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  • Fifth Circuit Grants New Protections to Independent Contractors

    February 12, 2016

    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled for the first time that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act authorizes employment discrimination lawsuits filed by independent contractors. The court's ruling in Flynn v. Distinctive Home Care, Inc. is significant in its finding that the Rehabilitation Act offers broader protection than Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Illinois Narrows 'Disqualifying Misconduct' for Unemployment Insurance Benefits Claims Purposes

    February 11, 2016

    A recent amendment to Illinois law and an Illinois Supreme Court ruling have clarified the meaning of "misconduct" that disqualifies a former employee from collecting unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. While both the new law and the ruling provide needed guidance, employers in the state may find it harder to fight a benefit claim on this basis if they do not have specific policies in place.

  • Third Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in SOX Whistleblower Case Against Tyco

    February 9, 2016

    The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a whistleblower retaliation claim against Tyco Electronics Corporation (Tyco) based on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's anti-retaliation provisions.

  • EEOC Updating Its Game Plan for Investigating Retaliation Charges

    February 5, 2016

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has proposed updates to its manual for processing and investigating charges, making cause determinations and considering litigation relating to retaliation.

  • Wal-Mart Hit With $31-Million Verdict for Firing Whistleblowing Pharmacist

    February 2, 2016

    A federal jury in New Hampshire has awarded more than $31 million in damages to a former Wal-Mart pharmacist who claims the nation's largest retailer fired her for raising safety concerns about how it filled prescriptions.

  • Obama Administration Takes Action on Equal Pay

    February 1, 2016

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published a notice in the Federal Register regarding a proposed revision of the Employer Information Report (EEO-1), furthering the Obama Administration's plans to advance equal pay protections for all workers.

  • Joint Employment Is the Focus of DOL's Latest Interpretation

    January 29, 2016

    An employer's use of third-party management companies, independent contractors, staffing agencies or labor providers could constitute joint employment that makes both parties liable for any minimum wage and overtime violations, the US Department of Labor warns.

  • H-1B Visa Petition Filing Is April 1: Swift Employer Action Needed Now

    January 28, 2016

    On April 1, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the 2017 fiscal year.

  • Biggest Class Action Settlements Totaled $2.5 Billion (With a 'B') Last Year, Report Finds

    January 27, 2016

    A downward trend in the size of settlements reversed last year, as plaintiffs figure out ways to work around a Supreme Court ruling that made it more difficult for plaintiffs to prove commonality to bring a class action.

  • DHS Revises Regulations Affecting Highly Skilled Workers

    January 22, 2016

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has revised its regulations to apply existing rules to additional visa categories in order to achieve greater parity in procedures that address comparable visa classifications. The amendments should minimize potential employment disruptions for employers that employ workers in the affected visa categories.

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