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Supreme Court to Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case Against UPS
Peggy Young sued UPS under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and the Supreme Court will hear her case. Women's rights groups hope that Ms. Young's case will snap their recent losing streak at the court, which has included decisions on equal pay, medical leave, abortion and contraception.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-11-30) Read the full article
EEOC Saw Decline in Discrimination Settlements, Number of Cases
The EEOC reported that its enforcement actions secured $296.1 million in monetary relief for victims of employment discrimination in private sector and state and local government workplaces. That total was down from FY 2013 when EEOC reported it obtained a record $372.1 million in monetary relief.
(Source: Insurance Journal, 2014-11-19) Read the full article
Senators Criticize EEOC's Move to Litigate Wellness Programs
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should reconsider its pursuit of cases challenging employer wellness programs, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the probable chairman when the new Congress convenes in January, said during a hearing. Alexander and other committee Republicans criticized the EEOC and EEOC General Counsel P. David Lopez for litigating the wellness program issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act before the EEOC has issued any ADA guidance that would give employers notice about when wellness programs pass muster.
(Source: BNA, 2014-11-24) Read the full article
Small Business Owners Reconsidering ESOP Practices
Some business owners are rethinking how -- and on what terms -- they will sell their firms to employee-stock-ownership plans in the wake of a Labor Department crackdown on inflated valuations that could jeopardize worker savings. The plans, known as ESOPs, often serve as a source of retirement savings for the nearly 13.8 million workers who participate in them.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-11-19) Read the full article
Obama's Immigration Executive Order Falls Short for Tech Industry
Silicon Valley's constant stream of new apps and services depends on hundreds of thousands of foreign-born engineers to help create them, so the technology industry has been pushing for changes to the nation's immigration policy for more than a decade to allow more skilled workers into the country. President Obama's executive order on immigration falls well short of what both immigrants and industry leaders were seeking.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-11-23) Read the full article
HHS Closes Loophole Allowing Employers to Cut Hospital Coverage
The Obama administration took another step to close what many see as a health-law loophole that allows large employers to offer medical plans without hospital coverage and bars their workers from subsidies to buy their own insurance. Under the new standard, companies with at least 50 workers "must provide substantial coverage of both inpatient hospital services and physician services" to meet the Affordable Care Act's threshold for a "minimum value" of coverage, the agency said.
(Source: Kaiser Health News, 2014-11-24) Read the full article
Obama Warns Firms Not to Pay Sick Workers to Leave Health Plans
As employers try to minimize expenses under the health law, the Obama administration has warned them against paying high-cost workers to leave the company medical plan and buy coverage elsewhere. Such a move would unlawfully discriminate against employees based on their health status, three federal agencies said in a bulletin issued in early November.
(Source: NPR, 2014-11-25) Read the full article
Study Finds Workplace Weight Bias Against Women Still Rampant
A new study out of Vanderbilt University has confirmed prior research -- and what many women already know -- about the earning power of fat women: they earn less than their peers across different types of work, and this holds true even when their level of education is accounted for. The study controlling for educational background is important, as this has often been suggested as the "real" reason fat women earn less.
(Source: Time, 2014-11-28) Read the full article
More Companies Allowing Workers to Shop Online During Holidays
No need to sneak at work and do online holiday shopping. You can now click away out in the open since more employers are allowing staff to make these cyber purchases -- within reason, of course -- on company time, according to two recent surveys.
(Source: The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, 2014-12-01) Read the full article
Companies Focus More on Productivity, Less on Being in Office
An increasing number of companies are allowing employees to work from home full-time, or show up just a few times a month, as long as they get their work done. It may seem a risky move, but the companies are saving employees money and stress commuting, and saving themselves millions on office space.
(Source: The Atlantic, 2014-11-30) Read the full article
The President's Executive Action on Immigration


Jenifer Brown


Not surprisingly, most of the President's November 20th executive action announcement on immigration covered the controversial area of illegal immigration. The use of prosecutorial discretion in deferring deportation of undocumented immigrants was expected but the President's actions also include a surprising number of policy improvements to employment-sponsored immigration. With the exception of the deferred action programs discussed below, however, most of these changes come without a specific timeline for implementation. The exact response from Republicans to all of this is still unknown but may include everything from legal action to defunding immigration enforcement to impeachment. Interestingly, Republicans filed their long-delayed lawsuit against the administration over the Affordable Care Act the day after the President's announcement on immigration.

In the interim, numerous policy memoranda have been published by the US Department of Homeland Security and other relevant agencies. The following is a brief summary of the major aspects of the President's executive action.

Read the full article HERE.



Ice Miller Immigration Partner Jenifer Brown to Present Webinar

In conjunction with the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Ice Miller partner Jenifer Brown will be presenting a webinar, "What does President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Mean for Employers?" on December 9, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

President Obama recently announced his plans to take action on immigration reform. With more than a dozen policy memos already issued by various federal agencies, we will discuss which of these new directives will impact employers now and in the future. Topics will include:

  • Deferred action and employment authorization for an estimated five million undocumented workers
  • Work permission for spouses of highly skilled H-1B workers
  • Clarification of specialized knowledge L-1 workers
  • Expansion of OPT STEM employment permission for foreign students upon graduation
  • Expansion of adjustment benefits for beneficiaries of immigrant petitions
  • Expansion of immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs
  • Limitations of these initiatives and what can only be handled by Congress

Indiana Chamber member: $79 per login | List price: $99 per login

Ice Miller clients will receive a 20% discount using the promotion code IM20 at the Chamber website

Login information will be sent to you after you register.

Register online here.


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