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Watchdogs Petition SEC to Strengthen Prohibitions Against Impeding Complaints to SEC

On July 18, 2014, a coalition of plaintiff-side lawyers and government watchdog groups proposed ways to strengthen the SEC whistleblower program in two petitions filed with the SEC. The groups urged the SEC to update Rule...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Federal Contractors From Discriminating Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender...

On July 21, 2014, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating in employment decisions based on applicants’ or employees’ sexual orientation or gender identity. This...more

Africa Update - July 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

New York AG, Capital One Agree On Credit Screening Changes

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced an agreement with Capital One Financial Corporation that will require the bank to adopt new policies regarding the screening of consumers seeking to open...more

Be Global - July 2014

Saudi Arabia: Webinar on the recent introduction of the Nitiqat and Ajeer Systems in Saudi Arabia Our Middle East Employment team delivered a webinar recently covering issues surrounding the nationalization agenda in...more

The TAKE OFF Campaign - Cavalli-er attitude or religious hyper-sensitivity?

There is a general rule that you don’t talk about sex, religion or politics at work. I did politics in my last Letter from Europe, and this time, I’m touching on the religious theme. (As I don’t think the firm would take...more

Executive Order Bars Discrimination against LGBT Workers for Federal Contractors, Government

President Obama recently signed an executive order that will prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The executive order adds sexual orientation and...more

The German Federal Labor Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) rejects doubtful discrimination complaints

Even if a potential Employer does not know that an applicant is unsuitable for the offered job from an objective point of view, compensation claims based on discrimination would not be granted. The first comprehensive...more

EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Its Application to the ADA

The EEOC recently issued new guidance on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The guidance provides the agency’s interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to...more

IPR Spotlight Series: What to Do When the PTAB Denies Your Petition to Institute IPR

Inter partes review (IPR) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) became available on September 16, 2012 as a post-grant review procedure to challenge the patentability of issued claims based on prior art patents and...more

Sex Stereotyping, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, And Federal Law – Crazy-Mixed-Up Right Now

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is dead again, so there isn’t a federal law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Is there any federal law on same-sex harassment or discrimination? If so, what is it?...more

Supreme Court Poised to Hear TSA Whistleblower Case

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) plays a crucial role in our national safety infrastructure. Yet the agency has been subjected to significant criticism — and even been the butt of jokes — for the last several...more

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues

On July 14, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), by a 3-to-2 vote of commissioners, issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (the "Guidance"), along with a question and...more

How to Avoid Being the Next Casualty in the EEOC’s War on Employee Separation Agreements

In its current Strategic Enforcement Plan, the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that it is fed up with and will target employer “policies and practices that discourage or prohibit individuals from exercising...more

Whistleblowers are important | Ensure yours understand their benefit

Over the last few years, we've seen how the power of whistleblowers can effect change, hold companies accountable and stop corruption. The spotlight on the critical role they could have played is seen in the absence of them...more

Race-Based Admissions and Assignment Policies Survive Another Legal Challenge in Fisher v. University of Texas

Last year, I blogged about the impact of a higher education Supreme Court diversity case, Fisher v. University of Texas on K-12 schools. As discussed in that blog, although the decision was a higher education decision, it...more

EEOC Issues Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination for First Time in 30 Years

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination for the first time in 30 years. The new guidance clarifies the EEOC's understanding of the law, as well...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Federal Contractors from Discriminating Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender...

Frustrated with Congress's failure to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and consistent with his recent Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for employees of federal contractors,...more

Illinois Embraces "Ban The Box"

On July 19, 2014, Illinois joined a growing number of states prohibiting employers from asking about applicants’ criminal histories early in the hiring process. ...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues. The purpose of the Enforcement Guidance is to explain the EEOC’s...more

Code of Ethics | Code of Conduct - What's the Difference?

The terms "Code of Ethics" and "Code of Conduct" are often mistakenly used interchangeably. They are, in fact, two unique documents. Codes of ethics, which govern decision-making, and codes of conduct, which govern...more

New Employment Protections for LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors, U.S. Government

Continuing to use executive authority to act in the absence of Congressional action, President Obama signed an Executive Order on July 21, 2014 that gave new protections against discrimination to lesbian, gay, bisexual and...more

New Baltimore City Law Limits Employee Criminal Record Check

"Ban the Box" laws are being passed in cities all across the United States. Ober|Kaler's Employment Group looks at the version passed by the Baltimore City Council and outlines what employers doing business in Baltimore need...more

TERMINATION: Not a ‘team player’… or sex discrimination?

From time to time, employers discharge employees because they’re “not a good fit” or “not a team player.” While these may be perfectly good reasons for ending someone’s employment, be aware that in some situations courts or...more

Employment Law - July 2014 #2

High Court’s Fall Docket Includes Major Employment Issues - Why it matters: While the 2013-2014 U.S. Supreme Court term may be over, the justices have granted certiorari in two major employment cases slated for the...more

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