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October 28, 2011

HR Fact Friday: Employment Law News Briefs

Filed under: Employment Law,FMLA,General HR Buzz6:00 am

Here are a few interesting employment law news briefs:

First, the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives recently approved a bill (HR 2885) to reform the employment verification system. Among other things, the bill would preempt state verification laws, create a voluntary biometric verification pilot program, phase out the use of paper I-9 forms and replace them with a modernized E-Verify system.

Second, a Pennsylvania federal court has found that an employer’s failure to return the calls of an employee while she was out on leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) could possibly be illegal retaliation for taking such leave. According to the lawsuit, the employer repeatedly failed to communicate with the employee regarding the details and logistics of the leave.

Third, in October of 2011 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed three lawsuits against Utah employers alleging they had committed national origin, pregnancy and/or race discrimination or harassment. Finally, maybe it is time to double check and make sure that you are retaining employment records for the right amount of time.

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