Monthly Archives July 2014

Race Discrimination: Employer’s Poor Time Records, Documentation Could Cost Them

BY Steven L. Brenneman and WAKEUP CALL

Most people would agree that hospital food service is nothing to write home about. But a recent decision by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin–involving a hospital food-services employee is worth noting because it reminds employers of the importance of accurate time records and consistently applied policies.


Setting the table

Tina Gosey began working in 2008 as a chef’s assistant at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In September 2009, she applied for a promotion to food-services manager at the hospital. More than 150 other applicants also sought that open position. Aurora ultimately hired a white female for the job.

Gosey, who is black, believed she was denied the promotion because of ...

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OSHA’s I2P2 (Injury and Illness Prevention Program) Idea: Many States Have Been There, Done That

By David Galt and WAKEUP CALL

There’s been a lot of discussion about OSHA’s now-tabled proposal to require businesses to create a formal injury and illness prevention program, or “I2P2.” It is not widely known that many states already require certain businesses to have an I2P2, and others offer strong incentives for businesses to implement such programs. Whether OSHA’s proposed rule moves forward or not, I2P2 should not be anything new for employers in the states that require the written programs…unless you are an employer unaware of your state’s requirements.


Many States Require an I2P2, Others Offer Strong Incentives

There are 22 states that require a written injury and illness prevention program for certain industries, mostly as a requirement for worker’s compensation ins...

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Big Week for Supreme Court Decisions


In the last few days before the summer recess, the Supreme Court has decided cases that may impact employers. What follows below is a summary of these cases.


Monday, June 30: Court Rejects the Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Mandate for Some Companies

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-to-4 decision that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violates a 1993 federal law protecting religious freedom. The decision applied to two corporations challenging the coverage requirement: Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians with more than 13,000 employees, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania cabinet company owned by Mennonites. [Burwell v...

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