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  • Win More Prizes at our Free Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar!

    Win great prizes at our free Annual Workers’ Compensation Seminar April 13, 2018 from 8:30am- 12:30pm. Attendees will receive 3.5 HRCI credits and SHRM PDCs and a chance to win a new iPad, an overnight stay and massage at the Historic Grand Kerr House in Grand Rapids, Ohio, a $100 gift card to enjoy at Toledo’s new rooftop bar, The Heights, a mystery door prize, and  other prizes for game participation at the seminar! We hope to see you there.

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  • Discrimination Based on Transgender Status Violates Title VII

    In EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals No. 16-2424, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently ruled that discrimination based on an employee’s transgender status is discrimination based on “sex” in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Sixth Circuit, which covers Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, is the first such federal appellate court to so rule.
    The employer, R.G. & G.R.

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Narrows the Definition of Whistleblower

    Endeavoring to root out corporate fraud, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010.  The Dodd-Frank Act defines a “whistleblower” as “any individual who provides…information relating to a violation of the securities laws to the Commission, in a manner established by rule or regulation by the Commission.

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  • The NLRB Reverts Back to the Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Test

    Since August 27, 2015, employers have been grappling with the new NLRB standard regarding joint employment. The Browning-Ferris v. NLRB decision established that a joint-employer relationship will be found if the alleged joint-employers possess, exercise or simply retain the right, directly or indirectly, to control essential terms and conditions of employment, even if that control is not exercised. The Browning-Ferris decision was appealed and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.

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  • State Attorneys General Support Legislation To End Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims

    Under the Federal Arbitration Act, employers may enter into arbitration agreements with employees which would bar such employees from pursing work-related claims outside of the arbitration process.  These types of arbitration agreements invariably would encompass claims for sexual harassment.  In light of the #MeToo movement, Illinois congresswoman Cherie Bustos introduced a bill in the House of Representatives on December 26, 2017 to amend the arbitration law.

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