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US Enacts “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” Expanding Its Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Programs

by White & Case LLP on

On August 2, 2017, the President signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," providing a number of new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The President also issued a signing...more

New Jersey Expands Protection for United States Armed Forces Members and Veterans under New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

by FordHarrison on

Governor Chris Christie signed into law New Jersey Senate Bill S726, expanding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to prohibit all forms of discrimination against members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The law was...more

Transgender Benefits Revisited?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a series of tweets published on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced a ban on transgender service in the armed forces. In the wake of this reversal of government policy, employers may question the current state of...more

No “Summer Slow-Down” for Manufacturers – Regulatory Changes Continue

Readers of this space may recall my recent posts highlighting court and legislative changes to employment laws, regulations and policies affecting manufacturers. See e.g. “‘Manufacturing’ Law: Courts Also Move to Fill the...more

What Is Going On With The Revised EEO-1 Form?  Acting EEOC Chair Provides Insight Into Its Status

As loyal readers of our blog are aware, in February 2016, the EEOC released a rule to amend the Form EEO-1. The new rule requires private employers (including federal contractors) with 100 or more employees to submit pay...more

Top Ten List – Track These 10 Important Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Comes to a Close

by Fisher Phillips on

When the Legislature reconvenes from its summer recess on August 21, it will have only a few short weeks to finish work on legislation for this year. All bills must be passed and sent to Governor Brown by September 15, who...more

UPDATE: Property Owners Gaining New Tools To Fight ADA Lawsuits

by Shutts & Bowen LLP on

At the end of May, I wrote a post about new legislation in Florida intended to help property owners fight Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) lawsuits. As discussed in more detail in the prior post, the bill allows...more

Costa Rica's New Labor Reform in Force as of July 25, 2017

by Littler on

On July 25, 2017, Law No. 9343, known as the “Labor Procedure Reform” (LPR), became effective. By amending 348 articles of the Labor Code, the LPR overhauls nearly half of the country’s labor and employment laws,...more

Affirmative Action Bombshell: FAQs About The Justice Department’s New College Admissions Project

by Fisher Phillips on

Higher education institutions felt seismic shockwaves yesterday as the New York Times reported that the Trump administration would soon redirect Justice Department resources toward investigating – and possibly suing –...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2017

THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR . . . OSHA’S YEARLY SUMMER HEAT CAMPAIGN - On June 26, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the return of its heat illness prevention campaign: Water. Rest. Shade....more

John Skvarla on the Strength of North Carolina Commerce

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In May, North Carolina won Site Selection magazine’s 2017 Prosperity Cup, earning recognition once again for its economic appeal and ability to attract new investments while offering a climate that supports growth. On the...more

Are You Sure You Want to Expand? Myriad State and Local Employment Laws Cause Numerous Headaches for Employers

“Arizona’s New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes into Effect in July.” “San Francisco Passes ‘Lactation in the Workplace’ Ordinance.” Headlines such as these flood the email of human resources professionals and employment lawyers. As...more

Businesses continue to face uncertainty, litigation risk in the wake of DOJ’s “inactive” web accessibility rulemaking

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 20, the Trump Administration posted its first Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. For the first time, the Agenda included a list of “inactive” actions to notify the public of regulations “still...more

President Trump Moves to Fill Last Vacancy on EEOC

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This week, President Trump announced that he would nominate Daniel Gade for the last open seat on the five-member U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. ...more

WPI State of the States: Statehouses Continue to Release Summer Blockbusters

by Littler on

Despite recent publicity surrounding bills pending in the U.S. Congress, state legislatures have not lost their focus. More than 30 states have concluded their legislative sessions, and another half-dozen are in recess. But...more

Does Transgender Military Ban Signal New Direction of Trump Administration on LGBTQ Rights?

by FordHarrison on

On July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that the military, arguably the country’s largest employer, will no longer allow transgender people to serve, thus breaking from the Obama Administration’s lift of the...more

United we stand. But lawfully.

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Trade union conduct is constantly changing, and our team have observed trends that are reshaping the boundaries, and that have already begun to impact our clients....more

Final Regulations Clarifying and Expanding New York City "Ban the Box" Law Take Effect on August 5, 2017

by Littler on

New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA), which took effect October 27, 2015, imposes affirmative obligations on covered employers and employment agencies regarding when they may conduct criminal background checks on job...more

Governor Baker Signs Into Law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective April 1, 2018, Massachusetts will expand its anti-discrimination statute to specifically prohibit the discrimination against, refusal to hire, and the termination of individuals due to pregnancy...more

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

by Littler on

On July 27, 2017, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”). Once the Act takes effect on April 1, 2018, most employers with employees in Massachusetts will be required to provide...more

Update: San Francisco’s Salary History Ban Signed Into Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Mayor Ed Lee signed the “Parity in Pay Ordinance” (“Ordinance”) on July 19, 2017, prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history. The law will go into effect on July 1, 2018...more

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act: 5 Facts You Need to Know

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act, which requires some establishments with single-occupancy restrooms to display signs indicating that the restroom is gender-neutral, has been in effect since March 1, 2017. Assembly Bill...more

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Votes to Defund Revised Form EEO-1 Requiring Disclosure of Pay Data

On July 13, 2017, the House Committee on Appropriations signaled what could be a devastating blow to the future of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) revised Form EEO-1. As you may recall, in February...more

A Ban on Ban-the-Box Laws? Texas and Indiana Introduce Legislation That Would Prohibit Municipal and County Ban-the-Box Laws...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In recent years, numerous cities and counties have enacted ordinances restricting the ability of public and private employers to inquire into the criminal histories of applicants during various stages of...more

DOJ Places Website Rulemaking on the “Inactive” List

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Trump Administration’s first Unified Agenda reveals DOJ has placed web accessibility, medical equipment, and furniture rulemakings under Title II and III of the ADA on Inactive List....more

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