Archive | April 2009

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Strategic Planning for Public Health Emergencies Critical

Recently, health officials have declared a public health emergency over the steadily increasing number of Americans affected by Swine Influenza. This declaration, and the intensive media coverage that followed, has sparked nationwide concern as the government and its various health agencies hasten to contain the outbreak. While Swine Influenza has yet to be declared a […]

EEOC Sues Subway on Behalf of Manager Fired for Wearing Nose Ring

In EEOC v Papin Enters Inc, the Federal Middle District Court of Florida recently ruled, that the EEOC could proceed to trial with its lawsuit alleging that a Florida corporation which franchised the Subway sandwich shop brand and one of its franchisees violated Title VII by failing to accommodate an employee who wore a nose ring […]

USSC Seemingly Divided on Reverse Discrimination in Promotion Testing

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the case of Ricci v. DeStefano, and appeared divided over whether a Connecticut city’s decision to abandon a firefighter promotion exam because too few minorities passed violates the civil rights of top-scoring white applicants. The discrimination lawsuit brought by 20 white firefighters – one also is Hispanic […]

HB 1588 to Permit English-Only Policies, Despite EEOC Position

The Common Sense English Act (H.B. 1588), introduced in the House on March 18, would “ensure that an employer has the freedom to implement English in the workplace policies” by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to provide that “it shall not be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to require employees to […]

New I-9 Forms

Effective April 3, 2009, employers must use a revised I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form for all newly hired employees and employees that need to be reverified. The new Form I-9 reflects a revised list of documents that employers may accept to verify employment eligibility. Specifically, the following documents are no longer acceptable forms of identification: […]

FMLA Expansion to Smaller Employers a Clear Possibility

Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, one of the original authors of the FMLA, announced on February 1, 2007, that he would introduce a bill seeking to expand the FMLA to cover employers with 25 employees and provide paid leave for at least 6 of the 12 weeks provided by the FMLA.  Senator Dodd is the chairman […]