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Court’s Ruling Requiring The EEOC To Reconsider Its “Wellness” Regulations Is Not Necessarily A Good Thing For Employers

The ruling in the AARP v. EEOC case may be detrimental to employers and their healthcare plans because the EEOC may either reduce the percentage of its allowable inducement (or penalty) below 30% of the employee cost for participation in any employer-sponsored “wellness” program to be considered voluntary or possibly return to its former position that … Continue Reading

Florida Court Rules Grocery Store Website is Subject to the ADA

Recently, the District Court for the Southern District of Florida held in Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., that Winn Dixie’s website violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), and awarded the plaintiff attorneys fees and injunctive relief. Many believe this to be the first trial regarding website accessibility to date. While this opinion … Continue Reading

Now What?: ADA’s Website Accessibility Guidelines May Take Longer than Anticipated

Recently, the SC Employers’ Blog alerted you to a rising trend where serial claimants send demand letters to various private companies alleging the company’s website discriminates against individuals who are blind or visually impaired. That blog discussed a proposed Department of Justice (“DOJ”) rule, which would clearly define accessibility guidelines for public accommodations under Title … Continue Reading

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Websites and mobile apps (collectively “website(s)”) are a common tool used by businesses of all varieties and sizes to reach current and potential customers. They have revolutionized the manner in which businesses advertise and service customers. While websites may be a convenient way to reach a wider audience, they may, however, be a potential source … Continue Reading

Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs

The EEOC issued its Final Rules on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to wellness programs employers offer that request health information from employees and their spouses.[1] The main issue at stake was whether such wellness programs, that require disability-related inquiries and/or genetic information as part … Continue Reading

News from the EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been busy this spring, issuing guidance left and right! On May 9th, it issued guidance to employers about leave as an ADA accommodation.  On May 16th, it issued its Final Rule on wellness programs.  Then, on June 2nd, it issued proposed guidance on national origin discrimination.  We will … Continue Reading

Alcoholism & the ADA: Can Southern Cal’s Former Football Coach Really Sue For Wrongful Termination?

Rarely does my interest in sports intersect with my work as an employment lawyer. That changed a few weeks ago with the news that former University of Southern California (“USC”) head football coach Steve Sarkisian has sued the school for wrongful termination.[1] Sarkisian’s claim against USC raises an interesting issue regarding the Americans with Disabilities … Continue Reading

Does Out of Office Really Work?

The EEOC and, subsequently, the Court, supplanted its judgment for an employer’s as to whether physical presence at the office was an essential function of a reseller’s job, determining that a reseller should be permitted to telecommute several days a week despite the fact that the job description required physical presence at the office.  EEOC … Continue Reading

Can I Ask About This? Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Inappropriate interview questions create a risk of discrimination claims under various state and federal anti-discrimination laws.  (For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act.)   Therefore, when interviewing an applicant for a … Continue Reading

PART TWO – Wellness Programs and the ADA: I disagree with the EEOC…

Prior to the EEOC’s lawsuit against Orion Energy Systems, Inc., filed on August 20, 2014 in  federal court in Green Bay, WI, the EEOC had only commented on the validity of wellness programs under the ADA twice and then only in its informal discussion letters.[1] The EEOC maintained in both of its informal discussion letters … Continue Reading

PART ONE – Wellness Programs and the ADA: I disagree with the EEOC…

I disagree with the EEOC –  an employer does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by offering health insurance premium discounts to those who participate in its wellness program. Orion Energy Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company based in Manitowoc, WI, was sued by the EEOC on August 20, 2014, in an action … Continue Reading
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