House Bill 2646 proposes to require employers to provide 8 hours of unpaid leave per year to employees to attend teacher conferences and school related activities during school hours, volunteer at school, and attend school sponsored events. The proposed law also makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to terminate or discipline an… Continue reading Oregon Considers Unpaid Leave to Attend School Functions
A Q&A with the Women’s Bureau Director of the DOL about pregnancy discrimination was posted on the DOL’s Blog last week. The post includes an interesting interactive map of laws regarding pregnancy discrimination. The Q&A is here: http://blog.dol.gov/2015/02/13/qa-with-womens-bureau-director-latifa-lyles-on-pregnancy-discrimination/ The map is here: http://www.dol.gov/wb/maps/
The Oregonian has a good summary of hearings held yesterday on legislation proposing state-wide paid sick leave. http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/02/oregons_proposed_sick_leave_la.html#incart_m-rpt-1 We will continue to follow developments on this issue.
If your answer is “yes,” then you better look for an attorney at the same time, because “fresh” is apparently a code word for young, and as a national restaurant chain just discovered, may be the basis of a claim for age discrimination. According to the EEOC, Seasons 52 refused to hire older employees for… Continue reading Looking to Hire “Fresh” Employees?
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on whether employers can require employees to be vaccinated. http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2015/02/04/can-your-boss-make-you-get-vaccinated/
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently filed a brief in support of a wrongful termination and harassment lawsuit brought by a transgender former employee of Saks & Co. The EEOC asserts that gender expression is a component of sex discrimination under Title VII. The brief comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by… Continue reading EEOC: Title VII Applies to Transgender Employees
The EEOC just released statistics on claims filed/settled in 2014. The percentage of charges alleging retaliation reached its highest amount ever: 42.8%. Also of note, on a national basis, the second most common charge filed was for race discrimination (including harassment), followed by sex discrimination (including pregnancy and sexual harassment). In Oregon, 210 charges were… Continue reading EEOC 2014 Enforcement Data Released