The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued new guidance on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employees with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities. The revised materials explain what employees with these conditions must show to establish they have a disability and how employers should handle such situations. Specifically, each guide discusses the implications of harassing and/or discriminating against employees with these particular disabilities, when employers may use and disclose medical information relating to these disabilities, and how employers can accommodate employees with these disabilities.
The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released a revised two-page Form I-9. As of May 7, 2013, employers must use the revised form to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires. Several changes in this version will require hiring managers and/or HR professionals to —
A global economic downturn is putting increasing pressure on employees to engage in unethical business practices, even as many countries are strengthening their anti-corruption enforcement regimes, according to Ernst & Young's 12th Global Fraud Survey, released earlier this month.
On May 7, 2013, the EEOC broke new ground by bringing, and simultaneously settling, its first suit under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”). While individuals have previously brought private suits under GINA, this marks the first EEOC suit under the statute.
Two Intel employees, Randy Lehman and Chris Zeltinger, taped a “kick me” sign to the back of a third Intel employee, Harvey Palacio, and then kicked him repeatedly while other employees looked on, laughing at the prank. Lehman was a senior staffer whom Palacio had asked to remove the sign. Zeltinger had exchanged Christmas gifts with Palacio, according to MSN.com.
Despite signing a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with the government less than three years ago, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. continued to engage in practices violating the Anti-Kickback Statute, federal prosecutors have alleged. The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking damages and civil penalties for the corruption of the drug-dispensing process, as detailed in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former sales representative in January 2011. According to the government's complaint, Novartis gave multi-million-dollar kickbacks to doctors and fraudulent rebates and discounts to pharmacies, resulting in millions of dollars in overpayments from Medicare and Medicaid.
Affordable Care Act To Go Full Strength in 2014
After epic congressional battles and a pivotal Supreme Court ruling upholding the law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — signed into law in March 2010 — remains a source of confusion and/or misinformation for many Americans. Most are not aware of what benefits the ACA provides or when certain changes are scheduled to occur. While many provisions are already in place, some of the biggest reforms will not take effect until the start of next year.
Identity theft was the most common crime reported to the Federal Trade Commission last year, comprising 18% of all complaints. Among those who routinely gather large quantities of personal information are all levels of governmental authorities. Unfortunately, government agencies face the same security threats as private businesses, as proven by a string of significant government data breaches in recent years:
Basketball’s Jason Collins came out of the closet last month and made history by becoming the first openly gay, active major league athlete. By all accounts, he received a very warm reception. Protecting his workplace rights as a gay male, however, would be no slam dunk were it to come to that – at least not for now.
Earlier this year, President Obama proposed reforming outdated export control laws by transferring certain items from the U.S. Munitions List (USML) to the more flexible Commerce Control List (CCL). The USML lists defense articles, services and technology regulated by the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). In contrast, items on the CCL contain both commercial and military applications and are regulated by the Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR). By changing the classification of certain parts and components, U.S. manufacturers can more easily supply their overseas customers with less sensitive defense-related items.