The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that 515 workers have had pension benefits totalling almost US$2 million restored to them following the DoL wage and hour division's identification of the breach of US Postal Service contracts by Lange Trucking Inc.
The United Kingdom Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has welcomed the Court of Appeal's decision in Gallop v Newport City Council  EWCA Civ 1583 (11 December 2013), noting that the Court ruled that "an employer cannot 'simply rubber stamp' an opinion provided by occupational health advisors[,] and must make its own judgment as to whether an employee is disabled".
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that telesales and data services company Alorica Inc (Alorica) has agreed to settle a disability discrimination suit brought by the EEOC against Ryla Teleservices Inc (Ryla), an entity acquired by Alorica.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Hawaii-based retailer Step Three Ltd (Step Three) has agreed to pay US$60,000 and implement policy and procedural reforms in order to settle charges that it discriminated against an employee on account of "her fertility treatments and eventual pregnancy".
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that a US federal Court in Denver has ordered Beverage Distributors Company (BDC) to pay worker Mike Sungaila approximately US$200,000 and to hire him to a night warehouse loading position that it previously denied him on the basis that he is legally blind.
The United States (US) Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that grocery store operator Venture Inc (Venture) has agreed to pay US$325,000 and to furnish other relief to settle a class sexual harassment suit in relation to a Mississippi workplace.
The United Kingdom (UK) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has made available a final notice (10 December 2013) fining a number of Lloyds Banking Group entities a total of £28,038,800 for retail conduct failings.
The European Commission (EC) has announced that the European Union (EU) Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO), which consists of EU member states' employment, social protection, consumer protection, health and equal opportunities Ministers, has agreed on a general approach on the EC's proposal (21 March 2012) for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU on the enforcement of Directive 96/71/EC (the Posted Workers Directive).
The European Commission (EC) has released its report (6 December 2013), accompanied by annexes (6 December 2013) and a brochure (undated), to the European Parliament and to the Council of the European Union (EU) on the application of Directive 2006/54/EC (the Equal Treatment Directive). The Equal Treatment Directive relates to "the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation".
The United States (US) Department of Labor (DoL) has announced that Maine-based stone-crushing plant operator Ferraiolo Constructions Inc and its owner-president John Ferraiolo have resolved a former employee's allegations that the company "terminated [the worker's] employment ... in retaliation [against] his having made recurring safety complaints".