When thinking about employment-related lawsuits, employers should be thinking when – not if. Employment claims can be filed against big corporations and small businesses alike. Defense costs against a lawsuit or EEOC claim can get expensive quickly. Sometimes an employer must decide between settling a discrimination claim and pursuing a viable defense purely based on…

EEOC’s Proposed Revision of EEO-1 Reports to Include Pay Data On January 29, 2016, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced it planned on revising the Employer Information Report (EEO-1). This revision would include collecting pay data from employers, including federal contractors, with more than 100 employees. The EEOC states that the new…

The FLSA and Inclement Weather Closures for Private Businesses The Northeastern part of the United States recently experienced a blizzard, which led to many businesses closing doors and telling employees to stay home. However, for some other businesses, which chose to stay open, employees called in saying they could not make it to work. While…

DOL Takes Last Step in Finalizing Persuader Rule Revision The Department of Labor (“DOL”) took the final step towards finalizing its revision of the “persuader rule” on December 7, 2015. The revision was first proposed in July 2011, but because of initial push-back, it fell to the wayside for several years. Due to recent efforts…

Service Animal or Pet?: The Issue with Service Animal Certifications A woman walks into a court house. Trailing her, on a leash, is a chocolate lab with a blue vest. She stops at the security desk and asks directions for the court clerk’s office. The security guard points down the hall, then looks down at…

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