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Consistent With Your Gender Identity: Dept of Labour Rule on Bathroom Use


A new final rule on sex and gender-based bias from the Department of Labour reaffirms principles that should already be familiar to you: it is not ok to discriminate against people for reasons of sex, gender or sexual orientation; and discrimination includes bias in hiring, promotions and pay, and in unequal working conditions or benefits. That is, as far as the Department of Labour is concerned, federal contractors cannot force transgender employees to use the wrong bathroom.

Is Your Small Business Breaking Labor Laws? 5 Mistakes to Avoid


But it’s still your responsibility to know which federal, state and local labor laws apply to you and to stay in compliance with them. Federal law doesn’t require you to give your employees meal or 15-minute breaks. Classifying Employees as Independent Contractors. Some small business owners think it’ll be easier and cheaper to classify their employees as independent contractors, so they don’t have to pay payroll taxes or cover benefits like disability and paid leave.

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How to staff your start up!


Part-Time, Contractor, Temp, Casual, Full-Time or outsource EVERYTHING?? Whether this is from day one or later down the track, when you have determined it’s time to get help, it’s worthwhile taking careful considerations to your options and their immediate and longer term implications: Independent Contractors/Outsourcing. A very useful initial approach would be to hiring independent contractors or outsource instead of hiring employees.

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Employment Class Actions Survive Despite Wal-Mart Ruling


Compliance / Legal. The end of the road for a class-action discrimination lawsuit brought by female employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. A day after the decision, a federal judge in New York ruled that about 600 employees of Tyco International Ltd unit SimplexGrinnell can sue jointly on their claims that they were underpaid. On June 29, a federal judge in Florida denied Starbucks Corp.’s That same week, a federal judge in California denied trucking company C.R.

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Increasing Disability Employment in the Workplace


Compliance with disability legislation. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers cannot discriminate in hiring or in employment. Also, any business that employs over $100,000 in federal contractors has an “aspirational goal” set by the government: 7% of the workforce within your business should be people with disabilities. Why increase awareness about disability employment in the workplace?

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Is it illegal to recruit on Facebook?

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Using social networks as your only source for candidates could be discriminating against potential applicants that do not have social networking profiles. Using social networks as a source of information about your applicants could cause you to discriminate intentionally, or unintentionally, based on protected-class status such as race, gender, religion and so on, or on the basis of one’s leisure activities if they do not agree with your organization’s culture. ABOUT OUR GUEST.

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Justice Department Sues Nation's Largest Mortgage Insurance.


Compliance / Legal. Justice Department Sues Nation’s Largest Mortgage Insurance Provider for Discrimination Against Women on Paid Maternity Leave. WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it has sued the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC), the nation’s largest mortgage insurance company, and two of its underwriters, Elgina Cunningham and Kelly Kane, for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against women on paid maternity leave.

EEOC is reconsidering their policy regarding Criminal Background.


Compliance / Legal. Solomon is the co-chair of the federal interagency Reentry Council’s staff working group. Shriver, III, Senior Policy Counsel for the Office of Personnel Management, told the Commission that, contrary to what some believe, having an arrest or conviction record does not automatically mean that a person can not work for the federal government. Federal regulations permit agencies to consider each applicant’s unique situation. Be our Friend.

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HR LunchBreak: Affecting the VALUE of Your Workforce


Compliance / Legal. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. This collapse was the largest since the Federal Reserve began tracking household wealth after WW2 From August 2007 to October 2008, an estimated 20%, or $2 trillion, disappeared from Americans’ retirement plans. US Labor Department and State of California Sign Agreement to Reduce Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors.

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Candidates will soon be in Control


Compliance / Legal. More articles : » Taking the Mystery Out of Bad Hiring Practices Want some free anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training? » Hell hath no fury like a government agency scorned Misclassifying workers as independent contractors now carries an even steeper price.California now has the nations most punitive laws against worker misclassification. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Be our Friend.

Want to litigate in private? Opt for arbitration


Compliance / Legal. As one federal court recently put it, “the public at large pays for the courts and therefore has an interest in what goes on at all stages of a judicial proceeding.” Mike has prosecuted and defended more than 300 employee defection and recruitment matters, obtaining and defeating injunctive relief in at least 27 different state and federal courts, in addition to dozens of arbitration actions before the National Association of Securities Dealers.

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