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Employment Non-Discrimination Act Gaining Ground for LGBT Employees

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate are evaluating the merits of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The Bill would protect the approximately 9 million Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in hiring and employment. Employer Federal Posting Update ENDA includes a posting component in Section 13. If […]

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Court to NLRB: ‘No’ to the Posting Requirement. Again.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cannot require nearly six million U.S. employers to post its controversial Employee Rights Notice. The NLRB argued it had both authority and the need for the posting requirement, arguing that the rule was necessary because employees […]

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Whistleblower Wins Big Against New Jersey Blood Bank

Court awards $2 million to terminated whistleblower. A New Jersey blood bank employee alerted his supervisors that staffing schedules left serious gaps in available skill sets, including personnel capable of performing “cross matches” and other blood-screening procedures. The lack of qualified technicians created a potentially life-threatening situation for at least one patient who required a […]

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Five Employers Face Court for Refusing Benefits to Pregnant Daughters

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) filed administrative complaints with the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, challenging five employers’ health benefit plans that exclude pregnancy coverage for their employees’ dependent daughters. Their complaints called out: Auburn University Gonzaga University Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Beacon Health […]

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Colorado Extends FMLA Coverage for Family Members

*Note: This blog was written in 2013, and may not be accurate to date. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law The Colorado Family Care Act (HB13-1222). The Act allows Colorado employees to take temporary protected leave from employment as allowed under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) but expands the family members […]

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Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriages Changes Workplace Benefits

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling could affect employers with American locations that provide federally regulated workplace benefits. In United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) definitions of “marriage” and “spouse” that specifically excluded same-sex partners. The decision is lauded as a victory for the rights of […]

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White House Delays “Obama Care” for Employers

Business owners received a one-year reprieve as the Obama Administration made a surprise announcement that it would delay until 2015 the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for companies with 50 or more employees. Under the Act, business affected by the Act must provide affordable health care insurance coverage to any uninsured full-time employees or risk a […]