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As jobs declined, union participation rose in 2020

Although the country saw historic job losses due to the pandemic in 2020, it also saw a jump in the percentage of U.S. workers who are members of a union to 10.8%, up from 10.3% in 2019.

Risky business: Think twice before firing ‘sickly’ worker

Never treat as disabled employees who recover from a medical emergency. Sure, some health problems cause long-term disability. But assuming someone is disabled when they’re not and taking an adverse action against them violates the ADA. The law prohibits “regarding” someone as disabled.

Retailers face employees’ covid-related lawsuits

By early February, almost 200 employees had filed covid-related lawsuits against their retail employers.

Hold off turning remote staff into contractors

As a potential cost-saving measure, some employers have begun contemplating converting remote employees to independent contractor status. Not so fast!

Change is coming to NLRB: New leadership, rescinded memos

Between appointing a new lead attorney and acting to reverse several recent labor-relations memoranda, the Biden administration is moving swiftly to undo Trump-era actions that affected the labor landscape.

Facing EEOC complaint? Consider conciliation

When the EEOC decides to sue for discrimination, that means an employer will soon be in for a long, costly legal battle. However, the EEOC is statutorily required to attempt to resolve findings of discrimination through “informal methods of conference, conciliation and persuasion.”

Google $3.8M settlement shows equal-pay risk

Ignoring your obligation to provide equal pay for equal work can be expensive. Google just agreed to pay millions to fix illegal pay disparities. Advice: Ferret out pay imbalances before a federal agency (or class-action lawyer) decides to make an example of your organization.

Amazon fights back hard against union organizing

A high-profile effort to unionize Amazon employees in Alabama has triggered a high-alert response from the online retail colossus.

Obtain informed consent before covid testing

Employers must ensure employees understand the impact workplace covid-19 will have before they agree to be tested, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

EEOC lawsuits take aim at pregnancy bias in hiring

There has never been a better time to remind hiring managers that they may not discriminate against pregnant job applicants. The EEOC has made enforcement of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act a priority. Two recent cases show how seriously the EEOC takes this issue.