Oregon, like most states in the USA, applies two different rules for small businesses and large enterprises. The indicator that is used for deciding whether a company is a small or large employer is the number of employees it has on its books. According to Oregon health insurance rules, only companies that have at least… Read More
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Pregnancy Discrimination a Growing Concern in Colorado
In the United States women currently, represent 47% of the nation’s workforce. These women dominate the physical therapy, speech therapy, and social work industries,s with their numbers expected to increase. Perhaps most importantly, 70% of women in the workforce have children under the age of 18 and 40% of these women are the primary or… Read More
United Van Lines Charged with Employee Misclassification
Misclassification lawsuits are among the most common labor disputes between employers and employees. Often, employees are misclassified as independent contractors for the sake of improving a company’s bottom line. The law draws a firm distinction between an independent contractor and an employee, though sometimes that line is admittedly blurry. One such profession that sees individuals… Read More
Union Claims Federal Contractor has Misclassified Employees
Misclassification lawsuits generally involve the intentional classification of a laborer as an independent contractor as opposed to an employee. Since employees benefit from things like minimum wage and mandatory time and a half for overtime, companies that classify laborers as contractors can work around such restrictions. However, misclassification lawsuits can be filed when an employer… Read More
McDonald’s Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Span Nine States
The #MeToo movement continues to see aftershocks ripple across various industries. The latest is from McDonald’s employees in nine different states. That includes one right here in Missouri. 10 McDonald’s employees are alleging sexual assault or harassment within McDonald’s franchises. A St. Louis teenager is alleging unwanted groping, unwanted sexual propositions, indecent exposure, and lewd… Read More
Is Implicit Bias Training Helping or Hurting American Workplaces?
After multiple incidents of African-American patrons having the police called on them at various Starbucks, the company took a day off from business to offer its employees “implicit bias training.” Implicit bias training is a controversial method of making individuals aware of their ingrained biases, prejudices, and negative reactions to others. The program, while notable… Read More
Sexual Discrimination and Retaliation Burns in California
Sexual discrimination can come in many forms. When firefighters decided to fight back against it in California, they made the case that it is impossible to successfully complete their mission when suffering the impacts of this devastating and illegal form of discrimination. In each case, reporting the discrimination resulted in retaliation. What We Know About… Read More
Equal Rights Amendment One Step Closer to Passage
In 1923, suffragettes and women’s rights activists drafted the Equal Rights Amendment. It was introduced into every session of Congress thereafter until 1973 when it passed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Immediately thereafter, 22 states ratified the amendment. However, the Constitution requires 38 states vote to ratify a new amendment to… Read More
Current labor laws, both from state and federal levels, were enacted to provide employees with rights while working for an employer. Specifically, labor laws clarify certain employer obligations to employees. These laws are codified under both state and federal codes and those laws are used to enforce rules and settle disputes. These laws can be… Read More
Is it Legally Required to Provide Your Salary History in Oregon?
Kate Brown, the Oregon Governor, signed H.B. 2005 into law on June 1, 2017. The passed law is also known as the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017. The law involves the restrictions that have been in place on salary history inquiries, expanding the remedies that exist for all the employees and the safe harbor… Read More