If your company was one of the 375 government contractors or subcontractors who recently received a Scheduling Letter from the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP), you’re probably not reading this post. You’re too busy scrambling to pull together responses to the 22 items in the Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing and making sure your affirmative action plans are up to date.

But if you didn’t receive a scheduling order… read on.
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Troutman Sanders invites in-house counsel, HR professionals and other executives charged with labor and human resources responsibilities to join us for our 2016 Annual Workplace Challenges Update on Thursday, November 10 starting at 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at IHG’s Crowne Plaza Hotel (590 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, 30308).
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For our second program in this series, we will take a closer look at the Risks and Rewards of Using Independent Contractors.  Many companies think that independent contractors are the solution to their staffing problems, providing flexibility and keeping labor costs down without increasing headcount.  However, there are risks involved in using independent contractors – primarily the risk that the IRS or the Department of Labor will find that they should properly be classified as employees!
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The Supreme Court recently ruled 6-3 that a state appeals court erroneously upheld a lower court order refusing to enforce an arbitration agreement that included a class waiver. This decision reaffirmed the supremacy of the Federal Arbitration Act. Wendy Sugg, in Troutman Sanders’ Orange County office, spoke with Employment Law Daily to discuss the

This year, we recognize 25 years of the coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on workplaces and commercial establishments.  While you may be most familiar with how employment policies and practices have been subject to the ADA and its regulations for the past 25 years, that is not the only significant impact of the ADA.  Public entities and transportation providers have had obligations under the ADA too.  In fact, a large part of the ADA specifically applies to places of public accommodations and commercial facilities.  So, anyone who opens their doors for retail, service, office, or warehouse purposes is required to ensure full and equal enjoyment of all goods, services, facilities, and accommodations to those with disabilities.
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Whether it’s allegations of favoritism, harassment, or unethical conduct, an efficient and impartial investigation can help employers root out actions that are harming the company and can provide evidence to support the company’s decision.  All too often investigations are conducted without a clear plan and assigned team, leading to conflicting results and a poor defense

Crisis concerns have occurred from the time of the pharaohs up through the Enron or Tylenol episodes of the last decade, and as recently as the VW manipulation of emission data.  What may be a small concern for one company could be a huge liability for another.  For employers, when a crisis erupts, the consequences can be a game of “Wheel of Fortune” – a misfortune, if handled improperly, or good fortune, for the employer’s reputation, to come out unscathed. A crisis management plan is no “one size fits all”.
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