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Proposed Healthcare Worker Wage Legislation

On July 28, 2010, the Direct Care Workforce Empowerment Act (“DCWEA”), H.R. 5902, was introduced by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA).  The DCWEA would extend the federal minimum wage and overtime protections of the FLSA to most home care workers, improve federal and state data collection and oversight with respect to the direct care workforce, and […]

DOJ Has New ADA Regulations Cooking!

On July 26, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ,” or “Department”) published four new ADA proposals in the Federal Register addressing the accessibility of websites, the provision of captioning and video description in movies shown in theaters, accessible equipment and furniture, and the ability of 9-1-1 centers to take text and video calls from […]

My Crystal Ball: Personal Appearance And Weight Discrimination May Be On The Horizon…

Traditional discrimination issues continue to create challenges for employers. Despite Title VII having been passed over 45 years ago, the number of race, gender, and age discrimination charges filed in America suggests that discrimination isn’t going away. In fact, the number of charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) rose sharply in 2008 […]

Employers Required to Provide Breaks for Nursing Mothers

Last month, the Department of Labor released Fact Sheet #73, which concerns the meaning of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act’s new lactation-break requirement.  Working mothers must now be granted break time for the purpose of expressing breastmilk for her nursing child. The new lactation-break requirement took effect on March 23, 2010, when the Patient […]

DOL’s Newly Updated Child Labor Rules Advisor

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released an updated version of the Child Labor Rules Advisor intending to incorporate the changes to the regulations, 29 CFR Part 570, that became effective on July 19, 2010. These regulations focus on nonagricultural employment. The interactive, online Child Labor Rules Advisor is designed to answer questions about workers […]