EEOC Issues Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law

On March 27, 2014, the EEOC issued a Digest that includes selected EEOC decisions on various topics including, but not limited to, damages, attorney’s fees, remedies, and sanctions. The digest also includes an article titled: Retaliation: An Evolving Area of the Law, which examines the reasons behind an increased number of findings of discrimination based… Continue reading EEOC Issues Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law

Washington Pursues Criminal Charges Against Employees who “Steal” Benefits

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) issued two news releases in the last month about prosecuting employees for defrauding the state of workers’ compensation benefits. In one case, the employee filed a claim with L&I in 2000 and received more than $39,000 in benefits before an anonymous tip led L&I investigators to the… Continue reading Washington Pursues Criminal Charges Against Employees who “Steal” Benefits

Oregon Employment Appeals Board Decisions Available to the Public

On March 6, 2014, the Governor signed House Bill 4010 into law.  HB 4010 amends ORS 657.665 to clearly state that: “The Employment Department may make public all decisions of the Employment Appeals Board.” EAB decisions had been available on-line until recently, when the Employment Department suspended publication over concerns about customer confidentiality.  The amendment… Continue reading Oregon Employment Appeals Board Decisions Available to the Public

Employee who was 3 Minutes Late May Get Unemployment

On March 12, 2014, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed an Employment Department Appeals Board decision that denied an employee unemployment based on alleged time-card fraud.  The employee arrived at work a few minutes late, clocked-in, and then ran back out of the office for a few minutes to park her car.  The employer fired the… Continue reading Employee who was 3 Minutes Late May Get Unemployment

Changes to Overtime Rules

Today President Obama signed a presidential memorandum directing the Department of Labor to devise new overtime rules.  In particular, the President wants the DOL to raise the $455/week salary basis minimum so more salaried workers are eligible for overtime. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-order-strengthened-overtime-pay-rules/2014/03/13/cbca266c-aa7e-11e3-8a7b-c1c684e2671f_story.html We will continue to monitor developments from the DOL on this topic.

Social Media and the Laws Enforced by the EEOC

A summary of today’s Social Media Commission meeting at the EEOC can be found here: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-12-14.cfm Among the issues discussed: the use of social media for recruiting and risks of considering information about an applicant’s race, gender, age and ethnicity learned via social media during the hiring process; the role of social media in workplace… Continue reading Social Media and the Laws Enforced by the EEOC

Tips for Employers on Criminal Background Checks

Yesterday, the EEOC and Federal Trade Commission issued a joint publication on the use of employment background checks. Tips for employers, including Fair Credit Reporting Act requirements, can be found here:  http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/background_checks_employers.cfm Tips for employees and applicants are here: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/background_checks_employees.cfm