Labor Law: Religious accommodations not required if the accommodation impacts other employees | Local Business News

Irina Baranova

By KAREN MICHAEL Special correspondent Former U.S. Postal employee Gerald Groff sued his employer, claiming it failed to provide him a reasonable accommodation for his religious beliefs. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees whose sincerely held religious beliefs conflict with a […]

Labor Law: Using artificial intelligence during the hiring process can violate the Americans with Disabilities Act | Local Business News

Irina Baranova

By KAREN MICHAEL Special correspondent The use of artificial intelligence in the workplace has been at the center of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent guidance on “The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Use of Software, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence to Assess Job Applicants and Employees.” The guidance can […]

Labor Law: Employee subjected to unwanted birthday party wins $450,000 for disability discrimination & retaliation | Local Business News

Irina Baranova

By KAREN MICHAEL Special correspondent A Kentucky jury awarded a former employee $450,000 following a lawsuit alleging disability discrimination and retaliation which he says began when company employees held an unwanted birthday party for him. Former employee Kevin Berling sued his employer Gravity Diagnostics in Kentucky state court claiming that […]

Labor Law: New caregiver discrimination guidance in light of COVID-19 | Local Business News

Irina Baranova

By KAREN MICHAEL Special correspondent Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued guidance titled “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Caregiver Discrimination Under Federal Employment Discrimination Laws.” While the title of guidance focuses on the pandemic, caregiver discrimination can be much broader than those arising due to COVID-19. No federal discrimination […]

Business Digest: March 27, 2022 | Local

Irina Baranova

Austin Bank makes promotion Austin Bank employee Shannon Seay has been promoted to special assets manager and assistant manager of loan operations. The promotion was approved at the March board meeting at the Austin Bank corporate office in Jacksonville. Shannon Seay is a vice president and in charge of the […]

Labor Law: COVID workplace regulations rescinded and replaced with flexible guidance for employers | Local Business News

Irina Baranova

By KAREN MICHAEL Special correspondent Virginia’s Safety and Health Codes Board repealed the permanent COVID-19 standards effective March 23 that, along with the previous temporary ones, impacted Virginia workplaces since July 2020. On his first day in office, Gov. Glenn Youngkin recognized the undue burden the standards placed on business […]