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Majority of Breastfeeding Discrimination Cases Involve Job Loss

Pregnancy discrimination, which includes discrimination based upon breastfeeding and lactation, is prohibited by the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. It is also arguably sex discrimination, which is prohibited by both federal and Kentucky law. Breastfeeding discrimination comes in a number of forms, including harassment of breastfeeding workers. Most commonly,...

Worker misclassification resulting in IRS, DOL enforcement action

Does your organization employ a lot of independent contractors? Relying on contractors rather than employees is a hallmark of the “gig economy,” and many companies benefit from the arrangement. However, the question of whether a worker is actually an independent contractor, as opposed to a statutory employee, is a legal...

Appeals court overturns Obama-era ‘joint employment’ rule

When a franchisee violates labor laws, should the parent company be held legally responsible? What if a company that hired temp workers were to violate those workers’ rights? Would that company be liable -- or would the staffing agency be accountable? These are complex questions, and the National Labor Relations...

Women earn only half of what men do when measured long-term

It’s often reported that women earn only about 80 cents on the dollar of what men make, a figure representing a comparison of annual earnings of women versus similarly-situated men. A new study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, however, measured women’s earnings over a period of 15 years....

SCOTUS: ADEA employee threshold doesn’t apply to public sector

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits employers from discriminating against people who are 40 or older. The ADEA defines an employer as “a person engaged in an industry affecting commerce who has twenty or more employees for each working day in each of twenty or more...

Men and women should be evaluated by the same objective criteria

A recent case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contends that a woman at a group of motorcycle dealerships had to meet requirements for a promotion that men could bypass. This, the EEOC says, is illegal gender discrimination. lawsuit, which was brought in August, a female sales manager at...

Five potential liabilities at your office holiday party

The office holiday party is just one way employers can show their appreciation for employees’ hard work throughout the year. Hosting such an annual get-together gives back to those that have contributed to the company’s success, boosts morale, and creates a light-hearted camaraderie. But they can also present liability issues....

Independent contractor or employee? Know the difference.

Contractor positions are becoming increasingly frequent in the "gig" workplace. Hiring independent contractors instead of employees offers significant benefits to a company, including saving money on employment taxes, employee benefits, and workers' compensation insurance coverage. A company may have contractors and employees working alongside each other. Sometimes the distinction between...
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