By Howard Mavity
We are again running a Biggest Loser Contest among our 31 offices and will award prizes, beginning at $1,000, to individuals who lose the most weight.
I do not watch reality shows and am generally cynical about such programs. However, I am happily eating my own words. Employees are having fun with the contest and the competition has generated a lot of camaraderie and playful competition.
When I visit one office, someone will only half-jokingly ask me to leave donuts on the desk of one of their “weight loss foes” in the next office I visit. Folks have regaled me with their elaborate preparation and routine for winning the contest. Their approach reminded me of my pre-race and pre-fight preparation of a few years ago. Read more…
Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $10.2 million to 19 states to ramp up their enforcement activities “to implement or improve worker misclassification detection and enforcement initiatives in unemployment insurance programs.”
Specifically, the department is searching for businesses that misclassify workers as contractors instead of W-2 employees. The agency is losing out on millions of dollars each year in unpaid taxes, and they intend to find as much of it as possible.
Here are the states receiving the extra funds to increase their enforcement: California, New Mexico, Delaware, New York, Florida, Oregon, Hawaii, South Dakota, Idaho, Tennessee, Indiana, Texas, Maryland, Utah, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and New Jersey. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is obsessed with wellness programs.
Or, as the EEOC likes to describe them “‘so-called’ wellness programs.” And not in a “yay, so-called wellness programs are super” kinda way.
No, in recent months, the EEOC has initiated litigation against companies (example, example, example) claiming that they violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-Disclosure Act (GINA) by both requiring medical examination and penalizing employees who decline to participate. Read more…
By Ashley Manfull
Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled that a former female manager of AutoZone can keep a record-breaking $185 million punitive damages award on her claims of pregnancy-related harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in Juarez v. AutoZone Stores, Inc.
In 2008, Ms. Juarez filed her complaint against AutoZone, alleging the company had a culture of discriminating against and refusing to promote female employees to management positions. Ms. Juarez was promoted to parts sales manager in 2004 after she complained about lack of promotion opportunities and threatened to sue the company. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
Telling an employee returning from open-heart surgery, “Don’t die at the desk” is bad. Very bad.
Also, threatening to drag that employee outside and throw him in a ditch isn’t good either.
Yeah, that may fracture a law or two. I’m thinking the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Heck, even the Taliban would frown on that. Read more…
Attend Thursday’s webinar to receive a special $100 off registration discount code to our 2015 High Performance Workforce Summit!
This webinar will analyze why workplace disputes became employment litigation and can become an occupational safety hazard. With the various laws and organizations regulating the workplace (EEOC, FMLA, etc.), it’s quite helpful to have a guiding hand to avoid having a workplace dispute become a full-blown employment litigation. Please join this panel of legal counsel and Plaintiff Attorney Milton Williams, Defense Attorney Daniel A. Kaplan, and Retired Judge Richard D. Eade, along with the host, attorney Mark Neuberger, as they cover the following:
The steps you need to take to avoid litigation;
If litigation is unavoidable, how to ensure a successful outcome;
Overview of current laws/regulations that can entail litigation;
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By Michael J, Lotito
Perhaps sensing former recess appointee Sharon Block‘s confirmation to the National Labor Relations Board would be an uphill battle, President Obama has reportedly announced that he is withdrawing her nomination.
According to a report by Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, the President will instead name Lauren McFerran, chief labor counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (known as HELP), as his choice to be the fifth NLRB member.
Many U.S. Senators have been of the mindset that Block should not be “rewarded” with a Board position after the U.S. Supreme Court deemed hers and current Board General Counsel Richard Griffin’s recess appointments unconstitutional in Noel Canning v. NLRB. Read more…