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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