Happy Mother’s Day! Policymakers stalled on breastfeeding in the workplace guidance
As the nation prepares to celebrate Mother’s Day, policy makers are stalled about issuing final guidance for employers on how to comply with a new law that requires them to supply hourly workers with “reasonable break time” to express milk for one year after a child’s birth, as well as provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is “free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.”
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act introduced
This week Congress took up legislation that, for once, is designed to actually benefit women. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act seeks to protect pregnant women from common workplace discrimination and to “ensure that pregnant women are not forced out of jobs unnecessarily or denied reasonable modifications that would allow them to continue working.”
EEOC affirms expanded definition of sex discrimination
In what is accurately hailed as a game-changing decision for the LGBT community, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in April (Macy v. Holder) that transgender people are protected by Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination in the workplace.
Bill would make Facebook snooping, digital spying by employers illegal
Legislation that would give workers broad protection from the prying eyes of employers was introduced in both houses of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday. Both bills would make it illegal for employers to force workers or candidates to divulge social media passwords, similar to legislation nicknamed SNOPA, which was introduced last month. But the new Password Protection Act, sponsored by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.. goes even further, extending such limitations to smart phones, private email accounts, photo sharing sites and any personal information that resides on computers owned by the workers.
Proposed law would keep California farmworkers from overheating
In most jobs, if you have to spend even part of your workday exerting yourself under the hot summer sun, you’re likely to have drinking water nearby. And, if you don’t, you probably won’t be penalized for going to find some. But for many farmworkers in California, the largest agricultural producer in the country, the freedom to hydrate isn’t always so straightforward.
Widow claims in lawsuit that Massey defrauded UBB families
Massey Energy officials tricked the families of some Upper Big Branch miners into early wrongful death settlements that have proven inadequate given evidence of safety violations and criminal conduct linked to the fatal April 2010 explosion, according to a lawsuit quietly filed last month. Edith May Willingham alleges that Massey officials, including then-CEO Don Blankenship, “fraudulently induced” her to settle claims regarding the death of her husband, Benny Willingham, who was one of 29 miners killed in the disaster.
Judge dismisses DWI charges that forced former FAA administrator to resign
A judge has thrown out drunk driving charges against Jerome “Randy” Babbitt, a former Federal Aviation Administration chief. If you remember, it was that arrest and that DWI charge that forced Babbitt to resign his position last December.
Redskins great Art Monk sues NFL over long-term concussion effects
Art Monk, one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history and the best to ever play at the position for the Redskins, is among the latest group of player to sue the league over the lingering effects of head and brain injuries he suffered over the course of his career. The Washington Times reports that Monk, along with 62 other plaintiffs, filed the suit last week in Los Angeles against the NFL and helmet-maker Ridell, Inc. The former players charge that the league did not properly protect them from “the long-term brain injury risks associated with football-related concussions.”
Mangled horses, maimed jockeys
An investigation by The New York Times has found that horse racing industry practices continue to put animal and rider at risk. A computer analysis of data from more than 150,000 races, along with injury reports, drug test results and interviews, shows an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax regulation and a fatal breakdown rate that remains far worse than in most of the world.