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DOJ Civil Rights Division Intensifies Efforts to Investigate Discrimination Against US Workers

by WilmerHale on

On October 11, 2017, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs announced a partnership aimed at protecting US...more

New California Law Mandates Small Businesses Provide Parental Leave

On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed the New Parent Leave Act into law, extending unpaid leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement to employees of...more

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

California Employers Face Significant New Requirements - Banning The Box And Prohibiting Pay History Inquiries Among New State...

by Fisher Phillips on

California employers will soon need to adjust themselves to a new reality once again as a number of new workplace restrictions have been passed by the state legislature and just signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. State...more

Pharmacy Chain Not Required To Reasonably Accommodate Needle-Phobic Pharmacist

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Trypanophobia—the fear of needles—played a significant role in a case brought against Rite Aid Pharmacy under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Stevens v. Rite Aid Corp., the Second Circuit overturned a jury...more

Sixth Circuit Court Agrees with Home Healthcare Employer’s Termination of Nurse

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In this case a home-care nurse complained about the quality of care her patient received from the patient’s family members. Subsequent review and inspections by the company found some “serious problems”...more

California Statewide Ban-the-Box Law Signed By Governor

by Littler on

On October 14, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008, which will add a section to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) containing new state-wide restrictions on an employer’s ability to make...more

Second Circuit Enforces Arbitration Agreement In Favor Or Non-Party Whose Agent Entered Into That Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has affirmed an order compelling a plaintiff-employee to arbitrate his employment related claims against Carnival Cruise Lines, despite the fact that the one page employment agreement that he signed did not...more

Trump Administration Proposes Delay to the New Disability Claims and Appeals Regulations

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Under the Obama Administration, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued final regulations imposing new requirements on employers regarding their handling of claims and appeals filed on or after January 1, 2018 for disability...more

What Crawled Out from Under That Rock- Negligent References and Reporting Issues

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Many employers faced with an employment termination decision look for the simplest process for termination, one that causes the least hardship for the employee and mitigates the most litigation risk for the employer....more

New Wave Of Biometric Privacy Class Actions: Could You Be A Target?

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

While the privacy world is focused on the Equifax data breach, another development is taking place that could have a more lasting effect on privacy law. In the last month, plaintiffs’ lawyers in Illinois have filed over 20...more

White House Expands Exemptions to ACA Contraceptive Mandate

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued interim final rules on October 6, 2017, expanding exemptions to protect religious beliefs and moral convictions for certain entities and individuals whose health plans...more

Think before you joke, so you do not litigate funny

by FordHarrison on

Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, decreases pain, and can even prevent heart disease. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In addition to the value of humor in our...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications

by Varnum LLP on

In a significant change to longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began denying Advance Parole applications for abandonment when an applicant travels abroad while the application is...more

Avoid the headache: Stick to what you know

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Over the past 7 years as a solo ERISA practitioner, I always get asked if that’s all I do. It’s not some kind of insult, but a question on whether I also do financial advisory work and/or third party administration work. The...more

Association Health Plans: What Are They & What’s Changing?

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

What are Association Health Plans? Association Health Plans allow small employers or self-employed individuals to group together to form a larger pool for offering health insurance. An Association Health Plan model can...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: It’s Finally Over! (For Now…)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New statutory obligations for California employers in 2018 will include prohibitions on inquiries into applicants’ salary and conviction histories, expanding CFRA to employees of smaller employers,...more

“Opt Out” Provisions May Provide Path Forward for Class-Action Waivers in Employment Contracts

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Everyone is talking about the future of class-action waivers in employment arbitration agreements after the Supreme Court launched its new term this month with oral argument in three closely-watched cases—National Labor...more

Governor Brown Has Signed 'Ban the Box' Legislation Into Law For California - California Workplace Law Blog

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective January 1, 2018, California will be the next jurisdiction to implement statewide “ban the box” legislation. On October 14, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1008, which prohibits pre-offer...more

State-Wide BAN THE BOX Law No More Criminal Conviction Questions On Employment Applications

by Weintraub Tobin on

On October 14, 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 (the “Fair Chance Act”). The new law puts in place some protections for those individuals with criminal backgrounds seeking employment. The new law will be...more

Continued Employment Isn’t Always Sufficient – Minnesota Requires Additional Consideration For Non-Compete With Current Employee

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Minnesota federal district court recently refused to enforce a non-compete agreement, in part, because the employer failed to establish that the agreement was supported by valuable consideration. The decision, issued on...more

Hurricane Maria's Aftermath, Part II: Puerto Rico Government Provides Various Exemptions and Extensions to Multiple Upcoming...

by Littler on

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's catastrophic impact on Puerto Rico, in order to assist in rebuilding and recovery, Puerto Rico’s governor and several agencies have issued multiple exemptions to previously established...more

EEOC Filed More than 80 Lawsuits this Summer – Why Employers Should Pay Attention

by Baker Donelson on

Indeed, the EEOC filed far more than 80 lawsuits during July, August, and September 2017 – the last quarter of its fiscal year. Approximately 50 percent of those lawsuits targeted employers for alleged individual and, more...more

MAGA or Else: Trump DOJ Goes After Employer

by Baker Donelson on

In an Executive Order dated April 18, 2017, President Trump announced that it "shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American." If an employer does not "hire American," it may find itself the...more

California “Bans the Box”: Pre-Offer Criminal Inquiries Generally Outlawed in the State

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 a “Ban the Box” law that significantly restricts an employer’s ability to seek or obtain information about a job applicant’s criminal history. ...more

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