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Try Not to be so Friendly: Current Issues in Interviews and Advertising

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Many of us like to chat. We like to know what you’re reading, how your kid’s baseball season is going, and what kind of pie you like, but while hostesses love you at a cocktail party, chatting can lead to trouble, especially...more

EEOC Holds Conversation With Society of Human Resource Management Foundation VP Tina Sung

AARP CEO Also Conducts Age Bias Dialogue With EEOC Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that Tina Sung from the Society for Human Resource...more

Hot Off The Press! DFEH’s Annual Report

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing has just issued its Annual Report on civil rights complaints during 2016. Here are some highlights....more

EEOC Wants Employers to “Reboot” Harassment Prevention

Many employers provide some training for their employees on the subject of sexual harassment. Recently, the EEOC has provided its view on employer training. The EEOC’s 16-person task force found that the training spent too...more

Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, “update your job descriptions?” Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, “I feel like that’s tattooed on my brain.” ...more

In a Second Case, Judge Specifies Search Terms for Parties to Use: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Abbott v. Wyoming Cty. Sheriff’s Office, No. 15-CV-531W (W.D.N.Y. May 16, 2017), New York Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott granted the plaintiff’s motion to compel and defendant’s cross-motion in part, ordering the defendant...more

Is Your Company’s Hurricane Plan ready?

by Cozen O'Connor on

With the first tropical storm of the season bearing down on the Gulf Coast, it is a good time to dust off your HR Department’s Hurricane Plan and make sure it is up to date. If you don’t have one, it is an even better time to...more

The EEOC Is Taking a Close Look at the Challenges Facing the ADEA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is paying close attention to the issue of age discrimination and to the many challenges facing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) 50 years after its enactment....more

Summary Of Current Federal And State Pay Equity Laws

by Payne & Fears on

Please see full chart summarizing and comparing State and Federal Pay Equity Laws below for more information....more

Failure To Accommodate Sincere Religious Beliefs Can Be A Costly Mistake For Employers

Last week, in the case of EEOC v. Consul Energy, Inc., the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $586,860 judgment for a coal miner who claimed that his employer (Consul Energy) failed to accommodate his religious beliefs and...more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Your Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Are racial issues, religious differences, and gender norms creating tension in your workplace? Are the caustic exchanges so evident in news coverage today starting to crop up in the office? Are employees complaining of...more

Delaware Enacts Law to Address Gender Pay Gap By Prohibiting Employers From Requesting Compensation History of Job Applicants

by Littler on

On June 14, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new law to address the pay gap between men and women by prohibiting prospective employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. Delaware’s law, which...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Wage Theft and Other Employment Issues

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to debate legislation this session with substantial implications for employers in the Commonwealth. Bills aimed at preventing wage theft by employers, establishing a paid family and medical...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the EEOC held a public meeting at which experts advised that age discrimination and bias against older workers...more

Avoiding State Law Pitfalls (Part 1 of 4)

by Bryan Cave on

This is the first hypothetical in our series showing how well-intentioned employers can violate unfamiliar state laws. Navigating the treacherous waters of federal employment law is not easy. ...more

EEOC increases pregnancy discrimination enforcement

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is making pregnancy discrimination a priority. Since 2017 started, the commission has settled four lawsuits, totaling more than $400,000 in plaintiff relief. It’s become one of...more

Running a 21st Century Railroad with 20th Century Job Skills: How to Accommodate Disabilities?

by Murtha Cullina on

On March 7, 2011, Peter Joyce, Jr. (“Joyce”) filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), claiming that Respondent CSX Transportation (“CSX”): (1) denied him a reasonable accommodation...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms "Mark of the Beast" Religious Discrimination Verdict

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) affirmed a $600,000 jury verdict in favor of a West Virginia coal miner who refused to use a new biometric hand scanner installed by his...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2017 Regular Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2017 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded on June 7, 2017 without passing a budget. As such, the General Assembly will eventually have to convene a “special session”. In the meantime, our...more

SCC upholds employer's "no free accident" alcohol and drug policy: Stewart v Elk Valley

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On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corp. (2017 SCC 30). This is a landmark decision, reinforcing the right of employers to take proactive risk mitigation and...more

New California Regulations Further Limit Employers' Ability to Use Criminal History in Making Employment Decisions

by Nossaman LLP on

Effective July 1, 2017, new regulations from the California Fair Employment and Housing Council will further limit an employer’s ability to consider the criminal history of a job applicant or employee when making employment...more

Shielding Teacher From Unruly Students Not ADA Reasonable Accommodation

Sometimes employers face requests for reasonable accommodation that do not cost much, but which would materially interfere with the employee’s ability to get their work done. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),...more

Employment Law - June 2017 #2

Class Certification Denial Reversed in Wake of Augustus - Why it matters - Applying the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, a California appellate panel reversed a trial...more

The Sharing Economy And Discrimination Concerns: What Can You Do?  

by Fisher Phillips on

Recent studies have reported that race and gender disparities are not uncommon in the sharing economy. For example, it’s been reported that some gig workers were discriminating against customers with names that “sounded...more

Labour and Employment Alert: SCC Finds No Discrimination for Terminating Employee in Alberta Drug Addiction Case

by Field Law on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp. and upheld the Alberta Court of Appeal’s ruling that an employer can terminate an employee for breaching a drug and...more

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