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Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the EEOC announced that The American Dental Association has agreed to pay $1.95 million to settle retaliation claims. The Association’s former legal counsel and director of human resources alleged that they were...more

Fate Uncertain for HHS’s Extension of ACA Discrimination Protections to Abortion & Gender Transition

by Genova Burns LLC on

In May 2016 HHS issued a final rule implementing the Affordable Care Act’s Section 1557 nondiscrimination provision, which applies to recipients of funding from HHS. The rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender...more

Legislature Finds More Opportunity to Work: AB 5 Moves Along

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment yesterday heard and approved AB 5, The Opportunity to Work Act, as it continues to move through the legislative process....more

Top labor and employment developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. presidential administrations historically have sought to use the federal procurement system, and specifically the regulations that apply to contractors and subcontractors, as a means to implement policies that would...more

State and Local Governments: Battling for Control of Workplace Laws

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

While some states are taking action to bar cities and local governments from regulating the workplace, cities and counties appear to be countering that effort by implementing innovative worker protections....more

Tattoo U: What Can Employers Do About Offensive Body Art?

by Fisher Phillips on

A version of this article originally appeared in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal. - The Philadelphia Police Department is now enforcing its first-ever tattoo policy forbidding on-duty...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/17-4/21

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

NOW IN EFFECT: D.C. Law Restricts Employers From Making Credit Check Inquiries

On April 7, 2017, the D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) (L21-0256) took effect as Congress’s review period expired. As we have previously reported, the Act amends the D.C. Human Rights Act to...more

Maine Delays Implementation of Certain Provisions of Recreational Marijuana Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last November, Maine was one of four states in which voters approved a new recreational marijuana law. Maine’s law took effect on January 30, 2017; however, emergency legislation passed on January 27, 2017 delayed the...more

FEHC Discusses Regs On Transgender Identity and National Origin Discrimination

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 30, 2017, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) considered proposed regulations on transgender employees. The FEHC also discussed draft regulations on national origin...more

[Webinar] Key Employment Law Issues for Start-ups and Other Small Businesses, Including Relevant California Laws - April 19th,...

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

While large companies typically have human resources departments or in-house counsel to advise on the myriad of complex employment laws, start-ups and small businesses are often operating in the dark regarding these key...more

State of the States — Legislative Action Heats Up

by Littler on

As we turn the calendar to April, state legislatures are starting to hit their stride. Bills introduced earlier this year continue to advance, with more than 400 labor and employment-related measures remaining under...more

Strategies for EEO Compliance: Focus on Leadership, Not Compliance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We observed last year that the legal industry is no more immune to the holdovers of sexism than any other profession. As we noted, in a step toward stemming this problem, the American Bar Association has passed a new model...more

OSC Stresses Need to Comply with Federal E-Verify Requirements Regardless of Potential State Conflicts

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) used a case involving the apparent conflict between federal E-Verify rules and a Missouri state law to...more

March Preparedness: Inadequate Employee Training May Cause Even the Best Employers to Suffer an Upset

Employers implement employee training programs for a variety of reasons, such as furthering professional development and improving poor performance, ensuring compliance with information security protocols and competence using...more

Maine Delays Effective Date of Anti-Discrimination Provisions of Recreational Marijuana Law

by Littler on

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved “Question 1”—An Act To Legalize Marijuana (“ALM” or “the Act”). “Emergency” legislation since passed by the Maine legislature and signed by Governor Paul LePage now provides...more

Recruitment and Wage and Hour Law in Ontario

by Dickinson Wright on

What are the requirements relating to advertising positions? In accordance with Ontario’s accessibility legislation, advertisements should note that employers will provide accommodations during the hiring process for...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the administration rescinded Obama-era federal guidelines interpreting federal anti-discrimination laws to require schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity....more

Medical Marijuana Act Clouds the Rights of Employers to Establish and Enforce Marijuana Policies

Pennsylvania’s recently passed Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) has left employers dazed and confused about whether they may continue to enforce zero tolerance drug policies. The MMA, which provides qualifying patients with access...more

What’s in a Pronoun? Liability for Employers

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Political correctness in the workplace has become increasingly complex. Employers who have referred to transitioning employees with the wrong pronoun have found themselves in the crosshairs of the EEOC. But what about those...more

New Law Requires Written Notice to Employees on Hire (and Existing Employees upon Request) of Rights of Victims of Domestic...

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

California law already prohibits employers with 25 or more employees from discriminating or retaliating against employees who take time off work for specified purposes related domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking....more

Developments in Title VII and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

by PretiFlaherty on

Many state anti-discrimination laws, such as those in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, specifically prohibit employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of sexual orientation. To the surprise of many...more

Unclear crystal ball: What might 2017 hold for employers?

by Kirton McConkie PC on

In 2016, employers were confronted with many new laws, regulations, and issues. Companies geared up for a substantial change in the overtime rule, which ultimately didn’t take effect after a federal judge in Texas issued an...more

White House Reaffirms Protections For Federal Contractor LGBTQ Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

Earlier today, the White House issued a statement announcing that it would continue to enforce President Obama’s 2014 executive order that protects the rights of the LGBTQ community in the federal contractor workplace. While...more

President Trump Announces Continuation of Protections for LGBTQ Workers on Federal Contracts

The White House announced on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, that Executive Order 13762, which prohibits discrimination against employees working for federal contractors on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity, will...more

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