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EEOC Wants Employers to “Reboot” Harassment Prevention

Many employers provide some training for their employees on the subject of sexual harassment. Recently, the EEOC has provided its view on employer training. The EEOC’s 16-person task force found that the training spent too...more

Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, “update your job descriptions?” Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, “I feel like that’s tattooed on my brain.” ...more

Court Determines That Grocer's Website Not Used to Sell Goods Is Public Accommodation Under the ADA

by WilmerHale on

Last week, following a bench trial, a federal district judge in Florida concluded that the grocery store and pharmacy chain Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because its website is not...more

In a Second Case, Judge Specifies Search Terms for Parties to Use: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Abbott v. Wyoming Cty. Sheriff’s Office, No. 15-CV-531W (W.D.N.Y. May 16, 2017), New York Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott granted the plaintiff’s motion to compel and defendant’s cross-motion in part, ordering the defendant...more

Is Your Company’s Hurricane Plan ready?

by Cozen O'Connor on

With the first tropical storm of the season bearing down on the Gulf Coast, it is a good time to dust off your HR Department’s Hurricane Plan and make sure it is up to date. If you don’t have one, it is an even better time to...more

Retailer Loses ADA Website Accessibility Trial

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers with both physical locations and a website should take note that a United States District Court has held that Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) because its website was...more

The EEOC Is Taking a Close Look at the Challenges Facing the ADEA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is paying close attention to the issue of age discrimination and to the many challenges facing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) 50 years after its enactment....more

Does the Most Recent Web Accessibility Ruling Impact Your Business?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The recent ruling in Juan Carlos Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., case no. 16-23020-civ-Scola (S.D. Fla. 2017) will require the attention of businesses across the country that host websites. To recap, this was a case of first...more

Summary Of Current Federal And State Pay Equity Laws

by Payne & Fears on

Please see full chart summarizing and comparing State and Federal Pay Equity Laws below for more information....more

Failure To Accommodate Sincere Religious Beliefs Can Be A Costly Mistake For Employers

Last week, in the case of EEOC v. Consul Energy, Inc., the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $586,860 judgment for a coal miner who claimed that his employer (Consul Energy) failed to accommodate his religious beliefs and...more

Office for Civil Rights Changes Complaint Investigation Policy

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Reversing the practice under the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has just issued new internal guidance changing how regional OCR offices will investigate discrimination...more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Your Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Are racial issues, religious differences, and gender norms creating tension in your workplace? Are the caustic exchanges so evident in news coverage today starting to crop up in the office? Are employees complaining of...more

Delaware Enacts Law to Address Gender Pay Gap By Prohibiting Employers From Requesting Compensation History of Job Applicants

by Littler on

On June 14, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new law to address the pay gap between men and women by prohibiting prospective employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. Delaware’s law, which...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Wage Theft and Other Employment Issues

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to debate legislation this session with substantial implications for employers in the Commonwealth. Bills aimed at preventing wage theft by employers, establishing a paid family and medical...more

Online Businesses Beware: Court Holds that Inaccessible Website Violates the ADA

by Bryan Cave on

Businesses with an online presence should take note that a United States District Court has held that Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) because its website was inaccessible to the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the EEOC held a public meeting at which experts advised that age discrimination and bias against older workers...more

Avoiding State Law Pitfalls (Part 1 of 4)

by Bryan Cave on

This is the first hypothetical in our series showing how well-intentioned employers can violate unfamiliar state laws. Navigating the treacherous waters of federal employment law is not easy. ...more

EEOC increases pregnancy discrimination enforcement

by GableGotwals on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is making pregnancy discrimination a priority. Since 2017 started, the commission has settled four lawsuits, totaling more than $400,000 in plaintiff relief. It’s become one of...more

Office for Civil Rights Reduces Scope of Investigations to More 'Swiftly' and 'Efficiently' Resolve Complaints

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that, on June 8, 2017, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) distributed an internal memo containing new guidance that will provide regional offices...more

Running a 21st Century Railroad with 20th Century Job Skills: How to Accommodate Disabilities?

by Murtha Cullina on

On March 7, 2011, Peter Joyce, Jr. (“Joyce”) filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), claiming that Respondent CSX Transportation (“CSX”): (1) denied him a reasonable accommodation...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms "Mark of the Beast" Religious Discrimination Verdict

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) affirmed a $600,000 jury verdict in favor of a West Virginia coal miner who refused to use a new biometric hand scanner installed by his...more

OCR Guidance Could Alter Scope of Pending and Future Civil Rights Investigations

by WilmerHale on

A memorandum obtained by ProPublica, if authentic, sets forth substantially revised guidance for civil rights investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The memorandum,...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2017 Regular Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2017 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded on June 7, 2017 without passing a budget. As such, the General Assembly will eventually have to convene a “special session”. In the meantime, our...more

SCC upholds employer's "no free accident" alcohol and drug policy: Stewart v Elk Valley

by Dentons on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. (2017 SCC 30). This is a landmark decision, reinforcing the right of employers to take proactive risk mitigation and...more

New California Regulations Further Limit Employers' Ability to Use Criminal History in Making Employment Decisions

by Nossaman LLP on

Effective July 1, 2017, new regulations from the California Fair Employment and Housing Council will further limit an employer’s ability to consider the criminal history of a job applicant or employee when making employment...more

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