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Don’t Hesitate to Designate: DOJ Letters Claim Employers Must Designate Qualifying Leave as FMLA Leave

[09/30/19]

Posted on September 30, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Two recent opinion letters by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) interpret the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to require that whenever an employee takes leave for an FMLA-qualifying reason, the employer must designate such leave as FMLA leave, even if the employee would prefer to “save... READ MORE

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Department of Labor Announces Final Rule Updating Overtime Regulations, Effective January 1, 2020

[09/26/19]

Posted on September 26, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule updating the salary basis test’s earning threshold for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This new rule will become effective on January 1, 2020. These changes, which will require employers to reassess exempt employee classification, may significantly impact many... READ MORE

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Social Club for Male Executives Does Not Violate Title VII

[08/08/19]

Posted on August 8, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

A federal district court in Nashville, TN has entered a summary judgment dismissal of a former Human Resources Director’s discrimination and retaliation claims. The case is significant because it explores the line between offensive social conduct that does not violate Title VII and adverse employment action that does. Discrimination Marie Hasting’s lawsuit asserted that... READ MORE

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Pay Data Reporting on EEO-1 Forms Appears to Be the New Reality

[08/02/19]

Posted on August 2, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In March of this year, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. reinstated the controversial EEO-1 Component 2 pay data reporting requirements. The current reporting deadline is September 30, 2019. The EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Roller Coaster The EEO-1 is an annual report filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) that has historically collected... READ MORE

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Mandate to Arbitrate: Sixth Circuit Upholds Enforceability of Mandatory Arbitration Provisions

[07/22/19]

Posted on July 22, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On July 8, 2019, the Sixth Circuit issued an employer friendly opinion strengthening the enforceability of routinely included mandatory arbitration provisions in employment contracts. In its opinion, the court rejected a former employee’s claim that “two completely different and conflicting terms” for resolution of all legal disputes rendered the mandatory arbitration clause in his... READ MORE

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New Illinois Legislation Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Use and What This Means for Employers

[07/15/19]

Posted on July 15, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On June 25, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (the “Act”) to make Illinois the eleventh state to allow recreational marijuana use. Effective January 1, 2020, adults age 21 and older may purchase and possess up to 1 ounce (30 grams) of marijuana at a time from a... READ MORE

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Seventh Circuit: Obesity Alone Is Not Protected Under the ADA

[07/09/19]

Posted on July 9, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

On June 12, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit joined the Second, Sixth and Eighth Circuits in determining that without evidence of an underlying physiological disorder, a plaintiff’s weight does not qualify as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). In the Seventh Circuit case Richardson v. Chicago... READ MORE

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HHS Delays Implementation of the Conscience Rule

[07/03/19]

Posted on July 3, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) agreed on June 28, 2019, to delay implementation of the recently finalized Conscience Rule. We wrote about the Final Conscience Rule and its potential impact on health care employers and organizations in our recent blog. The Conscience Rule prohibits discrimination of individuals who refuse to... READ MORE

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New Minnesota Wage Theft Law Imposes Significant Obligations on Employers

[06/27/19]

Posted on June 27, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

Minnesota’s “Wage Theft Law” goes into effect on July 1, 2019, resulting in significant changes to the state’s labor and employment laws. The new legislation imposes requirements on employers in Minnesota to provide notices and maintain records, create criminal and civil penalties for wage theft and grant additional authority to the Minnesota government agencies... READ MORE

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Raise It or Waive It: U.S. Supreme Court Decides That Title VII’s Charge-Filing Requirement Is Not Jurisdictional

[06/10/19]

Posted on June 10, 2019 in HR Insights for Health Care

Published by: Hall Render

In an unanimous decision authored by Justice Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that Title VII’s charge-filing precondition is not a jurisdictional requirement but instead a mandatory claim-processing rule, which may be forfeited if the party asserting the rule waits too long to raise an objection.[1] This decision emphasizes the importance of timely... READ MORE

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