Legal Corner – December 2013

Legal Corner – December 2013

By , SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR.

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law.

Employment Law Updates | Trupp HR Changes to commercial driver medical exam rules
Occupational health providers, employers with commercial-vehicle operations, and bus and truck drivers need to start preparing for new commercial driver medical exam rules that go into effect in May 2014.

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New ordinance for Seattle, WA employers
Effective November 1, 2013, the City of Seattle, WA will impose an ordinance that restricts employers in the city from asking about and using criminal record information.

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act nears Senate
Improvements for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would extend Title VII protection against employment discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees.

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NLRB upholds workplace ban on recording devices
Employers may consider developing a policy banning the use of recording devices in the workplace when it comes to investigations, performance evaluations or disciplinary meetings, and other conversations that happen in the workplace.

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Defense against misclassification suits and DOL audits
In the last two years wage and hour class action lawsuits filed in state and federal courts have increased by 11%. This article includes some key documents providing a strong defense to the rising trend of these claims.

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Workplace profanity can support claim of religious discrimination
A ruling by a federal District Court in Oregon should serve as a warning to employers that a co-worker’s use of profanity in the workplace may be enough to support a religious discrimination hostile work environment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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