Monday, November 27, 2017

New EEOC Online Filing Portal Up and Running

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched an online intake portal to allow individuals to quickly and directly submit inquiries and intake interview requests to the EEOC. It remains to be seen whether online access to the EEOC’s intake and inquiry process will lead to an increase in discrimination charges, but the new reporting mechanism undoubtedly provides potential claimants with easier access to the EEOC.

Previously, in order to file a charge with the EEOC, an individual needed to visit an EEOC office in person, visit a state or local fair employment practice agency to file a charge, submit a letter by mail, or initiate the process over the telephone. Clearly, having an alternative online process will make it substantially easier to begin the charge process.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Another Twist on Overtime Rule Saga: DOL Appeals from an Apparent Win

The saga of a 2016 Obama administration federal rule, issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), has taken a somewhat surprising turn. The 2016 rule, which was scheduled to be effective December 1, 2016, would have greatly increased the weekly salary threshold for “white collar” overtime pay exemptions. The federal Department of Labor (DOL) recently filed an appeal in a Texas federal court lawsuit, challenging an August decision by the district court judge that effectively invalidated the Obama administration rule.