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EEOC sues Oakland restaurant for disability bias in firing cook with seizure disorder

September 12th, 2011

Merritt Restaurant and Bakery, located near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it discriminated against an employee with a history of seizures, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) contends in a lawsuit announced on September 8, 2011.
The suit filed by the agency in federal court in California [Read more...]

More U.S. workers unhappy with health benefits, promotions, according to Gallup poll

September 12th, 2011

U.S. workers are more dissatisfied today with their health insurance benefits and their chances for promotion than they were before the global economic collapse. These are the biggest movers since August 2008 on a list of 13 specific job aspects Gallup tracks.

The health insurance benefits your employer offers: 19 percent dissatisfied in 2008, 30 percent [Read more...]

Fourth Circuit dismisses health reform challenges for lack of standing

September 9th, 2011

In two cases decided on September 8, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In both cases, rather than reaching the merits of the PPACA, the court ruled that the plaintiffs did not have standing to sue.
Virginia. In Commonwealth of Virginia v. Sebelius (No. [Read more...]

SHRM poll reveals half of employers conduct drug tests on final job candidates

September 9th, 2011

More than half of employers (57 percent) conduct drug tests on all job candidates, while only 29 percent do not conduct drug tests on any job candidates, according to a poll released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in collaboration with and commissioned by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). Most [Read more...]

EEOC letter offers short course on permissible use of criminal histories in hiring

September 8th, 2011

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission treated the U.S. Census Bureau to a short course on lawful inquiries into employment applicants’ criminal histories in a recently released informal discussion letter.
The letter focuses on the Bureau’s form BC-170, Census Employment Inquiry, which is used to gather information from job applicants. The form provides a warning to [Read more...]