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The American Dental Association’s former chief legal counsel and its former HR director will split $1.95 million after the EEOC determined the association probably retaliated against the two executives for voicing concerns about what they believed were discriminatory actions.
Sometimes, all an employee has to do to bring a federal lawsuit is pay the filing fee. The result is that employers sometimes have to defend against bogus claims.
President Trump has overturned yet another Obama-era executive order when he scrapped the federal contractor “blacklisting rule.”
Alexander Acosta became the nation’s 27th secretary of labor April 28.
A member of the NLRB since 2013, Philip A. Miscimarra has been serving as acting chair since Jan. 23.
In theory, removing bias from the employment equation should enable employers to hire and manage the best employees based on knowledge, skills and abilities. Several HR-related artificial intelligence software packages attempt to do just that.
A bill before the Texas state legislature would give the state the power to nullify municipal ordinances protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual employees.
The bipartisan budget bill brokered May 1, which will keep the federal government open through the end of September 2017, lowered funding for the Department of Labor by $83 million compared to its 2016 budget.
While there is talk of eliminating certain agencies, it is not likely that OSHA will be on the chopping block. However, less regulation is likely.
It’s up to the employer to establish exempt status and to provide the proof that the worker did perform exempt tasks at least half the time.
Last week we reported briefly on Trump administration efforts to reach out to industry leaders and employers seeking suggestions on which government regulations should be cut. The results are now in.
Keep good time records, or expect to fight it out in court if some of your employees allege they weren’t paid for all time worked and are due overtime.
A bill working its way through the House of Representatives would allow private-sector employers to offer comp time in lieu of overtime pay.
Magnolia Health Corp. in Visalia, California, has agreed to settle charges that its policies violated the ADA.
There’s nothing wrong with accommodating and requesting more information at the same time.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A federal court has agreed to a Department of Labor administration request to postpone its defense of the yet-to-be-enacted overtime rules finalized last year.
Employers that erroneously classify an hourly employee as exempt can expect their mistake to be a costly one. Not only will they have to pay two years’ worth of back overtime, but they’ll probably have to pay double that amount as a penalty for not getting the classification right.
A Florida trucking company refused to hire a military veteran who used a service dog, citing its “no pets” policy.
Q. We are entering the busy season at work and would like our employees to work longer hours than usual for the next two months. Do we have any obligations to provide our employees with additional meal breaks if they work longer than eight hours in one day?
The chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions wants the EEOC to rescind changes to the annual EEO-1 report that were instituted during the Obama administration.
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