On March 18, 2015, NLRB General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. issued a report and Memorandum offering “guidance” on various provisions of employer handbooks in his hope that employers review their handbooks and rules to ensure they are lawful.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commenced litigation against CVS Pharmacy, Inc. alleging that its separation agreements unlawfully prevented employees from communicating with the agency (the EEOC) or filing discrimination claims. Legal commentators have indicated that the form of separation agreement used by CVS is fairly standard for employers throughout the country. However, the EEOC contends that the separation agreements interfere with the employee’s right to file charges with the EEOC and other agencies in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.