The U.S. Supreme Court sent employers a clear message in early June that a hesitance to accommodate an applicant's religion constitutes religious discrimination. The ruling against a major clothing retailer and in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) stance on what constitutes religious discrimination leaves employers in need of advice on when and how to accommodate employees' and applicants' religious beliefs and practices. Here's some guidance.
Almost anybody can be a hacker, and almost anyone (or any business) can be a target. To understand the threat hackers may pose to your organization, you need to understand what you are up against—who the hackers are, what they're doing, and why they're doing it.
Can a "women-only" limitation on certain jobs pass muster under federal law prohibiting sex discrimination? The answer: very rarely. A recent case before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Oregon employers) provides guidance on the narrow exception, upholding Washington's right to reserve specific positions in its women's prisons for female candidates.
EEOC launches digital pilot program. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced in May that 11 of its 53 offices are beginning a pilot program called ACT Digital to digitally transmit documents between the EEOC and employers regarding discrimination charges. This is the first step in the agencys move toward an online charge system that will streamline the submission of documents, notices, and communications. The system applies to private and public employers, unions, and employment agencies.
Study finds employees want employer help on retirement planning. A study from financial services firm Northern Trust shows that employees favor their employers playing a more active role in their defined contribution retirement plans, but plan sponsors are reluctant to do so. More than 1,000 employees were surveyed, and they overwhelmingly favored employers providing tools to help determine if they are saving enough. But plan sponsors have reservations about encouraging specific levels of saving and providing projections of retirement savings or income for participants.
If you have an arbitration procedure set out in your employee handbook, will you be able to keep claims out of court? Although the guidance from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Hawaii employers) can at times be confusing, a recent decision provided some clarity on the subject.