Employers subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) recordkeeping requirements must post Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, by February 1. The form should remain posted until April 30.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which enforces over 20 different whistleblower statutes, has issued the largest ever punitive damages award in a retaliation claim under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA).
In his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to pass a law that would require most employers to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave. He said, "We're the only advanced country on Earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers." On January 15, the President signed an executive order directing federal agencies to provide up to six weeks of paid sick leave to federal workers with a new child.
The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that asks how far the EEOC must go to try to resolve discrimination claims before suing an employer. The Equal Employment Advisory Counsel's Rae Vann comments to XpertHR about why Mach Mining v. EEOC raises a significant issue affecting employers.
Connecticut has amended its paid sick leave law to expressly prohibit an employer from terminating, dismissing or transferring any employee to fall below the state's 50-employee threshold for coverage. As a result of changes that took effect January 1, 2015, a Connecticut employer meets the annual threshold based on the number of employees it has on its payroll as of October 1.
Law firm Littler Mendelson has issued its Annual Report on EEOC Developments regarding the agency's 2014 activities, which shows that the agency issued reasonable cause determinations in 45% of systemic investigations conducted in 2014 compared to 35% in Fiscal Year 2013. The report, which examines available EEOC data from an employer's perspective, emphasizes that many questions remain in select EEOC cases from 2014.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. became the subject of three proposed class action lawsuits this week. All three employee lawsuits relate to a breach of the corporation's computer systems related to the unreleased film, The Interview.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued its final rule on Executive Order 13672, which extends current discrimination protections to include claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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