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It’s business suits versus lawsuits

When dealing with dress codes, the type of suits businesses do not want employees considering are lawsuits. Dress codes can bring up so many sensitive issues and enforcing them can open an employer to risks, labor and employment attorney Paul ...

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EEOC guidance attracts renewed scrutiny

WASHINGTON — Two years after a guidance warning employers against the overly-broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires was issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is drawing renewed criticism from employers, business groups ...

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High court to consider nonprofits’ contraceptives

WASHINGTON — How much distance from an immoral act is enough? That’s the difficult question behind the next legal dispute over religion, birth control and the health law that is likely to be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ...

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Pregnancy discrimination case on tap

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the pregnancy discrimination claims of a package delivery driver for UPS who was refused a light duty assignment so she could continue working while pregnant. UPS driver Peggy Young lost ...

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Court: Public union can’t make nonmembers pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining. ...

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Implementing Ban the Box in businesses

Ban the Box legislation appears to be the wave of the future, and in the case of Rochester employers, the future is sooner than you think. The city’s legislation addressing the hiring of people with criminal convictions is scheduled to ...

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Court: Whistleblowers’ testimony protected

WASHINGTON (AP) — The First Amendment protects public employees from job retaliation when they are called to testify in court about official corruption, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision cheered whistleblower advocates, who said it could encourage ...

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Ban the Box legislation OK’d

Rochester City Council on Tuesday evening unanimously approved legislation that would require the city of Rochester, its vendors and any employer in the city to eliminate the box that asks job applicants if they have been convicted of a crime. ...

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