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Labor Department withdraws proposed rule covering minors in agricultural employment

May 1st, 2012

The DOL has withdrawn a proposed rule dealing with minors working in the agricultural industries. The rule had drawn intense criticism in recent months.
One of the more controversial provisions in the rule was the parental exemption that allowed children of any age who are employed by their parent or guardian, to perform any job on [Read more...]

New study of employers shows significant changes for U.S. workers since end of Recession

May 1st, 2012

The latest edition of the National Study of Employers, designed and conducted by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and released jointly on April 30 by FWI and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), finds that employers are increasing employees’ options for managing when and where they work, while reducing some options that affect [Read more...]

Littler attorney demystifies new EEOC criminal history guidance

April 30th, 2012

On April 25, the EEOC issued updated guidance on the use of arrest and conviction records in hiring and employment decisions. The new guidance was developed after the commission held a meeting last July to consider potential revisions to the existing guidance on the same subject.
Barry A. Hartstein, partner and co-chair of the hiring and [Read more...]

Attorney discusses social media manners for employers during hiring process

April 30th, 2012

The exploding presence of online social media has users posting everything from photographs to personal comments, but what types of postings can serve as make-it or break-it fodder for employers scouring prospective employees? Attorney John Riccione of Chicago-based law firm Aronberg Goldgehn explains that there is a fine line employers should walk when using social [Read more...]

EEOC clarifies that Title VII protects transgendered individuals from discrimination in employment

April 27th, 2012

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a decision reversing a federal agency’s determination that a transgendered male-to-female applicant’s complaint of discrimination based on “gender identity stereotyping” could not be adjudicated before the EEOC. The commission instead held that Title VII protects employees who are discriminated against because they are transgender.
Background. The applicant was [Read more...]