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Employer wellness programs could run afoul of federal, state laws

With health insurance costs on the mind of all employers, a way to cut expenses and get healthier employees sounds like a good option.

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US Supreme Court justices have mixed feelings in mixed-motive Title VII case

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to have mixed feelings about allowing an employee asserting a Title VII-based retaliation claim to prove that his complaint of discrimination was one motivating factor for the employer’s adverse action rather than the but-for cause.

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Is EEOC following NLRB’s lead on confidentiality in investigations?

Before lawyers had time to digest the recent ruling from the National Labor Relations Board that an employer violated federal labor law by requesting confidentiality from all employees during internal investigations, they faced another question: was the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission taking the same position?

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Blanket policies against hiring ex-cons could get employers into big trouble

Jane Doe was 19 years old when she was charged with prescription fraud. She altered the quantity on a painkiller prescription she received for tooth pain. To make things right after her youthful mistake, she entered a diversion program and was able to avoid having a criminal record that would follow her for the rest of her life. Or so she thought.

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EEOC transgender ruling could open door to gay bias claims

The recent ruling from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission holding that transgendered workers can bring employment bias claims under Title VII is a “game changer” in employment discrimination law, and could lead to claims under the Act based on sexual orientation.

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EEOC adds transgender to protected list

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups are praising the recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decision in Macy v. Holder (appeal no. 0120120821), to extend Title VII employment discrimination protection to transgender individuals.

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JOB CITES: Revisiting transgenderism in the workplace

Some of you may recall my article a few years back entitled “What About Roberta?” about transgenderism in the workplace. In that piece, we followed “Bob,” a long-term employee who came into an office seeking support as he went through the process of transitioning from male to female.

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