Category: Employment Law

pregnant

Liability for Employer Who Can’t ‘Have a Big Fat Pregnant Woman Working’ at His Restaurant

Employers must take care to create and implement neutral policies that don’t discriminate against women on the basis of pregnancy. Could you differentiate between a neutral policy and a policy that appears neutral but actually has a disparate impact on pregnant employees? And is a facially discriminatory policy against a pregnant woman—i.e., a policy that’s explicitly discriminatory—ever permissible?

Print
TV

Dallas EEOC Office ‘Hovers Over’ Alleged Age Bias by TV Station

The Dallas office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued a local TV station for age discrimination. The station’s on-air traffic reporter who circled over Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) traffic resigned, and a replacement needed to be found. The replacement, a 24-year-old, was allegedly unqualified for the position. The EEOC claims that a very […]

Print
EEOC

EEOC Ends Fiscal Year with a Flurry of Suits

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) operates under a fiscal year (FY) that runs from October 1 to September 30. An FY-end tradition for the agency is to file as many lawsuits as possible on or before September 30 so that they will count toward the statistical measures for the closing FY.

Print

Tax Bill Affects Numerous Fringe Benefits

The massive tax overhaul recently enacted by Congress includes provisions that affect a variety of fringe benefits, along with other aspects of employee benefits and compensation.

Print
age discrimination

New ‘Kid’ on the Block Fires Longtime Employee and Sends Age Discrimination Claim to Trial

What do you get when a new supervisor in his late 20s begins managing a longtime employee who is 36 years his senior, begins documenting the employee’s alleged performance deficiencies while still giving him “meets expectations” reviews, and places the employee on a performance improvement plan (PIP) that results in his firing? An age discrimination […]

Print
union

Latest NLRB ‘Microunits’ Reversal is ‘Big Win for Employers’

The latest National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision reversing actions by the Obama-era Board hands employers a win against an organizing tactic that gave unions the upper hand in determining what constitutes an appropriate bargaining unit. As was the case with other mid-December decisions, the Board turned the old standard into the new standard.

Print
ID cards

REAL ID Act—Will January 2018 Compliance Deadline Affect Your Operations?

As 2018 approaches, the federal REAL ID Act has returned to the spotlight. You may even have seen a (hyperbolic and inaccurate) social media alert warning U.S. travelers that they’re all going to be required to get passports for themselves, their kids, and the family dog before they can fly to Disney World next year. (Not true.)

Print