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  • FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Benefits Rule on Hold

    27 March 2015

    A federal district court has granted a request by the State of Texas to temporarily block implementation of a final Department of Labor (DOL) regulation requiring Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to be extended to same-sex couples legally married in a state that recognizes such marriages, even if they live in a state that does not recognize such marriages. The final regulation would have gone into effect today if not for the stay granted by the court.

  • Supreme Court Rules Against UPS in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

    26 March 2015

    The Supreme Court has reinstated a former UPS driver's pregnancy discrimination case against the company, finding that she raised a genuine jury issue about whether the employer's policies imposed a significant burden on pregnant workers.

  • NLRB General Counsel Report Addresses Employee Handbooks, Work Rules

    25 March 2015

    National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr., has issued a report concerning recent employer work rule cases. The report discusses and synthesizes a number of recent challenges to employee handbooks and policies that were presented in cases reviewed, challenged or resolved by the Office of the General Counsel.

  • ACA Causing Few Employers to Downsize or Reduce Hours for Part-Time Workers, SHRM Survey Finds

    24 March 2015

    The vast majority of employers are neither reducing the number of employees nor reducing the number of hours employees work as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

  • HIPAA Excepted Benefits Final Rules Issued

    23 March 2015

    The federal Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury finalized regulations amending the current definition of excepted benefits to include certain types of limited wraparound coverage. In addition, the final rules also establish two pilot programs for limited wraparound coverage.

  • Connecticut Supreme Court Says Marijuana Convictions Can Be Erased

    20 March 2015

    The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that persons convicted of possessing less than one-half ounce of marijuana have the right to get those convictions erased. The result means that thousands of job applicants previously arrested for marijuana possession may petition for a court order so that records relating to those charges are destroyed and will not be visible during a background check.

  • Mississippi Bans Texting, Social Networking While Driving

    19 March 2015

    Mississippi has become the 45th state to ban texting and social networking while driving, expanding its previous distracted driving ban.

  • OCSE Updates Child Support Withholding Information for Employers

    18 March 2015

    To help employers comply with employees' child support withholding orders, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) has issued updated information regarding the process of lump-sum payment reporting and the states that now use the electronic income withholding order (e-IWO). The OCSE has also released a report on its 2014 Employer Symposium.

  • DOL Suspends H-2B Program Visa Processing, Moves to Stay Court Order

    17 March 2015

    The US Department of Labor (DOL) has suspended its processing of requests for prevailing wage determinations and labor certification applications in light of a federal district court's ruling that the DOL lacks authority to issue regulations concerning the H-2B guest worker program. However, the DOL has also filed a motion to stay the court order.

  • Utah Enhances Discrimination Protections to Cover LGBT Workers

    16 March 2015

    On March 12, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law a bill that enhances discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers. Senate Bill 296 amends the Utah Antidiscrimination Act and the Utah Fair Housing Act.

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