Monthly Archives: December 2012

EEOC Releases Strategic Enforcement Plan

On December 18, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission formally released its new Strategic Enforcement Plan, which outlines its priorities and objectives for prospective enforcement and investigation.  The EEOC identifies its priorities as follows: Eliminating Barriers in Recruitment and Hiring. The EEOC will target class-based recruitment and hiring practices that discriminate against racial, ethnic and religious [...]

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Handbook Anti-Retaliation Policy Does Not Create An Enforceable Contract Right Where Handbook Affirms At-Will Employment

In the case of Scott  v. Merck & Co, Incorporated (Fourth Circuit, Nov 2012), an employee made an internal ethics complaint against her supervisor, claiming that he had violated company business standards by issuing unwarranted performance evaluations and improvement plans.  As part of its published code of conduct, Merck had a policy that stated: “[anyone] who [...]

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This week Michigan passes legislation officially making it a “Right-To-Work” state.  Often confused with “at-will” employment, the ambiguous term actually refers to laws that prohibit Employers or Unions from requiring or banning Union membership or dues as a condition of employment.  Practically stated, right-to-work laws essentially limit a Union’s ability to require membership, which potentially [...]

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