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Legal Workviews Trapped by Releases

July 27, 2007
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It's been routine to obtain releases from laid-off employees who waive their rights to sue in return for severance pay or benefits. But recent actions by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suggest that the practice could be fraught with risks even for companies with stellar diversity programs and positive EEO track records.
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There’s Some Kind of Message Here

July 27, 2007
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What to Do When an HR Employee Sues

July 26, 2007
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When an HR staffer alleges employment discrimination, it’s automatically a different kind of claim. Here’s how to proceed when the claimant is someone who is likely to know damaging, embarrassing or unflattering information about the company—and might be willing to use it to bolster a case. It’s not all bad news, however. Sometimes it’s easier to deal with an HR claimant.
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Sophisticated New Methods Aid OFCCP Search for Violators

July 25, 2007
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Director Michael Sinclair has increased the number of OFCCP agents. In addition, he has developed training initiatives to help them master statistical analysis techniques.
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Momentum Builds to Lengthen Pay Discrimination Lawsuit Limitations

July 23, 2007
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Legislation that would overturn a recent Supreme Court decision on pay discrimination is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill. A House bill is awaiting floor action; Sen. Kennedy introduces a Senate companion measure.
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Will the Obese Be Penalized by Insurers Like Smokers

July 9, 2007
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A small but growing number of employers charge smokers more for their health care than they do for nonsmokers. But as evidence continues to link unhealthy lifestyle choices to health care costs and lost productivity, another question arises: Are obese workers next?
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The Letter of the Law

June 28, 2007
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Everyone wondered if the new Supreme Court would be pro-employer or pro-employee. But as it turns out, ‘strict constructionism’ is the court’s point north.
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Discrimination Suit Against GE Might Expose Flaws in Ranking System

June 5, 2007
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Whether GE discriminated against a female general counsel because of her gender, the fact that she was surprised by her demotion indicates a problem with GE’s performance appraisal process, observers say.
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Gay Execs Urged to Come Out

June 4, 2007
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Executives disclosing their sexual orientation would improve their companies’ reputations in an era when transparency is increasingly valued. But some observers say the downfall of BP’s chief indicates there’s still pressure to stay in the closet.
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Supreme Court Rules Against Cumulative Pay Discrimination

May 29, 2007
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By a 5-4 vote, the court held that a company is not liable for pay discrimination that occurs outside the federal statute of limitations for such cases, which is either 180 or 300 days, depending on the state.
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