On Monday, February 23, 2015, the Department of Labor issued a new rule providing FMLA leave benefits to workers in legal, same-sex marriages, regardless of where the couple resides. Employees in same-sex marriages now have consistent federal family leave rights as those in opposite-sex marriages to take leave to care for a spouse with a serious health condition. The new rule updates the regulatory definition of “spouse” providing benefits now based on the law of the place where the same-sex marriage was entered into, regardless of whether the state in which the couple currently resides recognizes such marriages.
An employee …
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals provides a common sense decision in Yeager v. FirstEnergy Generation Corporation, reminding employers they are not liable under Title VII when “accommodating an employee’s religious beliefs would require the employer to violate federal. . . law.”
Donald Yeager, a Fundamentalist Christian, disavowed and disclaimed his social security number when he was 18 years old based on his sincerely held religious beliefs. When Yeager applied for an internship with FirstEnergy he refused to supply the number. FirstEnergy subsequently refused to hire him.
Mr. Yeager filed suit in the federal district court in March of …
In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama reemphasized that employment and labor reform are at the forefront of his current agenda. He urged lawmakers to pass laws regarding the following:
- Equal pay law for women;
- Higher federal minimum wage;
- Government-mandated 7 days of paid sick leave per year.
As we have previously reported, many states, including Ohio, and municipalities have raised minimum wages at the state or local level. As of January 1, 2015, Ohio’s minimum wage is $8.10 per hour for employers with annual gross receipts of $297,000 or more, which is higher than the current …