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Employers Should Be Aware of Pitfalls When Entering into Severance Agreements

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Severance agreements in the workplace have evolved considerably during the last twenty-five years. The idea of severance being paid to an employee only where a company has an established severance plan is no longer a reality....more

Good Faith Belief in Employee’s Wrongdoing Serves as Defense Against Retaliation Claim

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling may offer employers in North and South Carolina another defense against an employee’s retaliation claim: No liability for adverse action against an employee based on the...more

Client Alert: Eleventh Circuit Declines to Reconsider Sexual Orientation Discrimination Decision; Plaintiff Will Appeal to U.S....

In April, we reported that a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit held that sexual orientation discrimination is not prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, et....more

Refusal To Hire Medical Pot Users Just Got Riskier–At Least In Rhode Island

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 23, 2017, in Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Co., a Rhode Island Superior Court issued a unique decision regarding employer obligations to medical marijuana users....more

DOJ Puts Website Accessibility Regulations on Inactive List

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers and other businesses that have been waiting for the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to promulgate regulations concerning website accessibility under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) will...more

D.C. Circuit Finds That Absent Class Members May Intervene On Appeal To Pursue Rule 23(f) Petition Abandoned By Class...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Harrington v. Sessions, No. 15-8009, No. 16-5285 & No. 16-5286 (D.C. Cir. July 21, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that absent class members may intervene in an appellate...more

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act: 5 Facts You Need to Know

California’s Equal Restroom Access Act, which requires some establishments with single-occupancy restrooms to display signs indicating that the restroom is gender-neutral, has been in effect since March 1, 2017. Assembly Bill...more

Pennsylvania Office of Public Records Will Pay $60,000 to Resolve EEOC Age Suit

State Agency Refused to Hire Attorney Based on Age, Federal Agency Charged - HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Office of Public Records will pay $60,000 and costs to settle a federal age discrimination...more

New California Transgender Regulations: Employer Do's & Don'ts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

California continues to forge a trail for gender identity protections in the United States. On July 1, 2017, the Fair Employment and Housing Council enacted new regulations addressing transgender issues that broaden the scope...more

Expecting A Big Change: Nevada’s New Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

by Fisher Phillips on

The state legislature recently enacted the Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (NPWFA) to expand the scope of protection for employees and applicants. The NPWFA is based on the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA),...more

Get To Know New Nursing Mothers’ Law For Nevada Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

Although the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) already protects nursing mothers from employment discrimination and retaliation while requiring employers to provide them with reasonable break time and a private space to...more

Nevada Follows Trend By Passing Strict New Wage Disclosure Law

by Fisher Phillips on

Many legitimate reasons exist to explain differences in compensation within a company, such as job qualifications and prior experience. Although employers may wish to maintain the privacy of this information, they could face...more

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations Votes to Defund Revised Form EEO-1 Requiring Disclosure of Pay Data

On July 13, 2017, the House Committee on Appropriations signaled what could be a devastating blow to the future of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) revised Form EEO-1. As you may recall, in February...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Let Them Eat Cake!

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The competing interests of an individual’s First Amendment right to religious freedom and an individual’s right to be free from discrimination will be addressed by the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) in the...more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Finds Medical Marijuana Users Protected from Adverse Employment Action

Beginning when the first states legalized use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, employers began speculating whether legislatures and courts in those states would continue to permit employers to exclude...more

Employment Law Letter - Summer 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

How often does the Supreme Court of the United States decide a case that specifically affects a Connecticut employee? And how often are its decisions unanimous? Both occurred recently when the high court reviewed a dispute...more

Major Companies Call for Second Circuit to Declare Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation Unlawful under Title VII

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On May 25, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to rehear the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. to determine whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual...more

Oregon Expands Pay Equity Protections

Oregon recently enacted the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 (H.B. 2005) (the “Act”). The Act broadly expands Oregon’s existing equal pay protections and imposes new restrictions on Oregon employers’ use of salary histories in...more

Employment Law - July 2017

California Supreme Court Reverses PAGA Discovery Ruling - Why it matters - On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court in Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls) issued its first opinion addressing the scope of...more

Meat Market San Juan Agrees to Conciliate EEOC Age Discrimination Investigation

SAN JUAN, P.R. - Meat Market San Juan, LLC, a steakhouse in San Juan, P.R., has agreed to pay a monetary amount to unsuccessful job applicants and to maintain a workplace free of discrimination to resolve an age...more

Massachusetts Top Court Permits Disability Discrimination Claim for Medicinal Cannabis

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently held in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC that employees have a viable claim for disability discrimination under state law if they suffer an adverse employment...more

A Ban on Ban-the-Box Laws? Texas and Indiana Introduce Legislation That Would Prohibit Municipal and County Ban-the-Box Laws...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In recent years, numerous cities and counties have enacted ordinances restricting the ability of public and private employers to inquire into the criminal histories of applicants during various stages of...more

Updated Guidance for Teaching English Learners in Pennsylvania

by Barley Snyder on

New state guidance released this month more clearly fleshes out a school’s responsibility toward its English learners and the rights those students have. The new guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education...more

Ninth Circuit Relies on Escobar to Revive False Claims Act Suit Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower suit in United States ex rel. Campie v. Gilead Sciences, explaining that...more

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