Pregnancy Discrimination Is Alive and Well in the United States
December 4, 2018

Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, but clearly not everyone has gotten the word. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that there were 5,797 charges of pregnancy discrimination last year. They also report there has been a 15 percent increase in pregnancy discrimination over the last 10 years. It is…

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Minnesota employer order to pay back wages for overtime violations
December 4, 2018

Several farms in southern Minnesota were recently ordered to pay back wages and unpaid overtime wages. One of the farms argued that their workers met an exception to the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act (MFLSA) overtime requirement. Under the MFLSA, farm workers must be paid time-and-a-half when they work more than 48 hours a week…

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LGBT, ENDA And Discrimination In The Workplace
December 4, 2018

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is pending in Congress again this session. The act, if passed, would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The legislation has been proposed numerous times, but has never gained sufficient support in Congress or with the media. The reasons are complex. Higher Priorities Same-sex…

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Paternity Leave for New Dads
December 4, 2018

While maternity leave is a well-known concept and necessarily used by mothers to recover from a pregnancy and bond with their baby, paternity leave is perhaps somewhat less recognized. A survey by Monster.com indicates it is increasingly used by new fathers. Their survey should that in 2007, 60 percent of new fathers used some type…

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Federal employment protection for disabled veterans
December 4, 2018

Every year, thousands of military personnel leave active duty to return to jobs that they held before they entered the service or search for new jobs. During their time in the service, many veterans suffered disabilities such as missing limbs, post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, because of this, it is not uncommon…

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