On June 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published a “Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers.” A copy of the Guide can be found here. Under OSHA’s standards, employers are required to provide their employees prompt access to sanitary restroom facilities.
As gender identity is an intrinsic part of every person’s life, employees must be allowed “to work in a manner consistent with how they live the rest of their lives, based on their gender identity.” The Guide provides employers with best practices on policies that address the issue of bathroom access for transgender employees.… Read More
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued new model notices and medical certification forms for employers to use in administering Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave. The new forms—which expire on May 31, 2018—largely mirror the previous versions except for references to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).
In particular, the WH-380-E, 380-F, 385, and 385-V medical certification forms instruct health care providers not to provide information about “genetic tests,” “genetic services,” or “the manifestation of disease or disorder in the employee’s family members” pursuant to GINA regulations. … Read More
Peggy Young was a part-time UPS driver at the time she became pregnant. Her physician directed that she could not lift more than 20 pounds in the first 20 weeks of her pregnancy, and not more than 10 pounds thereafter. UPS drivers, however, are required to lift up to 70 pounds. Due to these lifting restrictions, UPS did not permit Young to work while she was pregnant. … Read More
Since its passage twenty-five years ago, the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) has had a sizable impact on businesses both large and small. Although businesses are well-versed in the employment discrimination provisions of the ADA, which are contained in Title I, they must also be aware of the ADA’s accessibility requirements set forth in Title III.
Title III of the ADA applies to commercial facilities (e.g., factories, office buildings, and warehouses), private entities that offer certain examinations or courses related to educational and occupational certification, and, most notably, public accommodations.… Read More
As many of you know, compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is becoming an increasing focus of the federal government. While 2015 has been characterized as a “transition year” for certain Affordable Care Act purposes, there are still many compliance issues that need to be addressed by employers this year. In addition, employers and group health insurance plan sponsors need to commence planning for the 2016 reporting requirements.… Read More
Just as a friendly reminder, on March 1, 2015, the New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act, signed into law by Governor Christie several months ago, will go into effect. The “Ban the Box Law,” as it has come to be known, restricts the ability of employers with 15 or more employees to conduct criminal background checks on potential new employees or current employees applying for new positions within the company. … Read More
The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that on February 25, 2015, it will issue a Final Rule that revises and expands the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Under the revised definition, “spouse” will include all individuals in legal marriages, including husband and wife, and individuals in same-sex and common-law marriages. This change was made in light of the U.S.… Read More
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Each year, the EEOC provides statistical data summarizing the charges of employment discrimination, and resolutions of those charges, under each of the anti-discrimination laws it enforced during the previous fiscal year. Earlier this month, the EEOC released its FY2014 Enforcement and Litigation Data, reporting on the compiled data for the fiscal year which ran from October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014.… Read More
On February 11, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court rendered the decision in Aguas v. State of New Jersey, _N.J._, No. 072467 (2015), in which the Court addressed two significant issues that frequently arise in hostile work environment sexual harassment claims: (1) what impact does an employer’s anti-harassment policy have on such claims, and (2) what is the definition of a “supervisor” in these cases? … Read More
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that silence in a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) regarding the duration of retiree healthcare benefits does not automatically mean that such benefits vest for life. The Court’s decision in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett is welcome news for employers with CBAs that include such benefits.… Read More