Susan Schoenfeld, JD, is a Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Schoenfeld has practiced in the area of employment litigation and counseling, covering topics such as disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, and sexual harassment. She provided training and counseling to corporate clients and litigated cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals, state court, and at the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to private practice, Ms. Schoenfeld was an attorney with the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in Washington, D.C., where she advised federal agencies, drafted regulations, conducted inspector training courses, and litigated cases for DOL. Ms. Schoenfeld received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, with honors, from Union College, and her law degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University.
Interview: Susan was quoted in a NBCNews.com article on the topic of the reasons why nonvoters don't make it to the polls on Election Day.
Video: Watch Susan's recent video on FMLA recertification requests.
In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state. The Court’s decision also simplifies and expands the application of a number of state and federal laws that grant certain rights and protections to spouses, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
This past May, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released proposed guidance and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) issued proposed regulations regarding implementation of Executive Order (EO) 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which was signed by President Obama last year. The EO also contains provisions requiring employers to fully document wage calculations in wage statements.
Recent statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reveal that 16.6 million adults aged 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder, including 10.8 million men and 5.8 million women. Many of these adults are also employees, raising the issue of what an employer must do to address issues of alcoholism in its workforce.
On September 10, 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released its final rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13665, Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information.
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