Date archive: August 2014

EEOC Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination, which marks the first comprehensive update in over three decades. In the Enforcement Guidance, the EEOC forewarns that it will be much easier to demonstrate that pregnancy-related impairments are “disabilities” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). This change…

Obama Administration Enacts “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

On July 31, 2014, President Obama issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order which is intended to ensure that all federal contractors and subcontractors are “responsible sources who comply with labor laws.” In his Executive Order, President Obama emphasized that “labor laws are designed to promote safe, healthy, fair and effective workplaces” and…

FMLA Leave: What is Retaliation?

Employers are often faced with difficult decisions when a poorly performing employee takes FMLA leave. Any action against the employee following the leave may be closely scrutinized and result in a claim for retaliation. A recent 7th Circuit case provides some guidance on what is, and is not, a retaliatory act. The employee failed to…

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