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eLABORate: OFCCP Issues Two FAQs on Disability Self-Identification Requirements and Listing "Remote" Jobs

Phelps Dunbar LLP • October 20, 2014
On October 17, 2014, as part of its on-going efforts to provide guidance to federal contractors regarding recent revisions to Section 503 regulations and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) posted two new Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). One FAQ addresses how contractors may store self-identification disability information in compliance with the recent changes to Section 503. The other FAQ addresses the ways in which contractors may list jobs that are remote, full-time telework positions in compliance with the VEVRAA. The Section 503 and VEVRAA regulations were both revised on September 24, 2013, and the revisions went into effect on March 24, 2014.

A Perk of BYOD Policies at Work

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP • October 20, 2014
Employers face a serious challenge when trying to prevent employees from taking confidential and proprietary information with them when they leave to join a new employer—particularly when the new employer is a competitor. When an employer becomes suspicious about an ex-employee’s activities prior to his or her last day of work, there are a limited number of safe avenues for the employer to pursue.

Resource Update: Anti-Corruption Laws in the Americas

FordHarrison LLP • October 20, 2014
As multinational employers are aware, compliance with the anti-corruption laws of different jurisdictions can be complicated, and penalties for noncompliance can be severe, making compliance a priority for multinational companies. FordHarrison has joined with Ius Laboris member firms in Central and South America to produce Corruption in the Americas, a summary of anti-corruption laws in the U.S. and Central and South America. The guide provides key information at a glance on important aspects of the anti-corruption laws, including compliance, relevant laws and regulations, and penalties. The guide is available on the Ius Laboris website as well as the In-Depth Analysis page of the FordHarrison website.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Reveals "myE-Verify"

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • October 20, 2014
On October 6, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of its "myE-Verify" website. According to USCIS, myE-Verify is "a one-stop shop for employees to create and maintain secure personal accounts and access new features for identity protection" and "signifies a significant step forward for added transparency, features, and identity protection" related to E-Verify.

Confronting Ebola Concerns in the Workplace

Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 20, 2014
The spread of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) and the incidence of Ebola cases in the United States have raised issues for employers and employees on the appropriate workplace responses. Workplace safety and health, including measures to protect employees, leave and health management, labor relations and workplace privacy concerns all are implicated.

Ebola Concerns – How Should Employers Respond?

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • October 20, 2014
The public concern and confusion generated by the third reported diagnosis of Ebola in the U.S. has reached the workplace. What was once considered just a public health concern has become an employment issue as well. Employees are anxious about individuals who have travelled to and from West Africa, and about the potential for contracting the virus from co-workers, clients, customers, and patients.

Easing Ebola Fears in the Workplace

Fisher & Phillips LLP • October 20, 2014
Howard Mavity was quoted in the Employee Benefit News article "Easing Ebola Fears in the Workplace" on October 17, 2014. The article addressed the rising concerns of employers regarding the Ebola outbreak and reinforced the importance of re-examining workplace travel policies and pandemic plans.

U.S. SUPREME COURT TO CONSIDER WHETHER AN EMPLOYER MUST PROVIDE RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION TO EMPLOYEES WHO WEAR A RELIGIOUS HEAD SCARF

Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt • October 20, 2014
Employers be on notice. The United States Supreme Court has recently agreed to hear a case, EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., which will impact an employer's obligation to provide religious accommodations to employees or prospective employees who seek to wear religious garb that may not be in keeping with the employer's dress code.

EEOC Lawsuit Against CVS Pharmacy Challenging Severance Agreements Dismissed

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • October 20, 2014
On October 7, 2014, District Judge John Darrah of the North District of Illinois dismissed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., civil action no. 1:14-cv-00863, (N.D. Ill, October 7, 2014) (“10/7/2014 Memorandum and Order”). This lawsuit has been the subject of significant media attention due to the EEOC’s challenge to common provisions included in many standard severance agreements. While the decision is helpful for employers in that the EEOC did not prevail in this initial effort, the decision leaves many questions unanswered regarding the EEOC’s recent enforcement efforts and the appropriate employer response to the EEOC’s actions.

Employer Dress Code Policies Under the Microscope as Supreme Court Reviews Abercrombie & Fitch Case

Goldberg Segalla LLP • October 17, 2014
A suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against national clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., demonstrates why employers should carefully review any dress code policies with counsel, particularly as they may conflict with attire worn for religious reasons. Interestingly, the case could have important ramifications not only for employers but also employees.