EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance  On National Original Discrimination

In fiscal year 2015, approximately eleven percent of the private sector discrimination charges filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) alleged national origin discrimination.  These charges alleged a wide variety of violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (“Title VII”), including claims arising from unlawful failure to hire, termination, language-related issues and harassment/hostile work environments. [...]

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Federal Court in Texas Issues Nationwide Injunction Stopping Implementation of New Overtime Rule

On May 23, 2016, the United States Department of Labor published the final version of a rule that would significantly alter the “white collar” or “EAP” (executive/administrative/professional) exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements.  Scheduled to become effective on December 1, 2016, the rule would have, among other things, required an employee to be paid $47,892 (or $921 per week), up from the current $23,660 (or $455 per week), to [...]

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The following alert is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) It has come to our attention that a phishing email is being circulated on mock HHS Departmental letterhead under the signature of OCR’s Director, Jocelyn Samuels.  This email appears to be an official government communication, and targets employees of HIPAA covered entities and their business associates.  The email prompts recipients to click a link regarding possible [...]

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Justice Center Announces Sample Abuse Prevention Policy

The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs has developed an abuse prevention sample policy for providers. Included in the sample policy are:  definitions and prevention methods employment screening and selection monitoring and supervision training and reporting requirements The template can be modified to meet the needs of different providers, and agencies are advised to seek legal counsel for assistance and final review of any new policies prior to [...]

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Employers and Election Day Laws

The U.S. presidential election will be held Tuesday, November 8, 2016. How your business responds to employees taking time off for voting is regulated by state voting rights laws. In New York, employers are required to provide leave to allow employees ample time to vote in elections if the employee does not have four consecutive nonwork hours at the beginning or end of their shift when the polls are open. The length of the leave must be sufficient, when added to the employee’s voting time [...]

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