Dozens of worker-friendly laws are making their way through the halls of Congress, including an unprecedented expansion of mandates on small employers, in some cases reaching businesses with as few as 15 employees.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed into law in January 2009, is named after a woman who was paid less than her male co-workers at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Alabama over the course of her 19-year career there.
President Barack Obama has been in office for only seven months, but already his administration has ushered in a slew of rules and regulations that affect the way employers deal with their employees—from a new law that makes it easier for people to pursue pay discrimination cases to a broader reading of who’s covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
An employer did not violate employee privacy rights by installing a hidden camera aimed at catching a person viewing online pornography after business hours, California’s Supreme Court ruled.
The developments among Senate Finance Committee members stood in contrast to an impasse in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where conservative Democrats have pressed for concessions on a public plan and employer mandate, among other issues, from their liberal party members.
Legislation expected to emerge from the Senate Finance Committee isn”t likely include two key planks of a Democrat-backed platform to overhaul the U.S. health care, a public health plan and a requirement that employers offer insurance.
Treasury Secretary Timothy told a House panel that financial services regulatory reform, including insurance regulatory reform, needs to be dealt with this year.
The federal government, a black firefighters organization and three other plaintiffs had sued the fire department, alleging the city’s use of the two tests had a disparate impact on black and Hispanic candidates in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The amendment, which would apply to individuals receiving COBRA on or after the reform legislation is passed, would allow COBRA beneficiaries, in many cases, to obtain years of additional COBRA coverage from their former employers.
Stephanie Blackmon, owner-president of Patriot Services, admitted to providing false information to the Small Business Administration so that Patriot could qualify for certification under Section 8(a) of the Small Business Act. According to court documents, Blackmon purchased and became the president of Patriot in November 2003.