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First Impressions of the President's Proposed FY18 Budget for Labor and Employment Agencies

On May 23, 2017, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget proposal—a more detailed and developed version (it’s nearly 1300 pages long) of the so-called “skinny” budget that was released in March of 2017....more

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down N.C. Congressional Redistricting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken the extraordinary step of finding that two of North Carolina's congressional districts violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment because they impermissibly utilized race as the...more

Hiding Behind Faith

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A reasonable amount of uncertainty, speculation, and even fear is expected with any change. Recently, we have seen a change among states and laws governing child welfare agencies and same-sex adoption....more

Puerto Rico Employers Brace for New Right to Religious Freedom Accommodation Requests

by Littler on

Earlier this year, the Governor of Puerto Rico signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act”). While the Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, it also...more

The Suspense is Killing Me! What Big Labor Bills Will Make it Off the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

In the California Legislature, bills first are referred to the appropriate policy committee for hearing. Labor bills are referred to the Labor Committee, crime bills are referred to the Public Safety Committee, health bills...more

Trump’s Religious Freedom EO May Set Stage for Future Expansion of Religious Exercise in the Workplace

On May 4, 2017, the President signed the Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Liberty (the “EO”). The EO’s stated policy is to “vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.” An early version...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 5/15-5/19

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

General Election countdown: Let’s get ready to rumble

by Dentons on

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the parties are getting ready to pack a punch. It seems that workers’ rights are high on the political agenda and likely to feature in all the main manifestos, official...more

NYC Says Put It in Writing for Freelancers, Stop Asking Job Candidates their Prior Salaries - The Freelance Isn’t Free Act...

Beginning May 15, 2017, independent contractors in New York City will be provided with heightened protections under the law, and those engaging independent contractors will, in most instances, be legally required to do so...more

What Employers Need to Know about Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty last week to commemorate the National Day of Prayer. Like many before it, the exact contents of this order were hotly anticipated, fueled by White House leaks and...more

The Missouri Human Rights Act - The Playing Field Has Been Leveled

The Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) is the state of Missouri’s primary anti-discrimination statute. The MHRA codifies for the state many of the federal anti-discrimination provisions found in the Americans with Disabilities...more

One Step Remains in Correcting the Missouri Human Rights Act

by Littler on

On May 9, 2017, the Missouri Legislature passed a significant amendment to the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA), which would bring the Act into closer alignment with federal and other states' anti-discrimination statutes. All...more

Justice Gorsuch Likely To Have Significant Impact on Labor and Employment Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the Supreme Court in April, and the apparent re-emergence of a 5-4 split, we expect to see the Court issue more expansive opinions and be less reticent to grant...more

Money Isn’t Everything: NYC Bars Employer Inquiry Into Salary Histories

On May 4, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new law enacted by the City Council that restricts New York City employers from inquiring about or relying on a prospective employee’s salary history. Under the law, employers...more

House Financial Services Committee passes Financial Choice Act containing CFPB overhaul, significant changes to rulemaking...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last Thursday, by a party-line vote of 34-26, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10) proposed by Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling....more

Full Second Circuit Asked to Revisit Prior Precedent that Title VII Does Not Protect Sexual Orientation

by FordHarrison on

On April 3, 2017, in Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, Inc., the Second Circuit held that it was bound by prior precedent in ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit sexual orientation...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 5/8-5/12

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Mayor Signs Into Law New York City Bill Restricting Employer Inquiries Into Applicants’ Salary History

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law a bill that will make it unlawful for private employers to inquire into or rely upon job applicants’ wage history during the hiring process, with limited exception. The...more

Mayor de Blasio Signs NYC Ban on Salary Inquiries

by Jones Day on

May 2017 On May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law that will prohibit New York City employers from inquiring about the salary and benefits histories of job applicants. The law, which the New York City...more

May the 4th Be With You: Philadelphia’s Wage Equity Saga Continues

by Fisher Phillips on

It is only fitting that, on this day, May the 4th, which has become known colloquially as Star Wars Day, we bring you this update on Philadelphia’s Wage Equity Ordinance saga which could send significant ripples throughout...more

West Virginia Employers Soon to Enjoy Greater Flexibility in Drug Testing Employees, Despite Enactment of Nation’s 29th Medical...

by Littler on

The West Virginia Legislature recently passed two bills – the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act and the West Virginia Safer Workplace Act – that dramatically change the landscape of West Virginia’s laws on medical marijuana...more

100-Day Recap: Workplace Law Under President Trump, So Far

by Fisher Phillips on

New presidents are often judged based on their accomplishments in their first 100 days in office. President Trump is no exception to that rule. The Trump administration recently passed that milestone date, offering an...more

An Industry In Transition: Gender Identity Issues Impacting Healthcare

by Fisher Phillips on

Employment law has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to emerging societal issues. Like little microcosms, the workplace reflects society as a whole. The healthcare industry is no exception. All people, regardless...more

WPI State of the States — Legislative Proposals Are Taking Root

by Littler on

As April showers turn into May flowers, measures proposed earlier this year in the state legislatures begin to take root. Significantly fewer generally applicable labor and employment bills were introduced in April, around 60...more

Hot List - What's Happening in the California Legislature 5/1-5/5

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

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