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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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Tool Employer Pay Equity Self-Audit

May 18, 2007
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Business and Professional Women/USA, an advocacy organization for working women, adapted this audit from a Department of Labor document to help employers gauge whether they are paying men and women employees equally. The organization notes that discrepancies can lead to costly lawsuits.
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Bill Bans Bias Against Gays, Transsexuals

May 9, 2007
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At a time when 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have gay-inclusive policies, a bipartisan group of legislators has introduced a bill expanding federal law to protect gays, lesbians and bisexual and transsexual persons.
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Court Verizon Cash-Balance Plan Not Age Discriminatory

April 30, 2007
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The communications giant’s plan is not only age neutral, but in fact provides ‘pay credits at a rate that is more generous for older employees than for younger employees,’ a judge states.
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