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2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: It’s Finally Over! (For Now…)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New statutory obligations for California employers in 2018 will include prohibitions on inquiries into applicants’ salary and conviction histories, expanding CFRA to employees of smaller employers,...more

EEOC Filed More than 80 Lawsuits this Summer – Why Employers Should Pay Attention

by Baker Donelson on

Indeed, the EEOC filed far more than 80 lawsuits during July, August, and September 2017 – the last quarter of its fiscal year. Approximately 50 percent of those lawsuits targeted employers for alleged individual and, more...more

ACA’s Nondiscrimination Taglines and Notices Require Updating Your Notice of Privacy Practices

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

There has been confusion as to whether the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision (“ACA”) affects a covered entity’s notice of privacy practices (“NPP”) or data breach notifications. OCR has issued guidance...more

California “Bans the Box”: Pre-Offer Criminal Inquiries Generally Outlawed in the State

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 a “Ban the Box” law that significantly restricts an employer’s ability to seek or obtain information about a job applicant’s criminal history. ...more

Federal Court Declines to Overturn $780,000 Jury Verdict in Favor of Employer’s Argument that Application for SSDI Trumps the ADA

by Baker Donelson on

In Van Rossum v. Baltimore County, Maryland, a jury awarded a community health inspector $250,000 in compensatory damages and $530,000 in back pay after deciding that her employer, Baltimore County, violated the ADA by...more

Accommodations Beyond ADA Requirements Can Backfire on Employers

The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require employers to always allow disabled people to return to the job. In order to claim protection under the law, the disabled employee must show that he or she can perform the...more

California Enacts Statewide Law Restricting Inquiries into Applicants’ Salary History

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a statewide salary history inquiry law that will largely restrict employers in the state from seeking and relying upon salary history information from applicants during the...more

OFCCP Issues Compliance Relief to Federal Contractors in Wake of Devastating Hurricanes

In the wake of the devastating series of hurricanes throughout the United States, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has provided compliance exemptions to federal contractors providing hurricane...more

California Bans Salary History Inquiries

California has joined a growing list of jurisdictions, including New York City, Massachusetts, Delaware and Oregon, among others, banning salary history inquiries from job applicants. Governor Brown signed the law into effect...more

California Just Banned the Box!

by Fisher Phillips on

On October 14, Governor Brown signed AB 1008 to prohibit most public and private employers with five or more employees from asking applicants about criminal conviction histories until after a conditional offer of employment...more

New California Law Prohibits Inquiries Regarding Applicants’ Salary History

• New California law prohibits employers from seeking or relying on applicants’ salary history information when making hiring and compensation decisions. • The law also requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a...more

New California Law Prohibits Salary History Inquiries

by Littler on

On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law a state-wide ban on employer inquiries into an individual’s salary history. The new law (AB 168) will apply to all employers, including state and local...more

When Is Enough, Enough? Limiting Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: How long does an employer have to accommodate an employee’s disability in the form of a leave of absence? A: The law in most jurisdictions is unclear. In fact, in most jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey,...more

California Passes State-Wide Ban-the-Box Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Legislature has just created yet another protected class of individuals entitled to sue employers under the Fair Employment and Housing Act....more

5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law...more

New California Law Bans Salary History Questions

by Stinson Leonard Street on

California employers are now prohibited from asking applicants about their salary history information, including compensation and benefits. Under the new law Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Thursday, October 12, 2017, called...more

California Enacts Statewide Law Restricting Inquiries into Applicants’ Salary History

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a statewide salary history inquiry law that will largely restrict employers in the state from seeking and relying upon salary history information from applicants during the...more

Pay Equity Update: California Jumps on Pay History Bandwagon

by Lane Powell PC on

Earlier this month, we discussed Oregon’s new pay history ban, which became effective on October 6. On October 12, California enacted its own pay history ban, which prohibits all California employers from directly or...more

UK Gender Pay Gap Reporting: The Story So Far

by Morgan Lewis on

In the United Kingdom, gender diversity and equal pay have been hitting the headlines. Halfway through the UK's first gender pay reporting year and with less than six months to go until the deadline for publication of...more

Federal Court Strikes DOJ's Risk Adjustment False Claims Act Case - For Now

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 5, a federal district court in California dealt a significant setback to the government’s efforts to extend False Claims Act (FCA) liability to Medicare risk adjustment submissions....more

California Employers Prohibited from Seeking Applicant Salary Information

by Payne & Fears on

Assembly Bill 168 amends the California Equal Pay Act to prohibit an employer from relying on the salary history information of an applicant for employment as a factor in determining whether to make an offer or what salary to...more

Time Is Not On Your Side: Severson V. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc. And The Limits Of Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA

Although less rare than the recent solar eclipse, common-sense results can be elusive when dealing with workplace discrimination lawsuits. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, however, recently...more

Ongoing Debate Over Scope Of Workplace Bias Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an agency memorandum stating that the language contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “does not prohibit discrimination based...more

Employment Law This Week®: DOJ’s New Stance on Title VII, ACA Contraception Mandate, SCOTUS Hears Class-Action Waiver Arguments,...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

NYC Issues Additional Guidance On Upcoming Salary Inquiry Prohibitions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective October 31, 2017, New York City employers generally may not inquire about or rely upon a job applicant’s salary history in making employment decisions. The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR)...more

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