The EEOC has revised its "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" poster. The poster was revised to reflect new federal employment laws, including the ADA Amendments, and the Genetic Non Discrimination in Employment Act ("GINA"). Employers can either obtain a new poster, or a supplement their existing poster. The new posting is mandatory effective November 21, 2009. Up to ten posters can be obtained from the EEOC free of charge, or can be printed from the EEOC’s website.
The FMLA Blog reports on amendments to the FMLA the president signed this week. Among the changes: military care giver leave will now apply to for veterans of the Armed Forces under certain circumstances. In addition, Qualifying Exigency Leave is expanded to cover members of the regular military who are deployed to a foreign county. Under existing law, such leave applied only for covered military members in the Reserves or Guard.
The best way to avoid workplace problems–avoid bad hires in the first place. Two posts this week on HR Daily Advisor (here and here) identify five steps for gathering critical background information about prospective employees without breaking the bank, and while respecting the privacy rights of the applicant.
A woman in Missouri sued Wal-Mart and other establishments under the ADA for denying access to her Bonnet Macaque monkey. The Plaintiff claimed the monkey was trained to assist her with anxiety and agoraphobia, and she could not function in public unless the monkey was with her. The U.S. District Court in the Western District of Missouri granted summary judgment to the defendants, finding that Plaintiff was not disabled, nor was her monkey a "service animal" under the ADA for which the establishments were required to provide reasonable accommodation.
This Bud’s for you. A former Chief of Communications at Anheuser-Busch (now Anheuser Busch in Bev) filed a lawsuit against the company for gender discrimination. The former executive claims the company maintains gender bias in pay and promotions, excludes women from social networks, and promotes few women to top jobs and committee posts. Most shocking to any viewer of beer commercials is this allegation: that the company fostered a locker room and frat party atmosphere in the workplace.