Category Archives: HR Law

EEOC Releases Final Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released new final guidance on workplace harassment, replacing five previous guidance documents. 

The guidance document addresses how harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; sexual orientation; and gender identity), national origin, age (40 or over), disability, or genetic information is defined under EEOC-enforced statutes and the analysis for determining whether employer liability is established. The guidance document is thorough in its explanations and provides Read the rest

New Guidance for COVID Isolation

At the beginning of this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated recommendations for how people can protect themselves and their communities from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. The CDC is making updates to the recommendations now because the U.S. is seeing far fewer hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19. While it remains a threat, it is considered far less likely to cause severe illness because of widespread immunity and improved tools to prevent and treat the Read the rest

FLSA Protections to Pump at Work

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new version of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) poster. The poster has been updated to reflect recent amendments regarding break time for nursing employees under the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for their nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time such employee Read the rest

Can You Fire Someone for Needing Time Off for an Illness? Is There Any Recourse for the Employee?

Charlene, an employee of the library, noticed Bob in the hall and asked, “Did something happen to Pat? I’ve sent her a couple of messages, but I haven’t received any responses.“ Bob who was Pat’s supervisor stated, “I had to let her go. She had been out on sick leave for a while, but she wanted more time off. I needed to get work done. I couldn’t just keep giving her time off. Besides, she understood that we only give Read the rest

Reminder to Employers Regarding Mandatory Workplace Posters

As we move into a new year, employers are reminded to ensure they comply with the various mandatory workplace notice and posting requirements under applicable state and federal laws.

Some of the statutes and regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) require that notices be provided to employees and/or posted in the workplace. Posters must be physically posted conspicuously at each of the employer’s facilities and/or work sites in places that are convenient and easily accessible to Read the rest

Fired Librarians Turn to EEOC

There has been an unprecedented surge in local and statewide book challenges recently. Library workers across the nation face professional and personal attacks along with threats and loss of employment in some cases. According to this report, three librarians who were fired because they opposed the removal of banned books and/or for standing up for programs on anti-racism and LGBTQ+ in their libraries, have filed workplace discrimination claims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). See the resources Read the rest

EEOC Proposes Updated Workplace Harassment Guidance

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed enforcement guidance on workplace harassment after more than a half-decade of public debate and commentary. The document is intended to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or EEOC policies. The document provides numerous examples reflecting a wide range of scenarios and notable changes in the law, including the emerging issues of virtual or online harassment, harassment based upon perception, and workplace harassment based on reproductive decisions. The Read the rest

Employment Law Rulings and Guidance with Implications for Employers

The U.S. Supreme Court (the Court) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were busy last month. The Court addressed two critical issues —religious accommodations and affirmative action— while the General Counsel to the NLRB issued new guidance on protections for employees. Each may have long-term implications for employers. Here are brief summaries.

Religious Accommodations

According to this report, on June 29, 2023, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Groff v. DeJoy, a case where a former U.S. Read the rest

EEOC Says End of Public Health Emergency Does Not Mean the End of COVID Accommodations

In a press release issued last month (May 2023) the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a number of updates to its COVID-19 technical assistance, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws,” including adding a new question and answer about the end of the federal declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

EEOC cautioned: The end of the COVID-19 public health emergency does not mean employers can Read the rest

Legislative Protections for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Workers Take Effect Soon

In the January (2023) issue of Library Worklife we mentioned that President Biden had signed the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Spending Bill into law on December 29, 2022. The bill included two acts that help working mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (known as the PUMP Act) were both part of the bill.

In the brief details given related to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Read the rest