Posts by Paige Hoster Good

Confidential sexual harassment settlement payments no longer tax‑deductible

In a workplace era that may soon be referred to as “Pre-Weinstein,” employers not only could quietly settle sexual harassment claims by including a nondisclosure agreement that virtually assured the matter would be kept confidential and out of the public spotlight, but they could also deduct the settlement payment and attorney’s fees as a business…

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Work schedule conflict leads to religious accommodation lawsuit

A recent decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (the jurisdiction that covers Oklahoma federal courts) provides another reminder that religious accommodations come in all shapes and sizes, and that proving “undue hardship” is often a high hurdle for employers. While a number of religious discrimination lawsuits in recent years have focused on…

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OSHA delays enforcement of limitations on post-accident drug testing

In previous articles, we discussed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new rule regarding the reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. One part of the rule requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness data. This portion of the rule is set to go into effect on January 1, 2017. Rule’s anti-retaliation provisions delayed…

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OSHA further delays enforcement of post-accident testing ban

In a previous article, we outlined the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new final rules regarding the reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. These rules include a substantial limitation on an employer’s ability to conduct post-accident drug and alcohol testing. As announced, post-accident testing would be limited to instances where an employer could demonstrate…

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