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705, 2019

Very Interesting! EEOC Releases Official FY2018 Charge Stats

May 7th, 2019|

Most charges were down, but sex harassment, LGBT charges were up. On Wednesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released its charge-filing statistics for fiscal year 2018, which ran from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. According to Law360, EEOC charges in FY 2018 were at their lowest level since 2006. Yes, 2006. When George W. Bush was President of the United States. Before the Americans with Disabilities Act was amended. Long before #MeToo. The year that my 31-year-old graduated from high school. *sniffle* All of which is wonderful news for employers, but the [...]

705, 2019

Can Employers Require Measles Vaccines?

May 7th, 2019|

The recent measles outbreak, resulting in mandatory vaccinations in parts of New York City, raises the question of whether employers can require that workers get the vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) or prove immunity from the illness. The answer generally is no, but there are exceptions. Offices and manufacturers probably can't require vaccination or proof of immunity because the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) generally prohibits medical examinations—unless the employer is in a location like Williamsburg, the neighborhood in Brooklyn where vaccinations are now mandatory. Health [...]

2304, 2019

#MeToo Has ‘Significant Impact’ on Harassment Filings

April 23rd, 2019|

Number of sexual harassment charges filed with the EEOC jumps 13.6% Retaliation was again the type of discrimination charge most frequently filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in fiscal year 2018, followed by allegations of sex, disability and race discrimination, the agency reported. Among the 76,418 total workplace discrimination charges the agency received in the last fiscal year, 39,469 were for retaliation, accounting for nearly 52 percent of all charges filed. Discrimination based on sex was the second most frequently filed charge, with 24,655 charges received. EEOC: Retaliation Tops Discrimination [...]

603, 2019

Individual Mandate of the Affordable Care Act Declared Unconstitutional – Waiting for the Appeal

March 6th, 2019|

As part of the tax overhaul a year ago, Republicans succeeded in eliminating the ACA individual mandate penalty, beginning in January, 2019. A group of states, Alabama, Georgia and Texas among them, filed a lawsuit arguing that “once the heart of the ACA – the individual mandate – is declared unconstitutional, the remainder of the ACA must also fall”. On December 14, 2018, Texas Federal Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with the Plaintiffs and struck down the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in a detailed 55 page opinion. It his final conclusion, [...]

2602, 2019

What Your Managers Say Can Hurt You

February 26th, 2019|

EEOC sues American Freight Management Company, LLC, d/b/a American Freight Furniture and Mattress, alleging it violated federal anti-discrimination laws by engaging in systemic discrimination against female applicants, according to a lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit charges that American Freight refused to hire or even consider a class of female applicants for employment because of their sex. American Freight, headquartered in Delaware, Ohio operates a chain of warehouse-style discount furniture stores specializing in furniture obtained through factory closeouts, dealer cancellations, retail chain buyouts [...]

1902, 2019

Why You Should Have Started 2019 With a Business Plan

February 19th, 2019|

It has always amazed me how many business people don’t have a business plan. As Benjamin Franklin said, “fail to plan and you plan to fail”. Of the hundreds of businesses we help each year at Business Changing, a whopping 90% come to us without a written business plan. Instead, they’re simply winging it with a vague long-term strategic plan in their head. Or worse than winging it, they’re just focusing on the short-term noises in their business – fighting fires and figuring out how they can improve their current [...]