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Legislative Update: Pregnancy Discrimination Protections Under State Law Changing?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Connecticut House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure that would greatly expand the already broad anti-discrimination provision that exist under Connecticut law. The bill, House Bill...more

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

House Hearing Examines EEOC's Regulatory and Enforcement Policies

by Littler on

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing to discuss the direction of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The witnesses and lawmakers raised several topics...more

Picking a Fight: How California Makes Employment Law Peculiar

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Our mission here at Cal-Pecs is to illuminate how California employment law differs from the law that employers generally experience throughout America. In this back-to-basics piece, we provide some...more

New Puerto Rico Labor Department Religious Accommodation Regulations Effective May 25

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Employment Law Reform enacted earlier this year in Puerto Rico introduced a local requirement to accommodate an employee’s observance of religious practices or beliefs. The law directed the Secretary of the Puerto Rico...more

Update to NYC Salary History Inquiry Ban

In our prior post, we reported that the New York City Council had approved an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) prohibiting New York City employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary...more

The EEOC Shoots At A Fish In The Proverbial Staffing Firm Barrel

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a case filed May 8 in federal court in New Jersey, the EEOC sued an IT staffing firm for age discrimination on behalf of a candidate seeking placement into an position with one of the firm’s clients....more

6 of One, Half a Dozen of the Other: 10th Circuit Rules Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment Harassment Theories Aren’t So...

Quid pro quo and hostile environment sex harassment claims—two totally different claims—right? Or are they? While employers draw strict distinctions between these types of sex harassment, courts may not go along, as...more

Anti-Muslim Rhetoric in the Workplace: An Employer’s Guide to Risks & Prevention

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Anti-Muslim rhetoric dominates many media headlines. A May 9, 2017 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit highlights the risks to an employer when anti-Muslim rhetoric enters the...more

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

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a California Department of Transportation worker with severe allergies to scents and household chemicals won a $3.3 million jury verdict in a disability harassment lawsuit. The employee claimed that his...more

EEOC Announces Featured Speakers at Annual Excel Conference on Employment Discrimination Law

AARP CEO to Deliver Keynote Speech on Persistent Problem of Age Bias - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that several nationally known authorities on equal employment...more

Medical Residents and Title IX - What Teaching Hospitals Need to Know

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Last month, Baker Donelson reported the surprise ruling out of the Third Circuit in Jane Doe v. Mercy Medical Center in which the court held that the discrimination and harassment prohibitions of Title IX apply to a private...more

CFTC Revises Whistleblower Rule to Enhance Anti-Retaliation Protection

The CFTC has adopted final amendments to its whistleblower rules that will, among other things, strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims....more

New York City Law Increasing Protections for Freelance Workers Takes Effect

In a previous post we discussed the significant new obligations New York City’s “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” imposes on employers that retain the services of freelance independent contractors. On May 15, these requirements...more

Three Things Health Care Employers Should Know About Affordable Care Act Section 1557

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Health care providers are likely familiar with the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) prohibitions on discriminating against the recipients of their services, but providers also must be mindful that the ACA may also make them...more

Employment Law - May 2017 #2

One Day of Rest Mandated by California Supreme Court - Why it matters - Resolving a contentious issue of California law, the state’s highest court ruled that one day of rest is guaranteed for each defined workweek,...more

Employment Law This Week®: California’s “Day of Rest” Provisions, Title VII Claim Revived, Joint-Employer Ruling, New Georgia... [Video]

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

Compensation-Related Information from Prospective Employees – Don’t Ask, Can Tell

by Dechert LLP on

New York City’s mayor signed legislation captioned, “Prohibiting Employers From Inquiring About a Prospective Employee’s Salary History” (Int. No. 1253-A) (the “NYC Salary Law”) on May 4, 2017. The NYC Salary Law amends the...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

Who’s Protected Where? State and Local Laws Expand Protections Against Discrimination

by Zelle LLP on

Prohibitions against discrimination in employment based on race, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability are generally familiar to business owners, HR professionals, and in-house counsel. Because these...more

The “Knife’s Edge”: Second Circuit Dulls the Standard of Proof Needed for a Hostile Work Environment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Second Circuit recently reversed a district court’s dismissal of a hostile work environment claim brought by a Muslim plaintiff. In-house counsel and human resources executives should take heed of this decision, which...more

Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make in Employment Applications

Employment applications—almost every employer in the country uses them. They can seem innocuous, but they contain a number of minefields of which employers should be aware....more

Seventh Circuit Blazes Truck Driver’s Failure to Hire Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit affirmed a summary judgment decision in favor of the employer on the plaintiff’s race discrimination and civil conspiracy claims where the employer did not hire the plaintiff after the plaintiff...more

EEOC Pulls the Hood Off of Employer’s Attempt to Retaliate against Its Employee

Can an employer force an employee to agree that his complaints have been adequately addressed? On April 26, the EEOC announced that Downhole Technology LLC will pay a former employee $120,000 and provide other relief after it...more

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