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EEOC Publishes New Guidance on Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

By Leigh C. Tinmouth The EEOC recently published a question-and-answer guidance (“Guidance”) regarding religious garb and grooming in the workplace. The EEOC, through the Guidance, states that, in most instances, employers covered by Title VII must make exceptions to their usual rules or preferences to permit applicants and employees to follow their religious dress and […]

President Obama Directs DOL Secretary Perez to Revise Overtime Rules

Today President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to “begin the process of addressing overtime pay protections to help make sure millions of workers are paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work and rules are simplified for employers and workers alike.”  In particular, the President directed Secretary Perez to focus on the so-called “white collar” […]

EEOC Issues Report on Social Media in the Workplace

Did you know that social media is part of today’s workplace but its use may raise employment discrimination concerns?  According to an EEOC press release issued on March 12, experts tell EEOC that use of social media by employers, applicants and employees may implicate the laws EEOC enforces.  Not to be sarcastic, but the only thing newsworthy […]

HR Manager’s Remarks Regarding Nature of Hiring Process May Help Employee Establish Discrimination Case

Written by Alexandra D. Thayer (posted by Martha Zackin) On November 12, the Payroll Fraud Prevention Act of 2013 (S. 1687) was introduced in the United States Senate.   The bill, which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act, seeks to impose new rules and penalties relating to misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The changes […]

HR Manager’s Remarks Regarding Nature of Hiring Process May Help Employee Establish Discrimination Case

Article by Monica Rose Cafaro (Posted by Martha Zackin) A recent decision by a federal appeals court underscores the need for HR mangers and other hiring personnel to watch what they say about job openings and the company’s hiring practices. In Kidd v. Mando American Corporation, a white female employee who worked in the accounting […]

EEOC Hands Out New Religious Discrimination Complaint

On September 25, the EEOC issued a press release announcing CONSOL Energy and Consolidation Coal Company violated federal law when they refused to accommodate a long-time employee’s religious belief.  Apparently, the companies installed a biometric hand scanner to track employee time and attendance.  The employee in question, Beverly Butcher, believed that that there was relationship […]