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July 2012 Archives

Gender Identity Discrimination is Sexual Discrimination

lu_hwe_logo.jpgThe U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") recently held a transgender individual may state a case for sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Macy v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, EEOC Appeal No. 0120120821 (April 23, 2012). Although the EEOC failed to make a determination on the merits of whether sexual discrimination occurred, it did hold discrimination based on an individual's gender identity, change of sex, and/or transgender status was a form of sexual discrimination prohibited under Title VII and remanded the matter for further adjudication.

PPACA Mandates New W-2 Requirements

kwolak.jpgOn June 28th, the United States Supreme Court upheld arguably all of the substantive provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In addition to all those in the health care and insurance industries who were waiting to know the fate of this law, you can add another interested group: your accounting department.

Up In Smoke

tleeth.jpgThe Indiana General Assembly has passed and Governor Daniels has signed into law Indiana's first statewide smoking ban which went into effect July 1, 2012. This new law prohibits smoking in public places, places of employment and within eight feet (8') of any public entrance to a public place or place of employment. Smoking is not restricted in outdoor areas even if it is the location where persons are normally employed in their jobs. The restriction only applies to enclosed areas of a structure and eight feet (8') from the public entrance to such places.

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