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Justices Try to Define Religious Accommodation Standard
The U.S. Supreme Court is addressing the question of whether Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against a woman who was denied a job because her Muslim headscarf, known as a hijab, conflicted with the company's dress code.
 
Benefits
Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Excessive 401(k) Fees Case
Breach-of-fiduciary claims are not barred by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's six-year statute of limitations when there is a failure to monitor and remove imprudent investment options, argued an attorney before the Supreme Court.

DOL Revises FMLA Regulations' Definition of 'Spouse'
The U.S. Department of Labor's revision to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations' definition of "spouse" may not be a surprise to HR but it may be news to supervisors, who should be trained on the regulatory change.

Time Offered for Unpaid Caregiving Leave Declines
The amount of time off for all types of unpaid caregiving leave except for maternity leave has declined since 2012.

DOL to Re-Propose Fiduciary Rule
A revised fiduciary standard requirement for those advising retirement plan participants, expected later this year, remains contentious.

Plan for ACA Whistle-Blower Complaints
Employers need to limit whistle-blower liability under the largely unnoticed whistle-blower protections of the Affordable Care Act.

Global
Five Labor Trafficking Victims in MIssissippi Awarded $14M
Five Indian guest workers who were among nearly 500 lured to the United States with promises of getting green cards were awarded $14 million.

Staffing Management
'Blacklisting' Executive Order Blasted on Hill
The "blacklisting" executive order is "completely unworkable in the real world," said a management attorney at a House hearing.

 

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