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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Independent PAC Spending on Legislative Races Nears $500,000 - Political Action Committee and...more

Federal Pay Equity Legislation Promised

Legislation coming to the Federally Regulated Employment Sector (and possibly provincially-regulated employers enrolled in the Federal Contractors Program) - The Canadian pay equity model requires employers to assess the...more

Donald Trump must have missed the mandatory training—making America harassed again

It has been just one week since the recording emerged of Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. Since then, women have been coming forward accusing him of harassment and assault. The recording not only...more

Decision 2016: A Refresher on Politics in Your Workplace

Over the next few weeks, millions of Americans will cast their votes, concluding what has been a particularly contentious election cycle. Until then, as Election Day approaches and employees’ political passions continue to...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation, a/k/a Federal Contractor Blacklisting Regulation

On July 31, 2014, without much public attention, President Obama issued a far-reaching Executive Order, No. 13673, which requires bidders on federal contracts to disclose adverse labor law decisions under more than a dozen...more

2016 presidential election dynamics in the workplace: Free speech? ‘You’re fired’

None of us are immune from this year’s presidential election dynamics. Disrespect and name-calling seem more prevalent than policy discussions. The election is highly polarizing, potentially pitting employee against...more

EEOC General Counsel David Lopez to Depart Agency

WASHINGTON - David Lopez, general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) since 2010, announced today that he will depart the agency after 6 ½ years of service in early December....more

House Overwhelmingly Passes SNT Fairness Act

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, a bill that would allow people with disabilities to create their own first-party special needs trusts without having to rely on others, has passed the House of Representatives by a vote...more

Blurred Lines: Courts Still Unclear On When Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Illegal

Since its passage in 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act has prohibited discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Title VII, which applies to all employers with 15 or...more

California Amends Labor Code to Prohibit Employers from Using Juvenile Records in Employment Decisions

On September 27, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1843, which amends the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes.  The...more

Transgender Protections Expanded In California With All-Gender Restroom Law

On Thursday, September 29, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation which will require all single-occupancy restrooms in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be...more

California Broadens Its “Fair Pay Act” to Prohibit Race And Ethnicity Discrimination

Around this time last year, Section 1197.5 of the California Labor Code was amended by S.B. 358 in order to “eliminate the gender wage gap in California.” Among other things, the amendment sought to increase wage transparency...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to...more

California Requires Single-Occupancy Restrooms To Be “All Gender”

On the heels of North Carolina’s controversial legislation, which requires that people use the public restroom that corresponds to their biological gender rather than the gender with which they identify, California has gone...more

Governor Signs California “All Gender” Bathroom Bill

We posted before on AB 1732, which Governor Brown signed yesterday. This law prohibits businesses and government entities from labeling any “single-user toilet facility” as either “male” or “female.” It defines “single-user...more

CA Governor Signs Bill Allowing Actors to Delete Their Age from Online Profiles

On September 24, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed A.B. 1687 – a measure aimed at preventing age discrimination against film, television, and other professionals in the entertainment industry whose ages could be viewed...more

California Prohibits Employers from Considering Juvenile Criminal Convictions

In the past, a California employer could freely inquire about and consider a job applicant’s history of criminal convictions in determining any condition of employment including hiring, promotion, or termination. Although...more

New CA Law Requires Disclosing Known ADA Violations During Lease Negotiations

Seyfarth Synopsis: In yet another effort to reduce ADA lawsuits, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law – effective immediately – legislation to encourage tenants and landlords to acknowledge and address any...more

Illinois Becomes Seventh State to Expand Employment Rights to Domestic Workers

On August 21, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, amending four existing state employment laws so they will now apply to domestic workers. Effective January 1,...more

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Bar Pre-Hire Inquiries into Candidate Compensation History

The New Jersey State Assembly is considering a bill (A-4119) that would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) to prohibit an employer from seeking compensation information on a candidate. If passed, the...more

Employers' Legislative Update: Governor Brown Signs New Bills

Tis the season for new laws in California and not all of it brings good tidings and cheer for employers. Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed several state Assembly and Senate Bills affecting those who employ domestic...more

Department of Labor Announces “Preassessment” Program For Government Contractors

Loyal readers of this blog are well aware of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order and corresponding regulations which go into effect next month. Those looking to learn more about the topic can access our recent...more

Saint Paul Becomes the Second City in Minnesota to Mandate Paid Sick and Safe Time

On September 7, 2016, Saint Paul became the second city in Minnesota to mandate that employers provide earned sick and safe time for their workers. Under Saint Paul’s ordinance (the “Saint Paul Ordinance”), covered employers...more

Wheels For Wheelchairs: Massachusetts Mandates Accessible Ride-Sharing

Seyfarth Synopsis: Massachusetts recently enacted its first statewide ride-sharing law requiring companies like Uber to provide accessible transportation for individuals with disabilities. On the heels of news that Uber...more

California Legislative Update: It's Now Up To The Governor

The California Legislature completed its substantive legislative work for the year in the very early morning hours of Thursday, September 1, 2016, with the usual frenetic, last-minute flurry of bill-passing, including some...more

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