Category Archives: HR Law

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

Department of Labor Increased Fines for Posting Penalties

Employers that fail to comply with labor law posting requirements face higher fines. Each year the Department of Labor (DOL) increases fines for posting penalties to keep up with inflation.

The DOL published the higher penalties in the Federal Register this past January. The higher fines apply to penalties assessed after January 15, 2023. The new maximum penalties for posting violations are as follows:

  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – $24,793
  • Job Safety and Health It’s the Law: Occupational Safety
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Don’t Ask an Older Employee ‘When Are You Going to Retire?’ It Could Land You in Court

Last month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued two manufacturing companies for age discrimination — announcing both lawsuits on the same day (March 31, 2023)

In the first case (Case No.1:23-cv-00817), the EEOC filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against Exact Sciences Laboratories. According to the lawsuit, Exact Sciences Laboratories, LLC, manufacturer of the Cologuard colon cancer screening test, violated federal law by discriminating against a job applicant based on his Read the rest

States Push Pay Reporting Requirements in Effort to Ensure Pay Equity

Do you ever wonder if your salary is the same as a coworker doing the same or similar job? How would you find out? Would you come right out and ask the coworker how much they make? Probably not. Most people wouldn’t feel comfortable talking about how much they make with their coworkers. Discussing salary at work can be problematic. Conversations can evoke feelings of jealousy, unfairness, and inequity among co-workers. There is a long-standing history of not openly Read the rest

New ‘Know Your Rights’ Poster Available

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new mandatory poster: “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal.” This new poster replaces the previous “EEO is the Law” poster. Posters are available for free from EEOC.

The law requires an employer to post a notice describing the Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, religion, age (40 and older), equal pay, disability or Read the rest

Updated EEOC Resource Explains ADA Requirements for Individuals with Hearing Disabilities in the Workplace

In January 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated resource document, “Hearing Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” explaining how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to job applicants and employees who are deaf or hard of hearing or have other hearing conditions.

The document outlines how certain pre- and post-job offer disability-related questions can violate the ADA, describes free or low-cost, easy-to-access technologies that can provide reasonable accommodation Read the rest

More to be Done as FMLA Turns 30

By Beatrice Calvin

When I had my first child, I used a combination of saved-up vacation and sick time to stay home and bond with my baby. I opted to take partial payments to have a longer time off and ensure that I had some income during that time off. My checks were only half as much as normal. When my vacation and sick time were exhausted, I returned to work. I was an emotional wreck that first day back. Read the rest

Increased Legislative Protections for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Workers that Employers Need to be Aware of

On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Spending Bill into law. The bill includes 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.

Brief details of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)

This bill prohibits employment practices that discriminate against making reasonable accommodations for qualified employees Read the rest

Employers Must Accommodate Those with Long COVID

Although many people with COVID-19 get better within weeks, some people continue to experience symptoms that can last months after first being infected. They may also experience new or recurring symptoms at a later time. This can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the initial illness was mild. People with this condition are sometimes called “long-haulers.”  This condition is known as “long COVID.”

Due to the rise of long COVID as a persistent and significant health issue, Read the rest

Supreme Court Seems Prepared to End Affirmative Action in College Admissions

For decades, universities have had the ability to consider a student’s race, along with a wide range of other factors (i.e., academic merit, athletics, extracurricular activities, etc.) when it comes to deciding whether to admit a student. But now, the Supreme Court could change this. Last month (October 2022) the Supreme Court heard oral arguments related to affirmative action policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. If the court strikes down the policies — also Read the rest