Corporate Services, Inc. News (2017)
ADA Dilemma: Did Over-Accommodating Disabled Worker Leave Company Trapped?
Say a well-meaning manager wants to do the right thing for a disabled worker and winds up offering an accommodation that goes above and beyond what is required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Then, when management changes, a different manager decides the arrangement is no longer feasible. Is the company bound by law to continue providing that accommodation?more
EEOC Files Landmark Parental Leave Suit: Was Dad Discriminated Against?
When this employer rolled out its parental leave policy a few years ago, it probably never imagined it would be facing a discrimination suit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by one of its employees. But that is just what happened to one of the biggest names in cosmetics.more
EEO-1 Changes: Employers Just Caught a Major Break
If you were in the middle of your preparations for the more detailed EEO-1 reporting requirements for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), stop what you are doing right now. The controversial, workload-increasing changes to the EEO-1 have been "stayed indefinitely."more
Pot in the Workplace: New Ruling May Spark Drug Policy Changes
Another court has handed down a ruling on a company's drug policy, and courts now seem to be sending a clear message to employers: do not automatically terminate marijuana users with legal prescriptions just because they failed a drug test.more
A Five-Part Checklist that Works for Any ADA Accommodation Request
From extended leave to drug-usage during work hours, there are plenty of reasonable accommodations employers may be required to make under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).more
Judge Deals Major Blow to EEOC's Wellness Regulations, Leaves Employers in Limbo
In a recent high-profile court ruling, a judge did not strike down controversial regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding employer wellness plans per se, but his ruling does have the potential to alter the fate of those regulations.more
Pocket-Dial Costs Man a Cushy Six-Figure Job He 'Barely Showed Up To'
Here is some advice for individuals who set the bar low: If you do manage to land that dream job that essentially pays you big bucks to do nothing, do not ever, under any circumstances, brag about the fact that you have such a job.more
Game-Changing Ruling on Marijuana Has Major Implications for HR Professionals Everywhere
A recent landmark court ruling shows just how tricky it can be for human resource professionals when state and federal marijuana laws collide.more
Supreme Court Just Killed This Pay Option for Some: Is Your Firm Impacted?
When the Supreme Court opted not to hear a recent case involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), it effectively killed a pay option for many employers and left one California city on the hook for a serious amount of back pay.more
Senate Republicans Release Bill to 'Repeal and Replace' the Affordable Care Act
On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After the House narrowly passed its version of ACA overhaul legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), on May 4, 2017, attention shifted to the Senate to craft its own proposal.more
No, 'Obsessive Stalking' Is Not ADA-Protected
Attention, victims of failed workplace romances: If you are thinking of stalking your ex, do not expect to be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Here is a lawsuit you have to see to believe.more
Three 'Harmless' Interview Questions That Can Land HR in Big Trouble
Human resources professionals usually go out of their way to avoid asking obvious questions about race, age, gender and disability during job interviews. But sometimes "innocent" queries can stray into off-limit topics and wind up coming back to haunt employers.more
City Becomes First to Offer Student Loan Repayment Benefits: Who's Next?
The City of Memphis just announced the Student Loan Reduction Program, which was created specifically to help employees with their student loan debts strengthening the idea that student loan repayment benefits are more than a passing fad.more
Putative Class and Collective Action Under Enjoined U.S. DOL Overtime Rule Appears to Face Strong Argument for Dismissal
On June 7, 2017, a plaintiff brought a putative class and collective action against Chipotle for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New Jersey's Wage and Hour Law.more
DOL to Take Steps to Address Persuader, Overtime Rules
The same week the Department of Labor (DOL) removed two guidance documents governing joint employment and independent contractors, it indicated it will soon reconsider two contentious rules that have been put on hold.more
DOL Withdraws Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Guidance
In a three-sentence press release on Jun. 7, 2017, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of two Wage and Hour Administrator's Interpretations (AIs) on joint employment and independent contractors.more
Cook County, Illinois Publishes Final Rules for Sick Leave Ordinance: Employers, Are You Ready?
On July 1, 2017, the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance goes into effect. The Ordinance (at the time of this writing) provides certain employees in approximately 2/3 of the Cook County's municipalities with paid sick time benefits.more
ADA: Did Company Have to Accommodate Needle-Phobic Pharmacist When Job Changed?
There is a lot of pressure on employers to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals who fall under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But a recent court case confirms there are reasonable limits to your responsibilities.more
President's Budget Proposes Paid Leave, Funding Cuts and Merger of OFCCP and EEOC
President Trump has released his proposed budget, setting out his priorities for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins October 1. As anticipated, the budget represents a marked shift in potential government spending; it proposes to eliminate roughly $3.6 trillion over the next decade.more
HHS Chief: The Senate Will Pass ACA Repeal Bill by August
According to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, the Senate will be able to complete its vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by August, just before its month-long recess.more
Review past issues of the Corporate Services newsletter.
Vol. VII – No. 8 — 09/13/2017
Vol. VII – No. 7 — 06/14/2017
Vol. VII – No. 6 — 05/09/2017
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