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Proposed Employee Wellness Legislation Might Undermine Protections of GINA

Employees who don’t want to disclose genetic information about themselves and their families to their employers may have to pay a stiff price for that privacy in the future. The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R....more

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Would Mandate Sanctions for Frivolous Claims

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 ("LARA") by a vote of 230–180. 163 Cong. Rec. H2025-03, H2025. The bill seeks to undo the 1993 amendments to Rule 11 of the...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2017

EXECUTIVE ORDERS MARK A RISING, ROILING TIDE OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - In his first week in office, President Donald Trump launched a series of executive orders (EO) directing large-scale changes on...more

Alberta human rights protection to be fully extended to age discrimination

On January 6, 2017, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta granted an Application to include age as a protected ground under sections 4 and 5 of the Alberta Human Rights Act (the “Act”). Under the current Act,...more

Lawmaker seeks CFPB fair lending investigation of fintech small business lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by fintech companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the CFPB “to vigorously investigate whether [such...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

2018: California Employment Laws on the Horizon

Are you finally caught up on all of the new California laws taking effect in 2017? Then begin preparing for 2018 because the California legislature has been busy drafting another set of employment related laws. Here is a...more

New House Bill Would Open Door for Genetic Testing in Wellness Programs

Under a new proposed H.R. bill, employers may be able to strongly encourage employees to participate in genetic testing. H.R. 1313, entitled the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, was recently approved by a House of...more

Dutch and French Legislatures Introduce New Human Rights Due Diligence Reporting Requirements

In February 2017, legislatures in the Netherlands and France took significant steps to implement mandatory due diligence and reporting rules regarding the impact of an employer's operations and supply chains on human rights. ...more

Regulatory comments due in March & other housing news updates

Comments on the following HUD and housing related guidance are due this month. HOTMA implementation for Section 8 Voucher Programs – Due March 20, 2017 - On January 18, 2017, HUD issued a proposed rule to implement...more

California Businesses To Provide Neutral Restrooms So All Genders Can Do Their Business

In California, all business establishments, places of public accommodation, or government agencies with single-occupancy restrooms are now required to identify such toilet facilities as all-gender restrooms. In September...more

New Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Disclosures Will Soon Take Effect for Large Employers in Great Britain

Effective April 6, 2017, new Gender Pay Reporting regulations to address the gender pay gap (the “Regulations”) come into force in Great Britain. The Regulations are intended to address the pay gap between men and women by...more

California Lawmakers Introduce Statewide Ban-the-Box Law

When it comes to legislation restricting employer use of criminal records, California seems to be leading the charge. In the last six months alone, we have reported on a variety of new laws that apply to California employers...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Begins to Speak - March 2017

At its February 21, 2017 and March 2, 2017 meetings, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee began the process of approving bills. The following is a listing (with a brief description) of the proposed...more

Employment Law This Week: Waiver of Meal Breaks, Driver Classification Ruling, Transgender Guidance Withdrawal, New Immigration... [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Workplace Discrimination and Gun Rights: The Confluence of Two Hot Button Issues in Pennsylvania

On January 23, 2017, a noteworthy and interesting bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. House Bill 38, which was introduced and sponsored by fifteen (15) State Representatives, is aimed at expanding the...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Court of Appeals After Trump Administration Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court remanded a highly anticipated transgender rights case back to the Court of Appeals after the Trump Administration withdrew Obama era guidance regarding the rights of...more

Puerto Rico Adopts Local Equal Pay Act

On March 8, 2017, Puerto Rico enacted Act 16, creating the Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act ("PR Equal Pay Act" or "the Act"). The law's stated intent is to eradicate the pay difference between female and male employees. To that...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/13-3/17

As the 2017-18 legislative session gets underway in California, policy committees are beginning to hear and vote on bills – including numerous proposals that impact California employers. Our weekly “hot list” will provide you...more

How Will the EEOC Change Under the Trump Administration?

Employers, human resource professionals, and employment attorneys all have the same burning question on their minds – what is the Trump administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), with newly appointed...more

Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Case to Lower Court

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not entertain arguments in GG v. Gloucester County School Board, a case that would have been the Court’s first significant opportunity to weigh in on gender identity...more

Protests Planned for March 8 Are Not A Reason to Deviate from Normal Attendance Policies

The organizers of January’s Women’s March on Washington and similar “sister” marches across the country are calling for women to “take the day off from paid and unpaid labor” on March 8, 2017. Promoted as a “Day Without A...more

House Legislation Seeks to Harmonize Wellness Programs with ADA and GINA

On March 2, 2017, in an attempt to clear the murky waters surrounding wellness programs, Rep. Virginia Foxx, chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced the Preserving Employee Wellness...more

Employment Law This Week: Whistleblower Case Dismissed, ADEA Claims, Future Trump NLRB, NY Paid Family Leave [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Trio of Bills Would Impose Human Trafficking Obligations on Lodging Industry

A trio of bills introduced recently in the California Legislature seek to involve the lodging industry in efforts to combat human trafficking. Assembly Bill 260 by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) would...more

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