Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Although government enforcement litigation of employment laws decreased in 2020, the number and monetary value of workplace class action settlements increased, according to a new Seyfarth Shaw report.
Administering a federally authorized coronavirus vaccine is not a "medical examination" for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to new guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The EEOC is seeking public comments on proposed revisions to its Compliance Manual Section on Religious Discrimination before finalizing the guidance.
After several years of increases, the number of enforcement actions and investigations by the EEOC and the Wage and Hour Division decreased in FY 2020.
Following the confirmation of three new commissioners, the EEOC can be expected to continue taking an employer-friendly approach on a variety of fronts, including wellness regulations and data collection.
Testing employees for the presence of the COVID-19 virus before allowing them to enter the workplace generally will meet the "business necessity" standard of the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to updated guidance from the EEOC.
Norfolk Southern Railroad has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle claims by the EEOC that it discriminated against employees and applicants based on a range of actual or perceived disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The EEOC published guidance prohibiting employers from using COVID-19 antibody testing before allowing an employee to return to work.
The EEOC said it expects to begin collecting the 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 in March 2021.
Employers may take steps to determine if employees entering the workplace have COVID-19 because an individual with the virus will pose a direct threat to the health of others, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said.
News: HR guidance on understanding the powers and responsibilities of the EEOC.
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