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Bring In Your Parents Day?
October 19, 2017
Following my earlier post about “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” I recently heard about another event taking place on November 10, 2017 – “Bring In Your Parents Day.” My initial reaction was utter disbelief. Have we really come to the point where helicopter parents are officially invited to buzz the workplace?
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U.S. Department of Justice Rescinds Policy Protecting Transgender Employees
October 17, 2017
On October 4, 2017, the United States Department of Justice, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, issued a memorandum rescinding an Obama-era policy protecting transgender employees from employment discrimination pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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The EEOC’s Civility Training Program – Watch Out For That NLRB Charge!
October 12, 2017
Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced it was offering a training program on respectful workplaces as an alternative to traditional harassment prevention training.
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Employee Fingerprinting and the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act: Class Action Suits Filed
October 9, 2017
On September 29, 2017, a group of employees at Peacock Foods filed a class action lawsuit claiming that the company’s collection of employee fingerprints for time-tracking purposes violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
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Lessons from Shake Shack: A Higher Minimum Wage = Loss of Jobs
October 5, 2017
This week, Shake Shack excitedly announced that it was implementing kiosk-only service at its newest NYC location, with an ostensible focus on digital innovation and improved customer experience.
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Is An Employer Responsible When an Employee Doesn’t Report All Hours Worked?
October 4, 2017
Employers often place the burden on employees of recording hours worked.  Employee handbooks have provisions that require employees to record and report all time worked.  Employers may require employees to review and sign their timecards verifying their hours.  Policies may prohibit off-the-clock work and notify employees that they must report errors in pay.  But are these things enough to free employers from liability for unrecorded, unpaid wages?
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October Immigration Update: H-1B premium processing, new interview requirements, and I-9 update
October 4, 2017
A Roundup of recent updates.
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End of Fiscal Year Filings Signal Business as Usual at the EEOC – For Now
October 3, 2017
Just like the leaves turning colors, you can count on a flurry of court filings from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) every September as the agency rushes to get cases on file before the end of its fiscal year, September 30.
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Oregon Employers Can No Longer Seek Salary History Information Beginning October 6
October 2, 2017
Bullard Law has previously written about the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 which was passed by the 2017 Legislature and signed into law by the Governor on June 1st. While most of the provisions of the new law do not go into effect until 2019 or even later, the provision that makes it an unlawful employment practice for a prospective employer to seek salary history of an applicant or employee goes into effect October 6, 2017.
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Take Two: The Supreme Court Again to Decide the Constitutionality of Public Sector Union “Fair Share Fees”
October 2, 2017
As we previously reported, in July 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided to hear an appeal of a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding the legality of “fair share” fees for public employees. Fair share fees are fees that are proportionate to the union’s costs associated with collective bargaining, contract administration and other activities germane to the union’s duties as the collective bargaining representative. 
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Don’t Get Too Excited That The 7th Circuit Says Extended Medical Leave Is Not An ADA Reasonable Accommodation
September 29, 2017
Sometimes at Blog Central we ask ourselves, “Is it exhausting being right all the time?”  We always answer in the same way: “YES, and actually, it is being ‘correct’ all the time, not ‘right.’”
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Fired for Kneeling During the Anthem? Maybe Not So Fast…
September 28, 2017
President Trump has spoken (and tweeted) his views loud and clear: it is a privilege to play a sport and be paid handsomely for doing so, and any player (as you know, he actually referred to them by another name) that disrespects the flag or our anthem should be fired. Regardless of your views on that subject, can an owner fire a player for doing so?
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Tweets Follow

Oct 16

New #SHRM Federal Court Report: EEOC’s Investigative Authority Continues After Case Otherwise Resolved. https://t.co/0tGhAvfchi

Oct 16

New #SHRM Federal Court Report: Employee Who Did Not Respond to Employer Loses ADA, FMLA Claims. https://t.co/De04euFZBx

Oct 04

October Immigration Update: H-1B premium processing, new interview requirements, and I-9 update. https://t.co/L6rojItPsz