Federal District Court Regects EEOC's Challenge to CVS' Standard Separation Agreement
September 23, 2014

In February 2014, the EEOC filed an action against CVS Pharmacy claiming several standard provisions contained in CVS' separation agreement violated Title VII. CVS' five page single spaced separation agreement contained many standard provisions which the EEOC alleged violate Title VII, including:

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Proposed DOL Secrecy Ban Protecting Discussion of Employee Compensation Issued Wednesday!!!
September 18, 2014

The Department of Labor (DOL), through its office of OFCCP, issued a proposed rule yesterday to amend Executive Order 11246, which prohibits discrimination and other employment practices by federal contractors. The DOL issued the rule in response to an order by President Obama back in April calling for new regulations designed to close the pay gap among men and women, as well as minorities. Generally, the proposed Rule will require that any entity with a federal contract in excess of $10,000 must incorporate a mandatory non-discrimination provision informing employees that the company does not "discriminate against employees and applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant." The Rule will require modifying existing contracts that do not already contain such provisions.

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Preparing for Open Enrollment
September 15, 2014

 As employers head into open enrollment, they face a number of administrative responsibilities as well as new challenges under the Affordable Care Act. While there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, the following guidelines address some of the issues employers should consider this open enrollment season.

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CGWG Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices; Firm Receives Prestigious When Work Works Award
September 02, 2014

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. (CGWG) has been honored with the 2014 When Work Works Award. The award recognizes companies that incorporate flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success.

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Northwest Arkansas Labor & Employment Luncheon Announcement
September 02, 2014

On Tuesday, September 23, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP will host its second Northwest Arkansas Labor & Employment Seminar for 2014 - "Three Top Employment Issues Facing Employers Today: Background Checks Liability, Social Media Landmines and the Affordable Care Act."  We'll discuss these three topics, offering our thoughts on how a variety of government agencies (including the FTC, the EEOC, the NLRB and the DOL) view background checks, employer and employee use of social media, and employee healthcare issues under the ACA.

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