On October 1, 2012, a bill (S2201) was introduced that would allow employers and unions to negotiate an alternative workers’ compensation program provided certain requirements are met. The bill also permits a group of employers participating in Taft-Hartley trust funds to apply to the Commissioner of Banking and Insurance for approval to enter into an agreement to pool their workers’ compensation liabilities in order to qualify as members of a group plan for self-insurance.
“Onionhead” is a Religion Under Title VII: Court Finds in Favor of Employees in Reverse Religious Bias Case
A federal district court recently ruled that an employer-initiated program known as Onionhead was a religion for the purposes of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. United Health Programs, No. 14-CV-3673 (September 30, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York held that Onionhead (also sometimes known as Harnessing Happiness) “qualifies as a religion” under Title VII.
On May 22, 2019, Colorado governor Jared Polis signed sweeping equal pay legislation into law after nearly 40 years of failed attempts by the Colorado government to pass a pay equity law. The recently signed Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act is one of many transformative legislative changes the state government has put in place since the November 2018 election, which resulted in Democrats holding trifecta control in the Colorado state government for the first time in years.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new online resource providing employer and employee guidance relating to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. I-9 Central provides employers with an online resource with information on I-9 completion, examples of acceptable documents, I-9 retention and storage guidance and more. Employers also can pose questions through a 1-800 number and via email.