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Missouri enacts new employment law favoring employers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On June 30, Governor Eric Greitens signed into law a new bill making notable changes to rights and remedies for claims under Missouri’s discrimination law (“MHRA”) and claims for whistleblower retaliation. The changes more...more

Missouri Levels The Playing Field For Defending Baseless Discrimination Lawsuits

by Fisher Phillips on

Good news for Missouri employers: the days of our state arguably being considered the most dangerous place in America for baseless discrimination lawsuits are about to end. Governor Eric Greitens late last week signed...more

The Baton Passes Back to the East Coast: Prior Salary Ban Passed in Delaware and Philadelphia Law Suit Challenging Prior Salary...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: There have been two big updates on the prior salary front. First, Delaware joins the growing number of states and local jurisdictions with its enactment of a law preventing employers from requesting salary...more

The City of Philadelphia Has Agreed To Stay The Enforcement of The Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance Pending Resolution of Court...

by Littler on

The City of Philadelphia has agreed to stay the enforcement of the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance, which was to take effect on May 23, 2017, and be codified in the Philadelphia Code at Sections 9-1103((1)(i) and 9-1131. ...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Assembly Member Proposes Bill to Limit Abuse of Service Animal Accommodations - As dogs have transitioned from children's backyard playmates to must-have accessories while their owners are shopping or dining,...more

Employer Recovery of Fees and Costs in Discrimination Cases – Is There a Trend Starting?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Ohio just passed a new law that could begin a trend favorable to employers. The new law allows Ohio’s Civil Rights Commission, in its discretion, to award attorneys’ fees and costs to employers who are found not to have...more

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Would Mandate Sanctions for Frivolous Claims

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 ("LARA") by a vote of 230–180. 163 Cong. Rec. H2025-03, H2025. The bill seeks to undo the 1993 amendments to Rule 11 of the...more

The Curious Evolution of the Executive Order

by Butler Snow LLP on

On January 27, 2017, barely a week into office, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13769 for the stated purpose of “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Both vigorously...more

UPDATE: Trump's Immigration Executive Order, Refused by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

by Roetzel & Andress on

Late yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order (Order) which suspended the entry of aliens from seven countries into the United States for 90 days....more

Having Election News Withdrawal?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Supreme Court Decides Case on Protected Political Activity in Public Employment - Some of us may have had enough of all things election by now. But the United States Supreme Court decided a case last April that...more

What Relief Does New Disability Access Legislation Provide for Businesses?

In recent years, in response to complaints from both large and small business owners, the California Legislature enacted a variety of measures to rein in lawsuits by individuals with disabilities under California’s Unruh...more

Colorado Expands Anti-Discrimination Act With Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On June 1, 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law Colorado’s Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The act, which becomes effective on August 10, 2016, amends the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA) and...more

President Barack Obama Signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act

by Barley Snyder on

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) 2016. The DTSA provides a federal right of action for the misappropriation of trade secrets. Unlike previous actions, whereby an entity could...more

Reminder for NYC Employers: Ban on ‘Caregiver’ Discrimination Has Taken Effect

by Reed Smith on

On May 4, a New York City law barring discrimination against “caregivers” took effect. Specifically, the law prohibits employers from taking an adverse action (e.g., refusing to hire, firing, or demoting), or otherwise...more

Governor Christie Conditionally Vetoes New Jersey’s Equal Pay Legislation

On May 2, 2016, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed Bill S992, New Jersey’s equal pay bill. As discussed in our previous blog post, the bill passed in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature on March 14, 2016....more

New Jersey Legislative Update, Part II: What’s in the Works for New Jersey Employers?

A Higher Minimum Wage in Certain Counties - On March 14, 2016, a bill (A3471) was introduced that would require all employers in Essex, Hudson, Camden, Mercer, and Middlesex counties to pay their employees at least...more

New NC LGBT Legislation Eliminates All State Law Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

On March 23 following a one-day special session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed, and Governor McCrory signed HB 2, a bill that will have widespread effects on legal protections for employees in North Carolina. The...more

A Quick Look at Merrick Garland's Labor and Employment Record

On March 15, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States created...more

The New York City Commission on Human Rights Doubles Penalties Collected in 2015

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (“NYCCHR”) recently announced that it collected $1.4 million in penalties in 2015, which is double the amount collected in 2014. Carmelyn P. Malalis joined the NYCCHR in February...more

"California Fair Pay Act" Becomes Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The new law expands the equal pay requirement for men and women to "substantially similar work" regardless of location, modifies employers’ business justification defense, and increases employers’ recordkeeping obligations to...more

U.S. Army Loses Battle to Regulate Bathroom Selection of Transgender (Civilian) Employee

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 1, 2015, the EEOC ordered the Army to pay damages for discriminating against a transgender employee when it prevented her from using the common women’s bathroom and routinely demeaned her by calling her “sir” and...more

Trial by Jury: Why It Matters in a Democratic Society

In the United States, there is only one time (apart from military draft in wartime) when our government can demand that we go somewhere and do something at a specific time and place. That is when we are called to jury duty....more

Wisconsin Voter ID: Plaintiffs' Emergency Application to Justice Kagan Lacks a Key Element

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The plaintiffs in Wisconsin’s Voter ID case yesterday filed an emergency application with Justice Kagan, the Circuit Justice assigned to the Seventh Circuit, seeking an order vacating the Seventh Circuit’s September 12 stay...more

Real-Life Political Drama Provides More Questions Than Answers: BB&K's Parissh Knox Examines the Issues Raised in the Palmdale...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Palmdale, a suburb nestled in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles, is among a growing number of cities, community college districts, school districts and other agencies in California that are under tremendous pressure to...more

California Legislature Deliberating Changes to Remedies in Mixed Motive Cases

This past February, the California Supreme Court addressed the viability of a mixed-motive defense to employment discrimination claims brought under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) in the Harris v. City of Santa...more

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