Under the bill approving the military budget, the National Defense Authorization Act, the president expanded FMLA to military families when the soldier is deployed in a foreign country.
The FMLA leave that was granted to members of the Reserve and National Guard under the 2009 regulations is now extended to families of armed services members who are on active duty in a foreign country.
The new regulations are expected to be (more…)
The House Education and Labor Committee continues to consider provisions of HR 3991, the House Emergency Influenza Containment Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. George Miller of California, would require that employers provide 5 paid sick days to employees.
It is highly likely that on or shortly after March 1, President Obama will extend the current COBRA premium subsidy through December 2010. In the most likely scenario, employees terminated between March 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 would qualify for the COBRA subsidy for 12 months.
If passed, this extension will mean another round of COBRA notifications for overworked HR pros.
Currently, workers who lost their jobs (through no fault of their own) between September 1, 2008 and (more…)
A local Chicago ordinance prohibits employment discrimination against parents. While many municipalities have such laws, employers have shown little concern for them in the past, because monetary awards under such laws were rare.
In the Chicago case, a 39-year-old working mother of two employed by a healthcare company was paid a lower (more…)
The EEOC or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reported an alarming rise in sexual harassment of young adults in the workplace. According to a recent report, such complaints have risen 76%. In one Maine study, 1 in 3 high school students reported unwanted sexual advances in the workplace.
Many of the incidents reported involve high school students or recent graduates working in restaurants, including fast food franchises. Others involve interns at prestigious corporations.
According to one unnamed EEOC attorney, “It’s an incredibly serious problem. Employers that choose to use high school kids to work have a responsibility to protect these young people. We don’t want them to be fondled, we don’t want them to be raped.”
While the majority of the complaints involve females under 18, complaints of sexual harassment involving young male employees are also up.
In one of the most disturbing cases, a 16-year-old fast food worker was (more…)