Inspired by lawyer Jon Hyman’s weekly wrap-up on his Ohio Employer’s Law Blog, following is a recap of some of this week’s employment-related news:
- The Emergency Influenza Containment Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation, applicable to employers with 15 or more employees, would require employers to provide up to five days of paid sick leave per year to workers afflicted with influenza or other, similar contagious illness.
- President Obama signed legislation that expands coverage of “exigency leave” and “servicemember caregiver leave” under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 extends coverage for exigency leave to the family of all active-duty servicemembers who are deployed in a foreign country. The legislation also extends coverage of “servicemember caregiver leave” to include caring for a veteran who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy, for a serious injury or illness and who was a member of the Armed Forces (including a member of the National Guard or Reserves) at any time during the period of 5 years preceding the date on which the veteran undergoes that medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy.
- A Cuyahoga County jury has reminded local employers that retaliation will not be tolerated. (Recall last year’s $42 million jury verdict.) After a two-week trial, a former Dix & Eaton executive was awarded just over $1 million on her claim that she was fired in retaliation for complaining to HR that she believed she was being set up for a wrongful discharge claim because of her age. All supervisors should be trained on the importance of not retaliating, i.e. managing employees who have filed a claim or engaged in other protected activity.
- Employers must post a revised EEO poster by November 21, 2009. The EEOC’s revised “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster reflects current federal employment discrimination law (including the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008) and adds information about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, which is effective November 21, 2009. The poster is available at: http://www.eeoc.gov/posterform.html.
Have a great weekend!