Wednesday, May 6, 2015

New Orleans Councilman Calls New Contractor Diversity Rules 'First Step', Hints At More Changes

The Times-Picayune
Robert McClendon
April 23, 2015

The New Orleans City Council on Thursday (April 23) approved a set of rules aimed at imposing more transparency in the city's effort to ensure more minorities and women have access to city contracts.

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Legal Group Prepares To Intervene in Affirmative Action Suit

The Harvard Crimson
Ivan B. K. Levingston
April 24, 2015 

Two attorneys from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice solicited input from College students Thursday as the group prepares to intervene against a pending lawsuit that alleges that Harvard uses “racially and ethnically discriminatory policies” in its admissions process.  

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issues proposed regulations on wellness programs and the Americans with Disabilities Act

Roetzel & Andress 
April 22, 2015

Corporate wellness programs, which typically use financial or other incentives to encourage workers to participate in wellness programs, have surged in popularity over the last several years, spurred on by companies seeking ways to lower healthcare costs. However, these programs can cause legal headaches for employers if not administered properly. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), likely reacting to what it perceives as improper administration, has issued proposed regulations addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to these wellness program. Two of the hallmarks – goal of the program and voluntariness – are described below.

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4/14/15 – The day the NLRB killed employers' rights

Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC
April 7, 2015

On December 12, 2014, the NLRB implemented its expected ambush election rules. These new rules go into effect on April 14, 2015. The main point of these rules would be to make it almost impossible for a non-union employer to successfully beat back a union organizing drive at its company.

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Board orders conditional reinstatement of undocumented workers

Jackson and Lewis PC
April 21, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board has held on remand from a federal appeals court that “conditional reinstatement is an appropriate remedy where an employer knowingly employed individuals who lack authorization to work in the United States and then discharged them in violation of the N[ational] L[abor] R[elations] A[ct].”  Mezonos Maven Bakery, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 41 (Mar. 27, 2015).

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Casting Director Calls ‘Ethnic Casting’ A New Form Of Affirmative Action & She’s All For It

Atlanta Daily World
Sonya Eskridge
March 27, 2015

Casting directors think they know why the focus of fostering diversity is bothering certain people, but they still believe it’s time for Hollywood to get a makeover.
As Risa Bramon Garcia sees it, her contemporaries do not like being told that they have to make a more conscious effort to include actors of color in the rosters they build. She told KPCC recently that this really a reflection of consumer power as advertisers are demanding networks do a better job of representing their customers and the networks then lean on the casting directors to deliver.

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Racist Police, Courts, Fraternities: Who Says We Don't Need Affirmative Action Anymore?

Huffington Post
Carla Seaquist
March 25, 2015

America is now so sufficiently "post-racial" that affirmative action is no longer needed as corrective action. So ruleth the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a series of recent cases filed by police and fire departments, school districts and colleges, the Court, in closely-contested rulings, has weakened or even wiped out affirmative action's race-conscious policies designed to overcome and rebalance our history of discrimination in employment and admissions. Reflecting the new conventional "wisdom" that affirmative action is itself discriminatory, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a 2007 decision, "The way to stop discriminating on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."

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