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The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (14 July 2014), with accompanying questions and answers and a fact sheet for small businesses (both undated).

The United States Department of Labor's wage and hour division (WHD) has announced that recruitment agency B&D Contracting has agreed to pay 1,543 current and former welders, pipe fitters and shipfitters a total of US$1,660,438 in backwages after denying them overtime compensation as a result of "improper pay and record-keeping practices".

Samsung Electronics (Samsung) has announced that it has decided to temporarily suspend business with supplier Dongguan Shinyang Electronics (Shinyang) after finding evidence of the possible use of child labour at a Chinese factory of the supplier.

Ski Equipment Makers Settle Antitrust Charges

16 Jul 2014
Written by World Watch

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it has approved final orders barring a number of ski equipment manufacturers from engaging in specified anticompetitive conduct (both dated 3 July 2014).

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The United States Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced that it has issued Rhino Eastern 38 citations for health and safety breaches at a coal mine in West Virginia.

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that retailer Walgreens has agreed to pay former cashier Josefina Hernandez US$180,000 to settle disability discrimination charges filed by the EEOC. According to the EEOC, Ms Hernandez, a diabetic, was fired after almost 18 years' of employment with no disciplinary record when she "ate a [US]$1.39 bag of chips during a hypoglycemic attack in order to stabilize her blood sugar level".

UK Expands Rights to Flexible Working

03 Jul 2014
Written by World Watch

The United Kingdom Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Deputy Prime Minister's Office (DPMO) and Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) have jointly announced the commencement of "the statutory right to request flexible working after 26 weeks['] employment service" under the Employment Rights Act 1996 c. 18 (UK) (the Provisions).

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has handed down its judgment in C-507/12 Jessy Saint Prix v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (19 June 2014) after being asked by the United Kingdom Supreme Court "whether a woman who gives up work, or seeking work, because of the physical constraints of the late stages of pregnancy and the aftermath of childbirth is a 'worker' for the purposes of [European Union (EU)] law".

Australia-based department store group Myer may be considering civil and criminal proceedings against Andrew Flanagan after dismissing him from an executive position on his first day in the role. Myer reportedly removed Mr Flanagan from the role of group general manager of strategy and business development after its well-publicised understanding that he had previously been Asia Pacific vice president of global fashion retail group Inditex was wholly refuted by a representative of Inditex subsidiary Zara.

The Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA) of the Australian state of Victoria has issued a series of prosecution summaries (all undated) for June 2014.

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