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Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act Goes Into Effect October 1

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Nevada Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act (NPWFA) goes into effect Sunday, October 1, 2017. The NPWFA applies to employers with 15 or more employees and generally expands the scope of protections provided to female employees...more

California Countdown: Which Labor & Employment Bills Will the Governor Sign?

by Littler on

September 15 was the last day in 2017 for bills to pass both houses of the California Legislature and be forwarded to the governor. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has until October 15, 2017 to sign, veto, or otherwise not act upon...more

California Bill May Spur Rewriting Gender Boilerplate

by Allen Matkins on

On the penultimate day of the current session, the California legislature passed SB 179 (Atkins & Wiener). If signed into law by Governor Brown, this bill would enact the California Gender Recognition Act. In general, SB...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: The End is Near!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Governor Jerry Brown has till October 15 to approve bills the Legislature sent to his desk by its Friday, September 15, deadline, including bills that would require employers to ”show us the money” for...more

California Legislative Wrap-Up – Next Stop: Governor’s Desk!

by Fisher Phillips on

The Legislature worked into the wee hours of the morning Saturday as it hit its deadline to pass legislation and send bills to Governor Brown for signature or veto....more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect April 1, 2018

by FordHarrison on

A new Massachusetts law, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, will expand existing legal protections for pregnant employees beginning April 1, 2018. Most notably, employers will be required to provide reasonable accommodations...more

Update: New York City Commission on Human Rights Issues Fact Sheets Regarding the NYC Salary History Ban

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 12, 2017, the New York City Commission on Human Rights released two eagerly-awaited Fact Sheets to aid in the interpretation of the NYC salary history ban, which goes into effect on October 31,...more

Why does the military get to discriminate against the transgender community? Is this even legal?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

This question is the most recent culmination of a long line of military-related issues with the LGBT community that far pre-date the Trump Administration. Historically, the military took the position that transgender people...more

Title IX: Now What?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos delivered her Title IX address last Thursday at George Mason University, many expected the Department of Education was about to revoke the agency’s guidance set forth in the 2011 Dear...more

U.S. Department of Education Signals It Will Revise Title IX Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has advised that the U.S. Department of Education intends to revise its guidance on the application of Title IX to reports of sexual misconduct on college and university campuses. • DeVos...more

Trump Repeals DACA: What You Need To Know

by Butler Snow LLP on

Last week, the Trump administration announced the end of the DACA program. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was an immigration policy program created in 2012 by the Obama administration that allowed certain...more

The Department of Education Seeks Public Input for New Title IX Policy

• The Department of Education (DOE) plans to gather public input—including input from educational institutions—on new Title IX policy, rejecting the prior administration’s issuance of policy by letter. • The DOE has not,...more

Transgender Men and Women and the U.S. Military

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Assuming that our readers read, watch, or listen to the news, then you already know what is happening. But in case you do not: the Trump administration issued a Presidential Memorandum that forbids transgender individuals...more

The End is Near! – Follow These Labor and Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Wraps Up

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s a time of high-drama in Sacramento. With less than two weeks to go in the legislative year, many of the hot-button labor and employment bills we have been tracking all year await final action. Many bills are...more

WPI State of the States: Labor Day Edition

by Littler on

The holiday weekend marked the end of summer fun, but state legislatures across the country remained hard at work in August. Roughly nine statehouses are in active session. In other jurisdictions, such as Florida and Ohio,...more

Illinois Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Prohibit Employer Inquiry Into Wage History

On August 25, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would prohibit employers from asking applicants about their wage histories. The bill, known as the Illinois No Salary History Law, previously had been...more

White House Blocks Revised EEO-1 Report - Employers’ Pay Data Reporting Halted – For Now

by Fisher Phillips on

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced late Tuesday that it was implementing an immediate stay of the revised EEO-1 Report, putting a halt to long-awaited pay data reporting requirements. The stay creates much...more

CSDE Provides Guidance, FAQs on Civil Rights Protections and Supports for Transgender Students

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In light of the Trump administration’s rescission of 2016 federal guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education concerning school district obligations to transgender and gender nonconforming students, on...more

New EEO-1 Form Put On Hold: Employers Have Until March 31, 2018 To Submit Prior Version Of EEO-1 Form

Key Points: The OMB has stayed the implementation of the new EEO-1 Form, which added compensation and hours worked components to the annual EEO-1 submission.....more

Transgender Rights – Where Does Pennsylvania Fit In?

by Fisher Phillips on

With the recent buzz about President Donald Trump’s removal of federal protections for transgender students that were implemented under the Obama Administration, the states and school systems have been left to determine if...more

Trump Administration Signals Delay in Merger of EEOC and OFCCP

As we previously reported, President Trump, as part of his Fiscal Year 2018 Budget request, proposed a merger of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Where Have All the Women Gone?

by Atma Global on

Just over a year ago, the heads of government in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile – three of Latin America’s most dynamic regional powers – were female. Today, Chile remains the only country whose presidency is held by a woman –...more

Washington’s New Healthy Starts Act Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Pregnant Workers Absent the Showing...

by Littler on

Washington’s legislature recently passed a new Healthy Starts Act (the “Act”), which places significant obligations on Washington employers with respect to pregnant employees. These new obligations are not otherwise required...more

Bay Area Local Law Update: Emeryville’s “Fair Workweek Ordinance”; San Francisco Bans Salary History Inquiries; And Additional...

Over the past few years, one of the biggest trends in employment law has been the proliferation of local ordinances imposing workplace standards beyond those mandated by state and federal laws. While many state governments...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 8/28-9/11

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

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