|Feb. 20, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
The Supreme Court made clear in 2015 that same-sex marriage is legal across the nation. However, two years later, we still are not clear whether a person’s sexual orientation is protected under Title VII’s “sex discrimination” prohibition. In fact, one judge recently wrote that we live in “a paradoxical legal landscape in which a person can be married on Saturday and then fired on Monday for just that act.”
A Contingency Plan For A Contingent Workforce: Ensuring Workplace Protections For Staffing Agency Workers
Many companies engage staffing agencies to supply temporary, or even permanent, workers to support their operations. Such arrangements offer a variety of benefits, allowing employers to nimbly adjust the size of their workforce based on fluctuating business needs. However, if you rely on staffing agencies to supplement your workforce, a recent decision by a Texas federal judge serves as a warning that you cannot bury your head in the sand when it comes to the legal rights of contingent workers.
Late last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a “resource document” aimed at employees entitled “Depression, PTSD and Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights.” While the document does not break new ground, it clarifies some important issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employers should familiarize themselves with its contents.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: When I-9s Lead To Oh-Nos: Failing To Complete Forms Within 3 Business Days Can Lead To Hefty Fines
A recent federal court of appeals decision provides an important reminder for you to complete I-9 forms promptly and properly retain related records in the event of a government inspection. Failure to follow the lessons taught by this case could lead you to suffer a fate similar to the unfortunate employer involved. The good news is that there is a simple four-step plan to keep you in compliance and out of the courtroom.