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DOL is Enjoined From Enforcing New Persuader Rule
June 28, 2016

On June 27, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas enjoined the Department of Labor (DOL) from enforcing its new persuader rule (Rule) which was scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2016. National Federation of Independent Business, et al v Perez, et al, Civil Action No. 5:16-cv-00066-C. The injunction enjoined the DOL enforcement of the Rule nationwide.

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NEW OSHA REPORTING RULE
June 28, 2016

By August 10, 2016, employers must amend their injury and illness policies to (a) expressly state that employees have a right to report work-related injuries and illnesses, (b) provide a reasonable procedure for employees to report such workplace injuries and illnesses, (c) not deter or discourage employees from reporting such injuries and illnesses, and (d) assure employees that the employer will not discriminate against nor retaliate against them for making such reports.

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OSHA Takes Hard Stance Against Automatic Post-Injury Drug Testing Policies
June 20, 2016

Under the Occupation Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) new rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, many employers risk citation by OSHA for post-injury drug testing policies that were once encouraged by courts and federal agencies, but might now be prohibited.

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2016 Annual VEVRAA Hiring Benchmark is 6.9 Percent
June 15, 2016

OFCCP has published the 2016 Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark on its Web site based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on March 4, 2016.  The benchmark – 6.9 percent – is effective as of that BLS release date.  

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OSHA launches Whistleblower-Severe Violator pilot program
June 15, 2016

OSHA has launched a pilot enforcement program focused on employers who repeatedly and willfully disregard the rights of whistleblowers. OSHA's Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program became effective on May 27, covering employers in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and those companies under federal enforcement in Iowa.

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OFCCP Announces its Final Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines
June 14, 2016

 Today, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final Rule that sets forth the requirements that covered contractors must meet under the provisions of Executive Order 11246 that prohibit sex discrimination in employment.

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Check Out Our June 2016 Newsletter!
June 08, 2016

Click here to download a PDF of our June 2016 Newsletter and stay up-to-date with NOARK.

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MEET THE 2016 NOARK BOARD
June 06, 2016

Q: Patti as 2016 NOARK President we would like to know what keeps you up at night?

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7th Circuit Rules Class Arbitration Waivers Are Unenforceable
June 03, 2016

Employment agreements containing arbitration clauses that restrict the rights of employees to initiate class arbitration, and instead confine them to seeking individual relief, have become more popular in the last decade, and with good reason. Using them has benefits for employers and, because arbitration is generally favored in the eyes of the law as a way of resolving disputes, these clauses tend to be upheld more often than not.

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