EEOC Guidance on Retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has recently published updated enforcemesealnt guidance on retaliation. This is the first time that the guidance has been updated since 1998. The 70 page guidance provides court interpretation and examples to help determine what constitutes illegal retaliation.

Each of the EEO laws prohibits retaliation and related conduct: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Equal Pay Act (EPA), and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Retaliation charges are the most popular of all charges received by the EEOC. In fiscal year 2015, the EEOC reports that 44.5% of all charges received alleged retaliation.

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OSHA Final Rule: Electronic Reporting and the End of Blanket Post-Injury Drug Testing

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a final rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.”  The full text of the rule can be found here.  The rule requires electronic submission of work related injury data for some employers. In addition, the rule serves to prevent employers from illegally discriminating and/or retaliating against employees for reporting work related injuries and illnesses.  This means employers may no longer be able to use post-injury drug testing for all work related injuries. The new rule will be enforced beginning November 1, 2016.

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