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Jun 30 2015
 

Alert: Supreme Court says states must grant and recognize same-sex marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all states, and that all states must recognize same-sex marriages lawfully performed in other states.

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Jun 24 2015
Leave Laws  

ALERT: Oregon Governor Signs Paid Sick Leave Bill

Governor Kate Brown has officially signed into law Oregon’s paid sick leave bill (SB 454).

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Jun 03 2015
Harassment & DiscriminationHiring  

Alert: Request for religious accommodation not required, says Supreme Court

A Muslim woman who wore a head scarf when she applied for a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store didn’t have to specifically request a religious accommodation to the store’s “Look Policy,” ruled the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Apr 16 2015
Wage and Hour  

Waiver of 2nd meal period for shifts over 12 hours invalid in California

A California appeals court struck down an Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) order that allowed employees in the health care industry to waive a second meal period for shifts longer than 12 hours. California Labor Code 512(a) says employers generally must provide a second meal period for work periods of more than 10 hours, but employees may waive that second meal period if the employee doesn’t waive the first meal period and the total work period is 12 or fewer hours.

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Mar 26 2015
Disability  

Alert: Supreme Court says pregnancy accommodation may be required

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled UPS may have intentionally discriminated against a pregnant  driver when it denied her request for light duty during her pregnancy.

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Mar 16 2015
Employee BenefitsHealth Care Reform  

IRS gives small employers a break for paying individual health insurance premiums

Although the IRS has stated that reimbursing or paying the premiums for employees’ individual health insurance violates the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the agency is temporarily cutting some slack for small employers.

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Jan 09 2015
Safety and Health  

Revised OSHA reporting in effect; remember to display OSHA-300A summary Feb-April

As we previously reported, January 1, 2015, is the effective date for new rules requiring OSHA-covered employers to notify the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye within 24 hours of learning of a work-related injury.

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Jan 06 2015
Q&A  

If anti-harassment policy is broader than law requires, be prepared to enforce it

Q: Our policy against harassment says we will take disciplinary action for any inappropriate workplace conduct, regardless of whether it violates the law. An employee complained of coworkers yelling at him, but it doesn’t seem connected to a protected status, so do we have to take action?

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Dec 16 2014
Q&ADisability  

Essential functions of job may not be as clear as you think

Question: Our receptionist is responsible not only for answering phones and greeting visitors, but also for keeping the adjacent coffee room clean. She now says she is allergic to all cleaning products and cannot clean the coffee room. We believe this is an essential function of her job. If we can’t find a reasonable accommodation, can we remove her from the position?

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Dec 11 2014
Wage and Hour  

Alert: Supreme Court says no pay for security screening time at Amazon warehouse

Warehouse workers who had to wait up to 25 minutes after their shifts to go through a security screening weren’t entitled to be paid for the time, ruled the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday.

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