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COVID-19 - What's New From CDC, DOL, EEOC and SCDEW

May 22, 2020

Pertinent COVID-19 updates were recently issued by the CDC, DOL, OSHA, EEOC and IRS.

EEOC Updates 2009 Pandemic Guidance with Specific Guidance to COVID-19

March 20, 2020

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an update to its 2009 pandemic guidance, “Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the ADA,” originally detailed in our blog issued the day COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

A Checklist for Conducting Workplace Investigations

November 19, 2019

Responsiveness to an employee’s complaint about workplace concerns not only enables the employer to gather the best information, it also provides the employer with the opportunity to resolve internal problems before they become widespread. Given every complaint could turn into litigation, a well-planned and documented investigation can be an employer’s best defense.

Can Background Checks be Conducted on Current Employees?

August 27, 2019

Most employers run background checks on prospective employees when hiring. Some employers have policies in place that allow them to conduct background checks on current employees. Below are several examples of instances in which employers may choose to do so:

How Will SCOTUS’ Upcoming Cases Affect Title VII?

June 20, 2019

The United States Supreme Court will decide three cases in October 2019 to determine if Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act guarantees protections from workplace discrimination and harassment to employees on the basis of gender identity or sexual preference.

EEOC Annual Report Offers Insight into Employment Discrimination Claims

April 30, 2019

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its annual report of enforcement and litigation data for fiscal year 2018. The report provides a snapshot of employment discrimination law in the U.S. and often indicates trend lines, providing insight for employers on the breadth of employment discrimination claims.

EEOC Issues Guidance on Submission Deadlines Impacted by Government Shutdown

February 19, 2019

As the longest government shutdown in history has come to an end, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently released guidance for employers faced with upcoming EEO-1 submission deadlines and responding to charges of discrimination filed during the government shutdown.

Age Discrimination in the Workplace

August 07, 2018

It is no secret that more U.S. workers are electing to put off retirement and remain in the workforce longer. Given the current labor shortage (lowest unemployment rate in 18 years), this is great news for companies as retaining experienced workers decreases turnover cost and provides immeasurable value in other areas of corporate performance.

Sexual Harassment and What Employers Must Do to Comply

December 01, 2017

SExual-Harassment-complaint-form-and-pen.jpgThe latest headlines confirm the 2016 findings published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that workplace harassment too often goes unreported. The EEOC reports that “approximately 70% of the individuals who experienced harassment never even talked with a supervisor or manager,” meaning that they didn’t report it to their employer.

Court's Ruling Requiring the EEOC to Reconsider Its "Wellness" Regulations

August 30, 2017

The ruling in the AARP v. EEOC case may be detrimental to employers and their healthcare plans because the EEOC may either reduce the percentage of its allowable inducement (or penalty) below 30% of the employee cost for participation in any employer-sponsored “wellness” program to be considered voluntary or possibly return to its former position that any reward or penalty renders participation involuntary.

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