All Items: Employee Management

  • Tennessee First State to Pass Antibullying Law

    21 July 2014

    Tennessee recently became the first state to enact antibullying legislation that specifically addresses harassing and abusive workplace conduct. Despite the fact that bullying has become increasingly prevalent in the workplace and a number of states have introduced similar legislation, no other state has yet enacted a law addressing this.

  • Littler Employer Survey Highlights Whistleblowing Concerns, Regulatory Enforcement

    18 July 2014

    A new employer survey by law firm Littler Mendelson highlights employers' concerns with respect to regulatory enforcement and whistleblowing activities. Over 500 HR professionals, in-house counsel and corporate executives completed the survey.

  • Updated EEOC Enforcement Guidance Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations Under the PDA

    17 July 2014

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released updated Enforcement Guidance addressing pregnancy discrimination and related issues, along with a related Q & A document and a Fact Sheet for Small Businesses.

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Passed, President to Sign

    17 July 2014

    Congress has passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA; H.R. 803), and the bill is headed to President Obama for signature. The WIOA, which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) through 2020, overhauls existing employment, training and education programs and streamlines the current workforce development system structure.

  • Supreme Court to Hear False Claims Act Case

    11 July 2014

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc., v. United States ex rel. Carter, in which the Court will decide whether to interpret two key provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA) that may affect the frequency of filing whistleblower lawsuits.

  • Supreme Court Adds Two Employment Cases Just Before Summer Recess

    08 July 2014

    As the Supreme Court closed its 2013-2014 term, the justices agreed to hear two new cases directly affecting employers. One involves the EEOC's enforcement efforts while the other deals with a key pregnancy accommodation issue.

  • Noel Canning: Supreme Court Invalidates President's NLRB Recess Appointments

    27 June 2014

    The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Noel Canning v. NLRB that President Obama's three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in January 2012 are invalid and unconstitutional. This decision is critical for employers because, by concluding that the President lacked the power to make the three recess appointments to the NLRB, the NLRB lacked the legal authority to issue over 800 (including several controversial) decisions that affect both union and non-union workplaces.

  • Houston to Phase-In Employment Discrimination Prohibitions

    26 June 2014

    The Houston City Council recently approved the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), an extensive ordinance prohibiting many types of discrimination by private employers, as well as in city employment, city services and city contract awards.

  • Supreme Court Narrows ERISA Plan Fiduciaries' Defenses in Employee Class Actions

    25 June 2014

    A unanimous Supreme Court in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer has reversed the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals - with ramifications for employers that offer a defined-contribution retirement savings plan with investment options in an "employee stock ownership plan" (ESOP). In its decision, the Supreme Court resolves a split among the federal circuits by eliminating the special presumption of prudence to which ESOP fiduciaries had been entitled.

  • DOL Proposal Would Extend FMLA Rights to All Same-Sex Spouses

    23 June 2014

    DOL publishes proposed FMLA rule to cover same-sex spouses regardless of a state's same-sex marriage law. The rule would change the definition of spouse from being based on the state of residency to being based on the place of celebration.

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