Thursday, March 27, 2014

Digest of EEO Law

New ‘Digest of EEO Law’ Issued by EEOC

Quarterly Edition Includes Variety of Key Federal Sector Decisions

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law, which is available online at http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/digest/xxiv-3.cfm.

This quarterly publication, prepared by the EEOC's Office of Federal Operations (OFO), features recent agency decisions and federal court cases of interest. It also includes a special article entitled, Retaliation: An Evolving Area of the Law.

"The Digest's focus on retaliation should be particularly useful," said OFO Director Carlton M. Hadden, "as that continues to be the most frequently alleged basis for EEO complaints. The article provides solid information on recent decisions and cases."

The summer 2013 edition of the Digest contains a sampling of summaries of noteworthy decisions selected by OFO from among the volume of decisions issued by EEOC each fiscal year, including topics such as:
  • Federal Sector EEO Complaint Processing
  • Attorneys' Fees
  • Compensatory Damages
  • Findings on the Merits
  • Remedies
  • Sanctions
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Stating a Claim
  • Summary Judgment
  • Official Time
While these summaries are not intended to be exhaustive or definitive as to their subject matter, and may not be given the legal weight of case law in citations, they are a good source of relevant information.
In addition to the quarterly Digest, Commission federal sector decisions are available on the EEOC's website at http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/decisions.cfm. The public may also receive federal sector information updates and news items via Twitter: @EEOC_OFO.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination in the public and private sectors.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Human Trafficking posters

We commonly receive calls regarding the Human Trafficking poster that is required.  We do not provide anything regarding Human Trafficking, as it does not fall under the Department of Labor jurisdiction.  What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain.

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking is a $32 billion per year industry, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime.

Human trafficking is a hidden crime, as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement.

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. They look for people who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons, including economic hardship, natural disasters, or political instability. The trauma can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings.

Traffickers often operate by:
  • Using violence or threatening the person or the person’s family members;
  • Harming or depriving the person of basic necessities, such as food, water, or sleep;
  • Making false promises of love or companionship; 
  • Making false promises of a good job and home;
  • Restricting contact with friends or family;
  • Limiting freedom of movement;
  • Controlling the person’s identification documents;
  • Threatening deportation or law enforcement action;
  • Garnishing the person’s salary to pay off alleged debts; and/or
  • Preventing the victim from attending religious services.
You may also download and print the SB 1193 Human Trafficking Poster which is from the Office of Attorney General in California.