In the days after the Treasury Department’s announcement July 2, 2013, that it was delaying implementation of the employer mandate of the health care reform law for one year until January 2015, benefits attorneys were atwitter with theories about the reasons behind the delay.
For some, the stated reason for the change -- the need to simplify and prepare for new employer reporting requirements -- didn’t seem like the whole story.
Four informal guidances released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on May 15, 2013, highlight specific types of reasonable accommodations for people with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and intellectual disabilities.
Criminal convictions should have an expiration date and shouldn’t be considered indefinitely by employers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) indicated in a pair of lawsuits filed June 11, 2013.
Dollar General lawsuit
The EEOC also sued Dolgencorp, doing business as Dollar General, in Chicago. For 10 years Dollar General made certain types of convictions a disqualifying factor.
As a result of a U.S. Department of Labor administrator’s interpretation (No. 2013-1) of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) on Jan. 14, employers can expect more requests from employees seeking protection under the act to care for adult children unable to care for themselves.