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'Great Texas Lactation Case' Debates Whether Breast-Milk Pumping Is a Pregnancy-Related Condition

August 23, 2012
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is acting for a Texas mother who was fired days after she asked her employer about a room to pump breast milk. A judge ruled that after the woman gave birth the former employee 'was no longer pregnant and her pregnancy-related conditions ended.'
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Employee Retirement Statements Get a Fee Makeover

August 22, 2012
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Participants in defined contribution plans should receive the first of two fee-disclosure notices by Aug. 30. This notice should include a listing of all the investments available in the plan as well as the options' fees and historical performance.
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Audit Causes Some Family Members of Minnesota State Workers to Lose Health Benefits

August 16, 2012
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Approximately 3,100 people were deemed ineligible for state-sponsored health care in a recent audit of Minnesota's employee benefits program.
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Ministerial Exception' Exempts Religious Employers

August 13, 2012
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Federal, state and local employment discrimination laws may not apply to religious institutions and their employees who play some role in disseminating the employer's religious message.
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'Bitch' as Sexual Harassment: Context Matters (Sort of)

August 1, 2012
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A court recently concluded that even though the word 'bitch' is sexually based, its use must be examined in context to determine whether it constitutes harassment 'because of sex.'
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Men Get Prison, Must Repay $5 Million for Defrauding Staffing Firms

July 31, 2012
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The incidents occurred from October 2002 to February 2005, according to the indictment in the case.
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Mine Safety Agency Cites Tire, Mining Companies in Worker's Death

July 24, 2012
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Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. said it will contest citations from the Mine Safety & Health Administration over the Oct. 28, 2011, death of a mining tire technician at the Newmont USAgold mine in Carlin, Nevada.
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Employer Backs Itself Into FMLA Claim for Ineligible Employee

July 24, 2012
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One case underscores the importance of training those who manage your FMLA program on the law's special coverage and eligibility requirements.
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