Court: Firing older workers to lower health costs won’t cut it

There are plenty of legal tactics employers can use to lower their healthcare premiums. Firing workers over the age of 65 is not one of them. That’s what one troubled firm was accused of in Tramp v....
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Does paying employees to eat mean you don’t have to pay them to change?

Three workers recently sued their employer to collect overtime pay for the time they spent putting on uniforms and protective gear. But this employer had an interesting defense — that worked.  Meet...
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5 new regs for 2015 you’re going to need to watch

If we had to sum up what federal agencies such as the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) had planned for next year in just two words, it would be this: New...
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Federal court, EEOC clash on hot discrimination issue

This is what happens when humans try to interpret and apply imperfect laws.  Some are going to think the laws say one thing, while others will disagree. That’s what is happening right now when...
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Disability services provider gets nailed — for violating ADA

So you’re a non-profit agency whose mission is to help people with disabilities. How in the world could you think it’s OK to fire somebody because he’s deaf?   The Metropolitan Detroit...
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EEOC’s litigation strategy gets slapped around in Senate hearing

Republicans’ predicted assault on what some employers perceive as over-aggressive agency enforcement of employment laws may have just begun — and they haven’t even taken control of Congress...
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A crucial win for employers in EEOC’s latest wellness lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) may have just filed its lawsuit against Honeywell’s wellness program, but one of the agency’s requests has already been shot down. What does this...
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Ouch! Asking candidates for family medical info costs biz $187K

This company committed perhaps the cardinal sin under the commonly misunderstood Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  All Star Seed, Inc., La Valle Sabbia and Abatti, three Southern...
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A $128k lesson in why employers need to accommodate disabled workers

An Arkansas car dealership is on the hook for more than $128k after it failed to accommodate a sales manager who returned to work after spine surgery. Randall Ford in Fort Smith will pay $128,750 as...
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Rising stakes in wage-and-hour suits: Jail time for employers

While the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) says wage and hour violators could face imprisonment, that punishment was rarely levied. But ultra-aggressive enforcement efforts have raised the stakes. Until...
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