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Both Statewide Paid Family Leave and the $15 Minimum Wage for Most of the NYC Metro Area Became Law in New York April 4th

In a flurry of activity accompanying agreement with the Governor on a budget in late March, New York State lawmakers passed, and Governor Cuomo subsequently signed, legislation following California’s lead in raising the…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

New York Appeals Court Imposes Individual Employee Liability for Interfering with FMLA Leave and Retaliation

On March 17, 2016, the federal Court of Appeals in New York held for the first time as Second Circuit law that a human resources director and other managers can be liable for personally violating another employee’s rights under…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Wolf Signs Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Orders

On April 7, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed two executive orders barring discrimination against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Executive Order 2016-04 prohibits government agencies from…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

California On Its Way to $15.00 Minimum Wage

The $15.00 minimum wage has been the goal of a loud and active national movement for some time now. A report by the Los Angeles Times of a California-style deal between unions and the California legislature suggest that a 50%…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

The Pennsylvania Capital Stock Tax is no More––Now What?

With the April 15 deadline for calendar year Pennsylvania Corporate Tax Report (RCT-101) filers right around the corner, it is worth remembering that the Pennsylvania Capital Stock/Foreign Franchise Tax (“CS/FFT”) has finally…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation

Eighth Circuit Opens Circuit Split on the Scope of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) makes it unlawful for any creditor “to discriminate against any applicant, with respect to any aspect of a credit transaction . . . on the basis of . . . marital status.” The statute was…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Supreme Court Hands Labor Unions a Reprieve

In the second split decision since the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court gave organized labor a status quo victory in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association on Tuesday. The case was brought by the…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Education, Labor & Employment Law

Significant Changes to Employer Obligations in California Effective April 1st

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (the “Act”) is the California’s omnibus law prohibiting discrimination in employment and housing. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s (“DFEH”) Fair Employment and Housing Council…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

NJ Adopts Final Regulations on Criminal Background Inquiries

New Jersey has promulgated its final ban-the-box regulations, clarifying the law passed on March 1, 2015, which severely restricted public and private employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring into an applicant’s…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Philadelphia’s “Ban the Box” Ordinance Now Applies to All Private Employers

New amendments to the Philadelphia “Ban the Box” ordinance, signed into law by former Mayor Nutter in January, will take effect on March 14, 2016. The current law, also known as the “Fair Criminal Records Screening” ordinance,…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Privacy Shield Takes Another Step Forward

Roughly three weeks ago EU and U.S. negotiators announced that they had reached agreement on a replacement for the Safe Harbor mechanism for compliance with European regulations on transfers of personal information to the United…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

EEOC Files its First Sexual Orientation Suits Under Title VII

The EEOC has filed its first lawsuits accusing employers of gender bias for discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. The complaints are grounded in the theory that the protections in Title VII of the…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Amended Regulations for NYC Earned Sick Time Act Imposing New Recordkeeping and Policy Mandates Become Effective March 4

Employers covered by New York City’s Earned Sick Leave Act will be expected to comply with new requirements and will be subject to a re-interpretation of parts of this law when newly published regulations take effect on March 4…more
| Labor & Employment Law

District Court Holds Contractor Not Liable for Army Helicopter Pilot's Paralysis and Confirms Continuing Viability of Government Contractor Defense

In Linfoot v. McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee granted McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co.’s (“MDHC”) motion for summary judgment dismissing failure to warn…more
| Civil Remedies, Government Contracting, Military Law, Personal Injury, Transportation

Fundamental Change to Warranty Law: Consumer Warranties can be Posted online

Recent changes to the federal statute governing warranties on consumer products will make it easier and more cost-effective for consumer product manufacturers and suppliers to satisfy the federally-mandated warranty notification…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Products Liability
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