EEOC Public Portal Modernizes Charge Process

In the latest move towards modernization from the federal government, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just launched a new nationwide system, the EEOC Public Portal, to allow individuals to submit and track information about potential discrimination claims online. The system underwent a soft launch in five EEOC field offices prior to its Read more

DOJ Shakes Federal Consensus on Gender Identity Discrimination

Those who hoped that the new administration would bring “certainty” for employers are probably a bit disappointed right now, as the most recent move from the federal government raises more questions about protections for transgender employees under federal law. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo which resets federal policy on Read more

EEO-1 Pay Data on Hold

On August 29, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum calling for a review and immediate stay on the effectiveness of new EEO-1 data submission requirements. These requirements, finalized in September of 2016, called for revisions to the EEO-1 compliance survey which collects information on race, ethnicity, and gender distribution within Read more

Tennessee Veterans' Preference

Veterans Day won’t be observed until November 11, but veterans are already having their day in the state of Tennessee! As of March 22, 2017, private employers who wish to establish a preferential hiring policy for veterans may do so under a new state law. Although a similar bill failed back in 2015, during the Read more

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently reversed a lower court’s decision regarding applicable statutes of limitation on hostile work environment allegations, reminding employers (as well as judges for inferior courts) that some Title VII claims can have a long shelf life due to their status as “continuing violations” rather than Read more

In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) simultaneously released its Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs in relation to Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). These rules apply to employers who offer wellness programs (including those administered by a third-party, such Read more

In a landmark ruling, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has held in the case of Villarreal v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. that the “disparate impact” provision of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) applies only to employees, not to job applicants. The ADEA prohibits employment discrimination against those who are aged 40 years Read more

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination against employees based factors such as race or disability, recently adopted several revisions to its requirements for EEO-1 reporting. The EEO-1, also known as the Employer Information Report, is a compliance survey that private employers with 100 or more employees Read more

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has given notice of a proposal that would require certain employers to report employee pay information as part of the required Employer Information Report (EEO-1) starting in 2017. The EEO-1 is an annual report that requires most federal contractors (with 50 or more employees) and private employers (with Read more