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Same-Sex Spouses to Get Federal Benefits in Some States

Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia. In these states, LGBT couples enjoy the same state employee benefits as heterosexual couples. Until recently, however, they lacked equal access to federal employment benefits. This all changed in June 2013, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Sec. 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which had defined marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Now, in states that recognize same-sex marriage, spouses …

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Posted 11 months ago in Government Video Your Job & The Law by Larry Bodine  
What You Don’t Know about Labor Day [Video]

  Did you know the first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, as a creation of the labor movement? ‘ In the video, Editor-in-Chief of Lawyers.com Larry Bodine reminds us that it’s a good day to remember how the law has grown since then to protect 140 million people in today’s work force. During the Industrial Revolution, men, women and children worked up to 16 hour days, seven days a week in dangerous …

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TGI Fridays Busted for Family Leave Violations

The leave policy of TGI Fridays violates the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the popular restaurant chain has agreed to change its company-wide policy and pay one employee back wages, according to the the Department of Labor (DOL).   Notification Violations The DOL announced the company’s agreement on Aug. 7, following an investigation of a TGI Fridays restaurant in Shreveport, La. There, an employee took FMLA-covered leave but the company didn’t reinstate the employee to the same or equivalent …

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High-Risk Pregnancy Entitles Employees to Extended Leave

A recent case in California has raised the issue of how two state laws designed to protect pregnant workers interact. A woman who used up her pregnancy leave and wanted more time under the general disability law will have her day in court, according to Sanchez v. Swissport.   Pregnancy + Disability = More Time Off Under the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL), women are eligible for four months of pregnancy leave. The PDLL is part of the California …

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Male Caregivers Suffer Discrimination in the Workplace

The growing number of men taking on family caregiver roles is a sign of the times. But when old-fashioned employers fail to keep up with changing gender expectations, it can mean trouble for male employees who need time to care for their children, spouses or parents. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reported a steady increase in charges of caregiver discrimination over the last five years. And though the report does not distinguish between complaints from male and female …

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