January 8, 2015

Employer Alert: OSHA Issues New Notification Requirements

Effective January 1, 2015, OSHA is expanding its reach by requiring employers to file a report with OSHA if the following events occur at the job site or workplace:

June 6, 2014

Has the Fourth Circuit Adopted a Two Racial-Slurs Rule?

Under federal law, use of racial epithets must either be severe or pervasive in order for an employee to assert a claim for a hostile work environment. In March of…

May 9, 2014

EEOC Focusing On Severance Agreements

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has stepped-up its activity with regard to severance agreements, announcing in February that it will go to court to challenge specific…

May 5, 2014

Beware! Employers Can Be Held Liable for Third Party Harassment

On April 29, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, a federal court which governs cases in North Carolina, held for the first time in a…

March 11, 2014

EEOC’s threatened lawsuit challenges key provisions in severance agreements

On February 7, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it was filing suit against CVS Pharmacy, alleging that it utilized a severance agreement that interfered with an employee’s…

March 11, 2014

EEOC Provides Guidance Regarding Religious Dress and Grooming

As American workplaces become increasingly more diverse, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is working to provide clarity on acceptable workplace standards. High volumes of employee discrimination claims received by…

February 20, 2014

New guidance on Temporary Disabilities Act under ADAAA

Let’s assume that you have an employee who breaks his leg.  His consulting physician tells him that he won’t walk normally for a period of at least seven months.  Without…

January 7, 2014

US Senate Considers Ban On Employment-Related Credit Checks

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced the Equal Employment for All Act in December, which would prohibit the use of consumer credit checks in most employment decisions.  In her fact sheet…

January 2, 2014

Employment Law And The “Cat’s Paw”

A recent US Court of Appeals decision reinstated a school janitor’s discrimination claim based in part on principles taken from an old French children’s fable.

A legal theory not uncommon…

November 8, 2013

Ruling Upholds Discharge During FMLA Leave

Federal courts recently confirmed that FMLA leave status is not a shield from termination for an employee when legitimate performance issues are uncovered.

On July 11, 2013, the United States…

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