Outten & Golden LLP Employment Law Blog—Nicholas Sikon
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers shrinks Dodd-Frank's protections against workplace retaliation for corporate whistleblowers.
The once robust statute now leaves a gaping hole for those employees in the private sector who report securities related violations to their employer. Now, after the Supreme Court's ruling, employees are required to report directly to the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to avail themselves of legal protection under the statute - internal reporting is no longer enough.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is looking at emerging trends in employment screening practices to help public and private employers ensure they are fairly assessing applicants.
EEOC Chairwoman Naomi Earp said employment tests and medical exams must adhere to restrictions set by the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is also concerned with the possible discriminatory impact increasingly common applicant screenings such as credit checks have on minorities and people with disabilities.
Panelists during a recent commission meeting said there are benefits to using...