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Is Calling Your Boss “a Nasty Mother******” Protected Activity?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

My colleague Gary Starr returns today with a decision from the Second Circuit (which covers Connecticut) that may just surprise you. Then again, if you’ve been following this line of reasoning, perhaps not....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the EEOC announced that The American Dental Association has agreed to pay $1.95 million to settle retaliation claims. The Association’s former legal counsel and director of human resources alleged that they were...more

Employment Law - April 2017

Eleventh Circuit: Title VII Doesn’t Prohibit Sexual Orientation Discrimination - Why it matters - In a decision that is already being cited in other courts around the country, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, which highlights the gender pay gap. It marks how far into the new year women must work to earn what men made in the previous year. In other developments focused on pay practices, the U.S....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017

by Zelle LLP on

There was a lot of discrimination law action last week, including the announcement of a $12 million settlement to be paid by Texas Roadhouse. The EEOC brought an age discrimination suit against the Louisville, Kentucky-based...more

ALJ Rules that OFCCP Exceeded its Authority in Demanding Certain Employee Compensation Data from Google

by FordHarrison on

In January, the OFCCP filed an administrative complaint against Google for denying access to records in violation of applicable federal affirmative action laws and implementing regulations. The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)...more

The Pros and Cons of Social Media in Job Screenings

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

It is not surprising that a recent survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management revealed that a growing number of employers are using social media both to hire and to disqualify job candidates. Social media...more

It’s Audit Season: Have You Audited Your Website’s Accessibility?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Audit season is in full swing. Businesses now are working with auditors on their tax and other audits to ensure compliance with various financial regulations. But there is one audit that many businesses have yet to undertake...more

What’s in a Name?: Bias in the Workplace

by FordHarrison on

As Shakespeare wrote, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But there is in fact much to a name – a name can convey a sense of identity, culture, and family history. But a series of viral tweets...more

Employment Law - January 2017 #3

President Taps New Heads for Federal Employment Agencies - Why it matters - President Donald J. Trump appointed new leaders for the federal employment agencies during his busy first few days in office, tapping...more

Twins for Clooneys! How to manage pregnant employees who aren’t gazillionaire celebs

by FordHarrison on

A-list celebrity George Clooney, long considered Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, surprised the world when he married international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin back in 2014 after decades of assuring journalists,...more

Facebook Unfriends Policy Allowing for Exclusion of Certain Racial and Ethnic Groups in Housing, Credit, and Employment...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The social network giant, Facebook—amid criticism and a push from public figures and congressional leaders—announced that the site would no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups in the areas of...more

Executive and Judiciary Showdown over the Whistleblower Protection Act

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The new administration’s recent decree that certain federal agencies refrain from communications with the media sets up a showdown between the executive and judicial branches of government. ...more

OFCCP Sues Google, Seeking Pay Data

On January 4, 2017, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) sued Google, claiming that the tech giant is illegally withholding information about the compensation it provides its employees.  OFCCP seeks...more

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Websites and mobile apps (collectively “website(s)”) are a common tool used by businesses of all varieties and sizes to reach current and potential customers. They have revolutionized the manner in which businesses advertise...more

Police Arrest Videos Not Considered Confidential

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court recently denied considering an appellate court ruling from a case in Eureka that police arrest videos cannot be considered confidential officer personnel records and therefore kept from public...more

NLRB Says Social Media Policy Cannot Prohibit Employees from Posting Pictures of Company Uniforms

At least for now, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues its assault on employer social media policies. In a recent Board decision, G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc., the majority declared a variety of policies...more

Mila Kunis’ open letter on gender bias at work

by FordHarrison on

Many people know actor Mila Kunis for her role in the TV series “That ’70s Show” and her film roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the drama Black Swan. Kunis has recently been in the headlines for her open letter on sexism...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime, which would have extended overtime eligibility to approximately 4 million...more

Addressing Post-Election Tensions in the Workplace

by Littler on

As the extreme rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign slowly wanes, the divisions it exposed remain raw. Many Americans celebrate the election of President-elect Trump, while many others continue to express concern about...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Employment law commentators spent much of last week speculating about the impact of a Trump administration on workplace laws and regulations. HR Dive summarized the results of state minimum wage and marijuana initiatives and...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a Pennsylvania federal court held that Title VII protects lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees from sex discrimination. As we noted in last Thursday’s post, courts around the country have differing views about...more

Employers haunted by Halloween

by FordHarrison on

Happy Halloween! We hope you are getting only treats today and no tricks. But in keeping with the holiday spirit, today’s post highlights some unintended tricks employers may face from Halloween. ...more

California Employment Law Notes - October 2016

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Minimum Wage Increases - As of January 1, 2017, businesses with 26 or more employees must pay a minimum wage of $10.50 per hour; the rate increases to $15.00 per hour in 2022....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: October 2016 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the EEOC held a public meeting on the growing use of big data and predictive analytics in employment decision-making. A panel of industrial psychologists, attorneys, and labor economists told the EEOC that the use...more

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