The Supreme Court has provided guidance with respect to the ability of whistleblowers to file claims under the federal False Claims Act, while Maryland has expanded its fraud and retaliation protections by enacting its own version of the federal law.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will launch a pilot program to electronically transmit documents between the EEOC and employers regarding discrimination charges. The program, called ACT Digital, will be implemented in 11 of its 53 offices.
New York City employers may soon find their hiring practices going under the microscope. Under a law recently signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Commission on Human Rights will conduct discrimination testing to determine if targeted employers are using illegal bias when screening job applicants for employment.
An amendment to North Dakota's termination pay law makes it easier for private employers in the state to avoid paying out unused paid time off (PTO) to a terminating employee. Employers should review and update, if necessary, their PTO and final pay policies in light of this change in the law before it goes into effect, and notify employees of any changes as well.
In EEOC v Mach Mining, the Supreme Court ruled that federal courts have limited powers to review the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's attempts to end alleged instances of discrimination through informal methods before filing a lawsuit.f
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reached a settlement with Texas-based multistate oil-drilling company Patterson-UTI in a race and national origin discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit. The allegations involved workplaces throughout the country.
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) has launched an outreach program called the "Zip Code Project" in order to ensure employer implementation of, and compliance with, District of Columbia employment laws, including the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act.
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