Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Salt Lake City Considering Antidiscrimination Ordinance to Prohibit Discrimination on the Basis Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression

Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker, has declared his intention to deliver a nondiscrimination ordinance in mid-September that will recommend the adoption of an ordinance that will prohibit employers in Salt Lake City from discriminating against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of a person's "actual or perceived [sexual] orientation" or a "person's actual or perceived gender related identity." The ordinances would potentially exempt small employers, religious organizations, and governmental entities.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Court Upholds Dismissal of Police Officer for Failing to Properly Write Reports.

In Boston v. Salt Lake City Civil Service Commission, the Utah Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a police officer because she had failed to give a field sobriety test when a situation warranted it and when she failed to properly write a report on a theft charge. The Court rejected the officer's argument that she had been treated more harshly than other officers.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Are You Prepared for New Return-to-Duty and Follow-Up Drug Testing Requirements?

On July 30, 2009, the Department of Transportation issued a new final rule that will become effective August 31, 2009, requiring that all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests be done pursuant to Direct Observation. Although the rule found at 49 CFR 40.67(b) was originally issued on June 25, 2008, because of intervening court action the final implementation of the rule was delayed.