Global Employment Law

Legislative Update for the Week of July 25, 2011

Leg Roundup Image 132 by 140.jpgEEOC Opinion Letter Addresses GINA's Impact on Employer Wellness Programs
A recent EEOC informal discussion letter reiterates that offering financial inducements to provide genetic information as part of an employer-provided wellness program runs afoul of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Read the full post here. (July 29)

Bill Would Amend NLRA Representation Election Procedures
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced legislation that would establish longer timeframes and due process requirements for the representation election process under the National Labor Relations Act. Read the full post here. (July 29)

House Committee Hearing Examines Proposed Changes to "Fiduciary" Definition
The House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions conducted a hearing to discuss a proposed rule that would redefine who constitutes a "fiduciary" under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Read the full post here. (July 27)

EEOC Meeting Discusses Impact of Criminal History on Employment
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held a public meeting to discuss how an individual's arrest and conviction records impede employment, but failed to reveal whether it would alter its enforcement guidance on this topic. Read the full post here. (July 27)

Senate Bill Would Amend Tax Rules Regarding Medical FSAs
A bipartisan measure introduced in the Senate would effectively eliminate the "use it or lose it" rule applied to medical flexible spending arrangement (FSA) plans and instead allow employees to pay taxes on and withdraw any funds remaining in their FSAs at the end of the year. Read the full post here. (July 27)

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