The U.S. Supreme Court, in a highly anticipated case, ruled that employers can require as a condition of employment that workers waive their rights to participate in class action lawsuits as part of an arbitration agreement.

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions will pay over $1.2 million in back pay and interest and provide additional relief to resolve allegations of systemic pay discrimination against women. LexisNexis provides computer-assisted legal and business research and risk management services. During fiscal years 2015 and 2016, the company had millions of dollars in federal contracts with the U.S. government. Two separate investigations by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found that, as of  December 2012 and continuing thereafter, LexisNexis paid 26 female employees in Operational Leadership jobs substantially less than males employed in the same jobs in Boca Raton, Florida.  OFCCP’s investigations further found that, as of December 2012, LexisNexis paid 185 female employees in Operational Leadership jobs substantially less than their male counterparts in Alpharetta, Georgia. The agency found a significant difference in pay in both locations even after taking into account legitimate factors that affect pay level. Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors from engaging in compensation discrimination on the basis of sex. Read more here.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued guidance on workplace rights for individuals with mental health conditions under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Diallo's of Houston, a Houston-area nightclub and party venue, will pay $139,366 and furnish other relief as a result of a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has voted to release for public input a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment under federal employment discrimination laws.

Saint Vincent Health Center will pay $300,000 constituting back pay and compensatory damages to six aggrieved former employees and provide substantial injunctive relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published regulations explaining what federal agencies must do to comply with their legal obligation to engage in affirmative action in employment and otherwise serve as "model employers" for individuals with disabilities.

The Department of Homeland Security is offering a free webinar on the new 1-9 form. The Department is offering several sessions, intended to provide information that is helpful in ensuring compliance. Go here to register, under the section “Webinar Choices” for employers.

In May 2016 the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted a final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The final rule calls for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record.