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 a move designed to ease Massachusetts employers' transition to the new state earned sick time law, state Attorney General, Maura Healey, recently announced a 6 month "safe harbor" delay on full implementation of the law—at least for some employers.
By this time, all federal contractors with affirmative action plan obligations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act should be soliciting self-identification of disability status from applicants and conducting workforce surveys to solicit self-identification of disability status from existing employees.
Just before the State of the Union address this year, President Obama put the push of the White House squarely behind the issue of paid sick leave. In a PR blitz, Obama was seen lunching with workers, visiting businesses that provide paid sick leave to employees, and, finally, highlighting the issue in his State of the Union.
Want to know what the OFCCP will be up to as President Obama finishes out his last term in office? Just look at the agency’s proposed fiscal year (FY) budget for 2016. The FY 2016 budget request for the OFCCP, which asks for a little over $113.5 million and 660 full-time employees, reveals a lot about the agency’s priorities and goals in the upcoming 18 months.
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