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SHRM Newsletter: End of Summer "Links Edition"
Posted on Aug. 20, 2015

This is Utah SHRM Legal-mail no. 2015-13 prepared for Salt Lake SHRM, the Human Resources Association of Central Utah (HRACU), the Northern Utah Human Resources Association (NUHRA), the Color Country Human Resources Association (CCHRA), the Bridgerland Society for Human Resource Management and Utah at-large members of the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

CONTENTS: END OF SUMMER “LINKS EDITION”!

-  AMAZON CONTROVERSY RAISES COMPANY CULTURE AND LEGAL ISSUES

-  LATEST IN PREGNANCY BIAS LAWSUITS

-  FEDERAL CONTRACTORS WANT THIS CHECKLIST

-  EEOC PUBLISHES STUDY OF IMPACT OF ANTI-BIAS LAWS

-  GREAT SUMMARY IN UTAH BUSINESS OF LGBT WORKPLACE RIGHTS

AMAZON CONTROVERSY RAISES COMPANY CULTURE AND LEGAL ISSUES: The current news controversy about how Amazon employees are treated (or allegedly mistreated) is fascinating. Here are a couple of links to some more complete discussions of the issue at Amazon and in corporate America generally:  https://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-08-20/changing-demands-on-employees-in-the-modern-american-workplace  and  http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/employeerelations/articles/pages/hr-view-of-amazon.aspx. Company culture can have a large impact on legal liability. Unhappy or even angry employees are more likely to seek revenge against an employer, or even to seek legal advice about how they are being treated.

LATEST IN PREGNANCY BIAS LAWSUITS: National SHRM recently reported that “Pregnancy discrimination remains a concern for employees: A professor sued a Christian university in the Pacific Northwest after she was fired for being pregnant out of wedlock, while an AutoZone employee reached a settlement with the company over a pregnancy discrimination claim in California.” Here is a link to the full (and interesting) article:  http://www.shrm.org/legalissues/federalresources/pages/pregnant-professor.aspx.

FEDERAL CONTRACTORS WANT THIS CHECKLIST: HRHero.com has published a helpful note reminding federal contractors of a great resource (a new disability affirmative action compliance checklist) from the OFCCP. Here is a link to the article: http://blogs.hrhero.com/hrnews/2015/08/17/ofccp-issues-checklist-on-disability-employment-requirements/ and to the checklist: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/ChecklistforCompliancewithSection503_JRF_QA_508c.pdf

EEOC PUBLISHES STUDY OF IMPACT OF ANTI-BIAS LAWS: The federal laws prohibiting job discrimination turned 50 this year. The EEOC recently published a survey called “American Experiences versus American Expectations” illustrating the “significant changes to the United States workforce during the 50 years since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) opened its doors in 1965.” Here is a link to the article showing how the antidiscrimination laws have impacted the American workplace over the last half century: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/statistics/reports/american_experiences/.

GREAT SUMMARY IN UTAH BUSINESS OF LGBT WORKPLACE RIGHTS: The current issue of Utah Business magazine has a great summary of the recent development of protections in the workplace for members of the LGBT community. The author is thoughtful, bright, articulate (and very modest). Here is a link: http://www.utahbusiness.com/articles/view/a_year_of_change.

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Mike O’Brien is an experienced and accomplished employment attorney, media lawyer and courtroom litigator.  He is active in SHRM and has received the highest possible reviews from rating services like Martindale - Hubbell (AV rating), Chambers USA, Utah Business Legal Elite, Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal USA, and SuperLawyers.  HR Executive Online has named him as one of America’s most powerful 100 employment lawyers, but keep in mind, this does not mean he is good at moving heavy furniture.

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Best Lawyers In America, “Salt Lake City Best Lawyers Employment Law Lawyer Of The Year,” 2011-2012

Best Lawyers In America, First Amendment Law, Labor And Employment Law, 2005-2012

Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2003-2011

Employment Lawyer Of The Year, Utah State Bar, 2001

Human Resources Executive, Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Lawyers In America, 2010

Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007-2012

Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite, Labor And Employment, 2006-2012