Compliance: Page 2


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    OSHA: American Airlines punished flight crew for reporting toxic fumes

    American Airlines faces nearly $7,000 in penalties for allegedly retaliating against flight attendants who reported workers getting sick from fumes entering the plane’s cabin.

    By Laurel Kalser • Jan. 11, 2023
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    Applicant’s refusal to cut dreadlocks was protected by Title VII, EEOC says

    Employers can’t automatically reject a job applicant who refuses to change a religious-based hairstyle or grooming practice to comply with a dress code, an EEOC lawsuit says.

    By Laurel Kalser • Jan. 10, 2023
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    Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: What HR needs to know

    Pregnancy accommodations will be mandatory in June, but regulations could be a year away.

    By Jan. 9, 2023
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    DOL plans May release for new overtime threshold

    The Biden administration has not shared a dollar figure, but congressional Democrats previously suggested a threshold of more than $82,000 by 2026.

    By Jan. 6, 2023
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    Class-action alleges UnitedHealthcare underpaid out-of-network providers

    The lawsuit claims the company’s payment scheme violates the terms of members’ plans and ERISA. 

    By Jan. 5, 2023
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    Feds propose ban on noncompetes

    In the historic proposal, the FTC said noncompetes harm competition, suppress labor mobility and reduce wages even for those not bound by the agreements.

    By Updated Jan. 5, 2023
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    IRS boosts business mileage rate by 3 cents

    Volatility in gas prices remains possible, but should become more muted in the year ahead, Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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    EEOC: Company settles ADA suit over refusing remote work for employee at risk for COVID-19

    This case is one that should garner most concern for employers now, an attorney told attendees at the DMEC’s annual conference in August.

    By Laurel Kalser • Jan. 3, 2023
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    Senate adds pregnancy accommodations to spending bill

    Congress passed the omnibus spending bill Dec. 23, and it was signed by President Biden on Dec. 29. 

    By Updated Dec. 30, 2022
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    Despite enforcement delays, attorneys urge preparation for AI, privacy laws

    New legislation extends to employers with applicants or workers who are residents of New York City or California — and may be a harbinger of what’s to come elsewhere.

    By Dec. 20, 2022
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    ‘Robust, well-documented’ list of performance issues dooms worker’s FMLA claim

    The employer, a university, had made clear that her performances issues were unrelated to her medical leave, according to the 8th Circuit.

    By Laurel Kalser • Dec. 20, 2022
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    McDonald’s franchisee to pay $100K to settle claim it discriminated against long-tenured employee with autism

    Two months after taking over the restaurant, the franchisee fired a grill cook who had 37 years in the role.

    By Dec. 19, 2022
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    Country club workers were forced to share tips with managers, DOL finds

    Businesses often run afoul of tipping regulations, and the agency has promised stepped-up enforcement in this area.

    By Dec. 19, 2022
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    2022 year-end HR compliance checklist

    When thinking about updating your HR policies, an HR compliance checklist is a great way to help make sure your bases are covered. 

    Dec. 19, 2022
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    NYC delays enforcement of AI in hiring law to April 2023

    Many prominent HR stakeholders have submitted public comments asking for clarification on the regs.

    By Dec. 14, 2022
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    Publix pays $17K in back wages, medical expenses to settle FMLA notice claim

    Employers may violate the FMLA when they fail to timely notify an employee who has requested leave whether they’re eligible for the law’s protections.

    By Laurel Kalser • Dec. 14, 2022
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    New York enacts workplace breastfeeding law

    The law, signed Dec. 9, requires employers to design safe, hygienic and convenient pumping spaces, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul.

    By Dec. 13, 2022
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    EEOC: Auto dealerships pay $62K to settle lawsuit alleging unequal pay, retaliatory firing

    Employers should update job descriptions and make sure any pay disparities are justified by a legitimate reason, such as merit or seniority, experts said.

    By Laurel Kalser • Dec. 13, 2022
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    Seattle home care companies pay $1M to resolve wage, hour claims

    Under the Biden administration, the U.S. Department of Labor has honed in on care industry employers’ wage and hour violations.

    By Dec. 12, 2022
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    White nurse’s firing wasn’t racially motivated, 10th Cir. says

    A Kansas employer had legitimate reasons to fire the nurse, whose allegations of racial favoritism weren’t supported by the evidence, the court said.

    By Laurel Kalser • Dec. 7, 2022
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    DOJ: Green cards aren’t the only way non-US citizens can show work eligibility

    Non-U.S. citizens can show a variety of documents to verify their eligibility to work in the U.S., a recent settlement reminds employers.

    By Laurel Kalser • Dec. 6, 2022
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    McDonald’s franchisee pays $57K to resolve child labor violations

    Throughout 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor has signaled a regulatory focus on child labor provisions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Shell Oil did not discriminate in hiring decision, 5th Cir. says

    Shell’s case demonstrates how standard hiring processes can help protect HR from meritless claims.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Back to Basics: The fast facts of the Sherman Antitrust Act

    HR is on the front lines of antitrust compliance — and DOJ is willing to hold them personally responsible.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    EEOC settles telework dispute filed by union representing its own employees

    Not even government agencies in charge of enforcing workplace laws have been able to avoid the telework debate.

    By Dec. 2, 2022