Susan Lessack

Susan Lessack

Pepper Hamilton LLP

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OSHA Joins the Growing Support for Transgender Rights in the Workplace

With the increased government scrutiny of transgender issues in the workplace, employers should be careful not to discriminate against transgender employees and to treat them in accordance with their gender...more

7/17/2015 - Army Compliance Construction Industry DOL EEOC Employee Restrooms Federal Contractors Gender Discrimination General Duty Clause Hostile Environment LGBT OSHA Reasonable Accommodation Sex Discrimination Title VII Transgender Workplace Hazards Workplace Safety

Employees Who Suffer Only Economic Losses From a Data Breach Cannot Sustain a Negligence Claim Against Their Employer

Creating a private cause of action in negligence for data breaches could result in the filing each year of possibly hundreds of thousands of lawsuits by persons whose confidential information may be in the hands of third...more

6/15/2015 - Breach of Contract Class Action Data Breach Data Security Duty of Care Negligence PA Supreme Court Personal Data Personally Identifiable Information Popular Safe Harbors Target

No Smoking = No Vaping?

The days of lighting up at the office are making a comeback in some workplaces, thanks to the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013, one in five adult smokers...more

12/5/2014 - CDC CVS E-Cigarettes Employer Group Health Plans Employment Policies Hiring & Firing Starbucks Wal-Mart Workplace Hazards

EEOC Files Its Second Complaint Challenging an Employer’s Wellness Program

Just six weeks after the EEOC sued Orion Energy Systems, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin claiming that Orion’s wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

10/6/2014 - Corporate Counsel EEOC Employer Liability Issues Popular Wellness Programs

Philadelphia Passes Breastfeeding Act

On September 3, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed City Council Bill 130992, amending Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance and making it illegal “for any employer to fail to reasonably accommodate an individual’s...more

9/5/2014 - Breastfeeding Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues New Legislation Reasonable Accommodation

EEOC Issues Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-anticipated Enforcement Guidance: Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (Guidance). The Guidance is controversial on several fronts....more

7/18/2014 - EEOC Employee Rights Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination

President Obama Takes Two Executive Actions Aimed At Promoting Equal Pay For Employees Of Federal Contractors

The White House announced on April 8 that President Obama took two executive actions “to help combat pay discrimination and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws.” By limiting these actions to federal government...more

4/10/2014 - Equal Pay Executive Orders Federal Contractors

Game Changer: NLRB Approves Unionization Of Northwestern University Football Players

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a ruling that could potentially change the landscape of college football and other collegiate sports when the Regional Director of the Chicago...more

3/31/2014 - College Athletes NLRA NLRB Unions

Carrot Or Stick? When Does A Voluntary Wellness Program Become Involuntary?

Employer wellness programs, which are designed to stem rising health care costs by encouraging healthy behaviors among employees, are rising in popularity. Such programs will receive another boost when certain provisions of...more

9/24/2013 - ADA Affordable Care Act Compliance Healthcare Wellness Programs

OFCCP Echoes EEOC’s Recommendations On The Use Of Criminal Records In Making Hiring Decisions

On January 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive No. 306: "Complying with Non-Discrimination Provisions: Criminal Records Restrictions and...more

2/18/2013 - Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records EEOC Hiring & Firing OFCCP Title VII

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