The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA in the event of an on-the-job fatality or work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The new rule also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements. These rules apply effective Jan. 1...
A pattern or practice lawsuit has been filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") against CVS Pharmacy contending that what most consider to be standard severance provisions in a release agreement are actually violations of Title VII. EEOC v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., No. 1:14-CV-863-JWD (E.D. Ill.). The release provisions primarily pertain t...
An interesting and recent Gallup poll conducted in August shows how the American public feels about labor unions, and also about right-to-work (RTW) laws. The poll shows that 53% of Americans approve of labor unions, a figure similar to other union ratings in recent years. The record low approval rating for unions was 48% in 2009. In contrast, the poll r...
For the first time since 1983, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued comprehensive guidance on how employers must treat pregnant employees and applicants. The controversial guidance was passed by the EEOC commissioners on a vote of 3-2, with two of the commissioners indicating that the guidance went beyond applicable legal preceden...
The Republican gains in the November elections were indeed impressive, the most talked-about gain being that of a likely 9 Senate seats so that the new Senate will likely have a 54-46 Republican majority. The gains in the House of Representatives were at least 12 seats to something like a 247-188 Republican majority. Together, the election gave the Republ...
Some employers have not provided group health coverage to some or all of their employees. Instead of providing group health coverage, some of these employers have chosen to reimburse employees for the cost of individual coverage that those employees purchased directly from insurance companies. Prior to 2014, the IRS permitted employers to reimburse employ...
On November 20, 2014, President Obama in an address to the nation announced his immigration plans to defer deportation for as many as 5 million immigrants in the country illegally. He announced that his unilateral action is necessary because the Republican-led House of Representatives has failed to pass a Senate-approved immigration plan for more than a y...
On December 11, 2014, the NLRB overruled its previous doctrine set forth in Register Guard, and ruled that employees have a Section 7 right to use their employer’s email system for union organizing purposes during their non-working time. Purple Communications, 361 NLRB No. 126 (December 11, 2014). In its 3-2 ruling, with the two Republican members d...
On December 15, 2014, the NLRB adopted as a final rule its "quickie election" process for union elections. The new rule will take effect on April 14, 2015. The changes include the following: After the union files a representation petition, a hearing on the petition will be scheduled eight (8) days after hearing notice is served. The non-petitioning par...
Some employers have not provided group health coverage to some or all of their employees. Instead of providing group health coverage, some of these employers have chosen to reimburse employees for the cost of individual coverage that those employees purchased directly from insurance companies. Prior to 2014, the IRS permitted employers to reimburse employ...
On November 20, 2014, President Obama in an address to the nation announced his immigration plans to defer deportation for as many as 5 million immigrants in the country illegally. He announced that his unilateral action is necessary because the Republican-led House of Representatives has failed to pass a Senate-approved immigration plan for more than a y...

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