations so that more workers would be entitled to overtime pay. The overtime and minimum wage rules are set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), originally passed ...

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SOCIAL MEDIA USE RAISES EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CONCERNS

March 18, 2014

As the use of social media becomes more pervasive in today’s workplace, employment discrimination concerns also continue to grow. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently held a meeting at its headquarters in Washington to discuss with a panel of experts how the use of ...

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NEW FORM I-9 EMPLOYEE INFORMATION SHEET

March 14, 2014

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new one-page “ Form I-9 Employee Information Sheet ” that responds to common questions and prepares new employees to fill-in Section One of the Form I-9.  This resource is available in English and Spanish . ...

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IRS URGES EMPLOYERS TO CLAIM HEALTHCARE TAX CREDIT

March 11, 2014

With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is encouraging small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit and then claim it if they qualify. The Small Business Health ...

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WAL-MART SUED FOR HARASSING & FIRING OLDER WORKER

March 7, 2014

Wal-Mart Stores of Texas, LLC discriminated against a store manager by subjecting him to harassment, unequal treatment and discharge because of his age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a recent lawsuit. The EEOC's suit also alleges that Wal-Mart violated ...

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NEW RELIGIOUS DRESS AND GROOMING GUIDES

March 4, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued two new technical assistance publications addressing workplace rights and responsibilities with respect to religious dress and grooming under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   The question-and-answer guide, ...

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