Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 17, 2017
Employers regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) should revise their drug and alcohol testing policies to conform to new DOT regulations that added four “semi-synthetic” opioid drugs to the DOT drug testing panel. The new regulations go into effect on January 1, 2018.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 17, 2017
The current leaders of the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and National Labor Relations Board addressed transitions and regulatory plans at their respective agencies at a November 16 forum. The Federalist Society, a conservative think-tank, sponsored the panel discussion during which the speakers advocated a more common-sense approach to rulemaking, and supported the Trump administration's efforts to rescind or scale back some of the prior administration's more onerous rules.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • November 17, 2017
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta fielded a range of questions on the DOL's priorities during a November 15 hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Although members of the Committee inquired about past, current, and future rulemaking and other Department initiatives, the limited duration of Wednesday's hearing allowed Secretary Acosta to deliver only brief responses. The hearing did, however, provide some insight into the DOL's stance on health care, OSHA enforcement, overtime rulemaking authority, apprenticeship, and other workplace concerns.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • November 12, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced in a rule to be published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2017, that it will expand its drug testing panel to include four synthetic opioid drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone.
Fisher Phillips • November 06, 2017
The latest tool that can be used against employers is now fully operational. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) online filing portal, or Public Portal, which was tested in five cities over the past six months, was just rolled out across the entire country. As of November 1, individuals will be able to initiate discrimination charges against employers using the EEOC’s digital platform. What do employers need to know about this 21st-century development?
XpertHR • November 06, 2017
Employees seeking help from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) can now go online to file and sign claims. The EEOC announced the launch of a public portal on November 1 to provide online access for individuals to request intake interviews, make appointments and track their charge information.
Franczek Radelet P.C • October 24, 2017
Employers are hopeful that, with the confirmation of President Trump’s nominees for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, that the agency will adopt a more business-friendly approach to the issues before it. Employers are looking for changes to several Obama-era regulations, including the elimination of the Pay-Gap Disclosure Rule, changes to the EEOC’s stance on LGBT employee protections, and approval of employer wellness incentive programs. The Senate is expected to confirm both nominees soon.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • October 24, 2017
Nine months into President Trump’s term, the pace of nominations and appointments to fill critical position within his administration is accelerating. Action on the nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Labor (DOL) signals that widely expected changes in workplace policy are indeed forthcoming.
XpertHR • October 19, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC - The priority for the US Department of Labor (DOL) is "jobs, jobs and even more jobs," Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta told an assembly of in-house counsel today. Also addressing the group, the acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Commissioner Victoria Lipnic, said the EEOC needs to change course on pursuing systemic lawsuits and touted the agency's success in reducing its backlog of charges.
Franczek Radelet P.C • October 03, 2017
Just like the leaves turning colors, you can count on a flurry of court filings from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) every September as the agency rushes to get cases on file before the end of its fiscal year, September 30. Despite the dramatic changes in Washington D.C., as well as turnover within the top ranks of the historically litigious EEOC’s Chicago Regional Office this year’s filings suggest that it is business as usual for now.