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Tips for Employers Facing a Charge of Discrimination

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

When an employer receives a charge of discrimination from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or a state agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws, it is important that the charge be handled properly. That...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

FEHA Expands Protections for Gender Identity and Expression

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) now has additional protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression in the workplace. The new FEHA regulations, entitled “Regulations...more

Keep Identifying Information out of Job Applications and Advertisements

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Certain job advertisements have drawn media scrutiny in recent weeks, including dozens of postings seeking applicants with a “neutral” accent for language teaching, sales, and IT support jobs. Another trend, in the opposite...more

New California Regulation Protects Transgender Employees

by Payne & Fears on

The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) recently adopted amendments to the existing regulation on sex discrimination which address transgender identity and expression. Some changes are subtle, including a...more

Neo-Nazi in Your Workplace? Tread Carefully Before Taking Action

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We live in an unfortunate time in which white nationalists and neo-Nazis are receiving a great amount of publicity. In the aftermath of this month’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia we are likely to see additional rallies,...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: December 2016 and March, April, June, and August 2017

by Sands Anderson PC on

Happy Fall! The Virginia Supreme Court issued a number of opinions since my last update affecting local government law. Its work resulted in opinions addressing...more

Arizona Employers Need to Update Employee Handbooks

by Jaburg Wilk on

Employment law changes and evolves. Best practice for employers is to have an experienced employment attorney review and update their employee handbook to be in compliance with labor laws. At a minimum, the following areas...more

Campus Companions: How To Handle Requests For Service And Assistance Animals

by Fisher Phillips on

School officials often receive requests from students with disabilities to bring “service animals” and “assistance animals” on campus as an accommodation. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the...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

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

K&L Gates Triage: Avoiding the Risks Associated with Mandatory Vaccination Programs

by K&L Gates LLP on

This episode discusses the risks associated with mandatory employee vaccination programs and practical tips for health care entities on how to minimize these risks from an employment law perspective. In particular, this...more

Eighth Circuit Says Racist Comment Not Justification for Terminating Striking Worker

Under most employers’ anti-discrimination and harassment policies, an employee who makes overt racist comments toward a co-worker would likely face termination. In addition to the moral and ethical purposes behind such...more

NYC Human Rights Law Amended to Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) adding current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. The amendment will take...more

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Law Protects Employees and Is Not Preempted by Federal Drug Laws

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Ever since Connecticut allowed employees to obtain and use medical marijuana, employers have wondered whether, under certain circumstances, federal law would preempt the state law. A recent federal district court case has now...more

Connecticut and Massachusetts Expand Protections for Pregnant Employees

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Two laws mandating pregnancy accommodations for employees were recently passed. On July 6, 2017, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace” (“Connecticut Act”). The...more

California DFEH’s new transgender regulations go into effect

by Dentons on

Effective July 1, 2017, California employers became subject to new regulations, promulgated by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), interpreting the California Fair Employment and Housing Act's...more

Medical Marijuana on Campus: Barbuto's Impact on School Policies Banning Drug Use

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC that an employee's use of medical marijuana to treat a qualified disability may be a reasonable accommodation under...more

What Were They Smoking? Massachusetts Supreme Court Becomes First State Court to Find Employers Must Accommodate Use of Medical...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As the number of states legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes has steadily grown, employers have been anxiously asking whether they are required to accommodate the use of medical marijuana if the use is related...more

Costa Rica's New Labor Reform in Force as of July 25, 2017

by Littler on

On July 25, 2017, Law No. 9343, known as the “Labor Procedure Reform” (LPR), became effective. By amending 348 articles of the Labor Code, the LPR overhauls nearly half of the country’s labor and employment laws,...more

Compliance with Today’s Anti-Discrimination Laws Through a History Lesson

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Over the weekend, I was doing a lot of driving. Having a kid at camp near the New Hampshire border to pick him up will do that. So, it was time for me to catch up on some podcasts I had downloaded but hadn’t yet listened...more

Accommodating Medical Marijuana Users: A National Trend?

Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, and the use, sale and possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. In recent years, however, a majority of states (at last count, 29...more

WPI State of the States: Statehouses Continue to Release Summer Blockbusters

by Littler on

Despite recent publicity surrounding bills pending in the U.S. Congress, state legislatures have not lost their focus. More than 30 states have concluded their legislative sessions, and another half-dozen are in recess. But...more

Massachusetts Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On July 27, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, requiring Massachusetts employers to provide pregnant women and new mothers with “reasonable accommodations” for their...more

Rental Applications: Can rejecting a tenant based criminal background lead to a HUD complaint?

If an association has the right to deny rental applications and it does so based on an applicant’s criminal background, the association should review whether its policies, procedures and practices may lead to claims of...more

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