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DOL penalized for ‘bad faith’ conduct

The Department of Labor recently agreed to pay an employer $1.5 million for costs and attorneys’ fees it had incurred in a lawsuit filed by the DOL. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the employer was entitled to recover from the federal agency its fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act. Specifically, the appeals court determined that the “government’s conduct before and during the litigation amounted to bad faith.” This case is particularly instructive for employers in making sure they receive a fair and impartial investigation.

What employers need to know about transgender discrimination

Recent developments in the area of transgender rights should put employers on notice that government agencies are serious about eliminating this type of discrimination. DOJ steps in to sue university in Oklahoma Typically the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the entity charged with enforcing federal employment laws. This past March, the Department of Justice

Labor Board’s joint employer decision sure to cause headaches

The National Labor Relations Board, which enforces labor laws for both unionized and non-unionized employers, recently issued a ruling on joint employer status for companies using temporary workers through staffing agencies that could have a far-reaching effect on attempts by unions to organize more employers. Right now, nearly three million U.S. workers are employed through temporary agencies.