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.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its enforcement data for fiscal year 2013 showing that the agency obtained the highest monetary recovery in agency history, increasing by $6.7 million to $372.1 million. Retaliation was the most frequently cited basis for the 93,727 charges of discrimination.
Government contractors take note; the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently issued its official form for soliciting disability information from job applicants and employees.
In order to address the pay gap that occurs during unpaid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) recently introduced the FAMILY Act--new legislation that would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program, modeled on state laws providing for paid family leave already enacted in California, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
The March 24, 2014, effective date for the new final rules is fast approaching. As contractors get ready, we thought we would provide a checklist of things to do and resources to consider before the new rules begin, on the effective date, and in the first plan year after the effective date.
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