EEOC Launches Small Business Resource Center (article)
To assist small business owners in their compliance with laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency recently launched a Small Business Resource Center website (http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/smallbusiness/).
As background, several federal laws prohibit employment-based discrimination and apply to small employers. For example, laws impacting employers employing 15 or more employees include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), and the Title VII laws addressing employment-based discrimination relating to race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, or gender identity), and national origin. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), applicable to employers employing 20 or more employees, prohibits discriminatory practices against individuals aged 40 and over.
The dedicated EEOC website contains a general overview of small business obligations including the posting and record keeping requirements to assist in compliance with the myriad of nondiscriminatory laws. In addition, the website has FAQs, tips, fact sheets and videos, as well as no-cost outreach programs available.
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