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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

Another San Francisco Treat: Mayor Lee Signs Salary History Ban

by Littler on

On July 19, 2017, Mayor Ed Lee signed an ordinance that will significantly affect the hiring practices of San Francisco employers. When Ordinance No. 170350 becomes operative on July 1, 2018, it will be illegal for employers...more

Minnesota Tightens Restrictions on “Drive-By” Disability Access Lawsuits

On May 23, 2017, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law amendments to the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) that are intended to curb the flood of “drive-by” disability access lawsuits in the state. The law now...more

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

Defense Secretary Delays Start Date For Military’s Allowance of Transgender Recruits

by Bowditch & Dewey on

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military. In 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash...more

San Francisco’s Salary History Ban “Finally Passes” After Two Rounds of Votes

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: San Francisco is likely to be the next jurisdiction to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about wage history. If signed by the Mayor, as expected, the law will go into effect on July 1, 2018...more

Brazil to Enact Expansive Labor Law Reforms

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the Brazilian Senate approved the Labor Reform Bill, which is now before the president for signing. The Labor Reform Bill is one of the current administration's main projects to reignite the economy and make...more

Task Force Finds More Than 150 Antiquated Federal Regulations – And Counting

by Barley Snyder on

A federal task force already has identified more than 150 education regulations that could be changed or repealed – and it’s not done yet. The Department of Education has issued a request for input on regulations the...more

“Ban the Box” and Background Checks – Recent Trends and Movements

Retailers and other employers regularly consider the backgrounds of job applicants and employees when making personnel decisions. It is not illegal for employers to ask questions about an applicant’s criminal history, or to...more

Germany: More Bureaucracy, Less Gender Pay Gap?

by Littler on

Under the new German Remuneration Transparency Act, employers face complex review and reporting obligations. The gender pay gap in Germany for comparable work and equivalent job qualifications is still nearly 7%. In order to...more

Best in Law: What to do to Comply with Transgender Laws - New California Laws Took Effect July 1

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California is continuing to be a leader on emerging civil rights issues. Back in 2004, California enacted laws to protect transgender workers. Transgender issues have become a front-burner topic.   On the national scene,...more

New Connecticut Law Enhances Protections for Pregnant Employees

by Littler on

A new Connecticut law significantly enhances existing anti-discrimination protections for pregnant employees. “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace,” (the “Act”) signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy on July...more

OCR, DOJ Heads Clarify Plans to “Reorient” Approach

by Barley Snyder on

With all of the issues the Trump administration is attending to as the nation’s transition continues, smaller -- but still-important -- issues aren’t getting much attention. But in late June, high-ranking federal officials...more

Endless Summer: California Municipalities Continue to Enact A Variety of Employment Laws

by Littler on

Beyond the labor and employment developments taking place at the state level in California, employers must keep an eye on breaking news at the local level as well. In recent years, municipalities up and down the coast have...more

Missouri enacts new employment law favoring employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On June 30, Governor Eric Greitens signed into law a new bill making notable changes to rights and remedies for claims under Missouri’s discrimination law (“MHRA”) and claims for whistleblower retaliation. The changes more...more

Employers Beware: What Not To Ask During A Job Interview

“What’s your current salary?” This seemingly innocuous question will soon get an employer in deep water in Massachusetts, Philadelphia and New York City, which have all enacted laws that prohibit an employer from questioning...more

HUD/Fair Housing After Six Months Of The Trump Administration

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

While I always try to avoid political commentary here at the Fair Housing Defense Blog (as the reader comments can be, shall we say, colorful), I wanted to note a couple of housing related points with the Trump Administration...more

Equal Pay, the Oregon Way

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Even as Oregon’s minimum wage jumps by $1.50 in the Portland metro area (fifty cents elsewhere in Oregon), the 2017 Legislature has passed two more worker-friendly bills dealing with equal pay and predictable work schedules....more

Big Changes in Missouri: A New and Improved Missouri Human Rights Act Becomes Law

by Littler on

On June 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed into law Senate Bill 43, which corrects the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) by bringing it into closer alignment with federal and other states' anti-discrimination...more

Massachusetts Senate Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously voted to pass “An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” (“MPWFA”) in an effort to make sure that pregnant and nursing employees receive the same protections...more

Walking The E-Verify Tightrope: The Balance Between Compliance And Avoiding Discrimination Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

Here’s the skinny: the Trump administration wants to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers. The electronic database that immediately confirms an individual’s eligibility to work in the United States has been promoted as a...more

Missouri Levels The Playing Field For Defending Baseless Discrimination Lawsuits

by Fisher Phillips on

Good news for Missouri employers: the days of our state arguably being considered the most dangerous place in America for baseless discrimination lawsuits are about to end. Governor Eric Greitens late last week signed...more

Mid-Year Roundup: Equal Pay and Related Bills Command Attention in 2017

by Littler on

Consistent with a major theme of the 2016 election cycle, equal pay and similar wage proposals dominated the attention of state legislatures in the first half of 2017. More than 100 such bills were introduced in the recent...more

Missouri Governor Greitens Signs Bill Amending MHRA, Bringing State Law More Into Line With Federal Law

On June 30, 2017, Governor Grietens signed a bill which makes sweeping reforms to the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA). The MHRA is the state of Missouri’s primary anti-discrimination statute. ...more

Florida Enacts Law to Implement Provisions of its Medical Marijuana Amendment, but Significant Questions Remain for Employers

by FordHarrison on

Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill intended to implement provisions of the medical marijuana constitutional amendment that was approved by Florida voters last November (Amendment 2). The new law...more

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