EEOC Adds X Gender Marker to Questions During Charge Intake

​The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on June 27 full implementation of the opportunity to select a nonbinary “X” gender marker during the intake process for filing a charge of... Read more »

Gay Employee’s Failure-to-Promote and Termination Claims Dismissed

​Takeaway: While the employer ultimately prevailed in this matter, this is an example of how insensitive comments can light the fuse for litigation that wended its way through one administrative agency and... Read more »

Court Strikes Down Arbitration Agreement Signed as Part of Employee Handbook

Takeaway: Courts often take a dim view of employee arbitration clauses and may invalidate one if it is included as part of an employee handbook or other document that undermines its status... Read more »

Supreme Court Clarifies First Amendment’s Application to Public Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court clarified the scope of the First Amendment’s application to public employees June 27 in a case involving a football coach, Joseph Kennedy, who was fired for praying while at... Read more »

Proposed Overtime Rule Now Projected to Come Out in Fall

​With the issuance of its spring regulatory agenda on June 21, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that its proposed overtime rule is now tentatively slated to be issued in October.... Read more »

Roe v. Wade Overturned

The U.S. Supreme Court in a June 24 decision upheld Mississippi’s restrictions on abortion, a ruling that may lead employers to revise their employee health care benefits.  The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health... Read more »

11th Circuit Rules Service Charge Is Not ‘Tip,’ May Be Used to Satisfy Wage Obligations

​Takeaway: Imposition of a service charge can provide certain employers with greater flexibility in their payroll. However, it is important to remember that it may be used only by employers whose employees... Read more »

In a First, One of Apple’s U.S. Stores Unionizes

​One of Apple’s U.S. stores, located near Baltimore, has voted to unionize—a first within the country, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced June 18. We’ve gathered articles on this news from SHRM... Read more »

Illinois Expands Unpaid Bereavement Leave

​Illinois has enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” (FBLA). The amendments are effective Jan. 1, 2023, and the two major... Read more »

Illinois Governor Signs Bills Expanding Contractors’ Liability for Unpaid Wages

​On June 10, Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed House Bill 5412 and its trailer bill, House Bill 4600, into law. Both bills amend the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (WPCA) to make certain... Read more »
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