IAML Insights

April 15, 2019

Jonathan Baum worked as a scheduler for Metro Restoration Services. In late 2014, he began have cardiac problems. Over the course of the next several months, he went to the ER fearing a heart attack, had a heart catheter implanted, had an echocardiogram, and wore a heart monitor. He occasionally also missed work for medical tests and treatments,...

April 12, 2019

Most charges were down, but sex harassment, LGBT charges were up. On Wednesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released its charge-filing statistics for fiscal year 2018, which ran from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. According to Law360, EEOC charges in FY 2018 were at their lowest level since 2006. Yes,...

April 11, 2019

On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council passed a first-of-its-kind bill that prohibits pre-employment drug testing for the presence of marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols.  Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill into law, which would take effect one year after enactment.  Significantly, the law would not prohibit employer...

April 10, 2019

I just learned that one of our employees has the measles. He works on a floor with 20 coworkers in an open office seating arrangement. Can I tell the other employees why he’s out so they can get tested or monitor their own health? Can I require them to receive the measles vaccine? —Feeling Peaked in Poughkeepsie Dear Peaked, Great question. Given...

April 09, 2019

California Senate Bill (SB) 188 seeks to provide a broader definition of “race” in California’s anti-discrimination law. The bill defines “race” as “inclusive of traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.” The bill is expected to become law, and employers may want to...

April 08, 2019

Over the past week, the Department of Labor's announced proposals for significant (and much needed) regulatory updates to the definitions of "regular rate" and "joint employer".The DOL proposed an update to the definition of "regular rate" under the Fair Labor Standards Act.The proposal would permit employers to exclude the following from an...