Are your company's bathroom policies compliant?

In an article published online by Crain's Cleveland Business, Patricia F. Weisberg discussed recent events concerning bathroom access rights for transgender employees. In this piece, titled, "Are your company's bathroom policies compliant?," Patti also encouraged employers to resolve restroom issues at their places of business, in order to preclude their impact upon productivity and employee morale. [More]

Overtime Rule for White Collar Exemptions Is Finally Here

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (DOL) published the highly anticipated final rule revising the overtime regulations today. The rule revises the regulations defining which white collar workers are eligible to receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, which increases the annual salary threshold for white collar workers from $23,660 to $47,476 or from $455 to $913 per week, is more than double the current minimum salary for the overtime exemption but is less than the anticipated increase, which was proposed to be $50,440 per year or $970 per week. As expected, the rule includes, for the first time, an automatic-escalator for the salary threshold to keep pace with inflation. [More]

EEOC Issues "Fact Sheet" on Bathroom Access for Transgender Employees

On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a new "Fact Sheet" on bathroom access rights for transgender employees. The agency warned employers that discrimination based on an employee's transgender status is sex discrimination under federal law. The Fact Sheet reflects the EEOC's position that employers are prohibited from preventing an employee from using a bathroom corresponding to the employee's gender identity. The Fact Sheet further reflects the EEOC's position that an employer may not condition the right to use a restroom corresponding to the employee's gender identity on the employee undergoing, or providing proof of, surgery or any other medical procedure to demonstrate the employee's gender. The EEOC also takes the position that an employer cannot restrict a transgender employee to a single-user bathroom unless the employer makes a single-user restroom available to all employees who might choose to use it. [More]

USW Working to Redefine Role in Rubber Sector

Marc J. Bloch was recently interviewed by reporter Bruce Meyer, for an article which appeared in Rubber & Plastics News. In this piece, titled, "USW Working to Redefine Role in Rubber Sector," Marc opined that labor unions in mature industries, such as rubber and steel, will have a difficult time remaining relevant in the coming years. Among other thoughts, Marc asserted that, "It's a tough fight for the union. They don't have the leverage any more." [More]