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New York State Takes an Ax to the Workplace Glass Ceiling: New Legislation to Advance the Rights of Women and Transgender...

On October 21, Governor Cuomo signed into New York State law five bills aimed at eliminating discrimination against women in the workplace. These laws, which take effect on January 19, 2016, add new protected classifications...more

Third Circuit Holds That Jury Must Decide If Temporary Workers Are Employees Under Anti-Discrimination Laws

Last week, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment to retailer Tuesday Morning, Inc. in the case of Faush v. Tuesday Morning, Inc. In that case, Matthew Faush, a...more

Executive Orders Subject Banks to New Requirements as Federal Contractors

President Obama has recently issued a number of executive orders imposing new requirements on federal contractors in the area of labor and employment. Some of these executive orders, which are regulated and enforced by the...more

2015 Elections — Roundup of Employment-Related Ballot Initiatives

Local governments or voters often pass statutes or ordinances on employment-related subjects that require employers to ensure that their policies are compliant not just on a state-by-state basis, but even on a city-by-city or...more

Immigration and Nationality Act 50th Anniversary Series: National Origin Quotas to Skills & Family Based Immigration

Political Theater: President Johnson and the Bully Pulpit - Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave Representative Michael Feighan (D-OH) his famous “Johnson Treatment”—using his intimidating physicality to...more

New York State Adds Protected Classifications and Remedies for Workplace Discrimination

The new laws are designed to protect equality for female employees in New York State; Governor also proposes regulations that would extend protections to transgender employees. On October 21, New York Governor Andrew...more

New York State Employers Face Strict New Equal Pay and Sex Discrimination Laws

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a series of bills entitled the “Women’s Equality Agenda” that significantly amend the State’s equal pay, sex discrimination, harassment and other laws to provide additional...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 5, Number 4: HHS’s New Anti-Discrimination Regulation Proposal, Explained

In September, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed anti-discrimination regulations that, if adopted, change the playing field in which physicians and other healthcare providers practice. These...more

New York Enacts Extensive New Protections for Women in the Workplace

On October 21, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a series of bills that expands the state’s gender-based employment protections. The bills are part of a legislative package, known more commonly as the...more

The California Fair Pay Act

California’s Fair Pay Act, which takes effect on January 1, 2016, prohibits private employers from paying male and female employees at different wage rates for substantially similar work. This standard is both more stringent...more

Treasury and the IRS Issue Proposed Regulations Implementing Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

In recent guidance, the Department of Treasury and the IRS issued proposed rules that clarify under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) that the terms “spouse” and “husband” and “wife” refer to individuals who are lawfully...more

Transgender Individuals to Gain Protection under New York State Law

On October 22, 2015, at the Pride Agenda Dinner, Governor Cuomo announced that he plans to extend protections against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations to transgender individuals. The New York...more

Next Steps for Federal Contractors in Response to OFCCP Pay Transparency Rule

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) final rule regarding pay transparency will place new burdens on federal contractors. The final rule takes effect on January 11, 2016 (120 days after publication in...more

California’s Gender Identity Legislation: New Protections for Transgender Employees Working with State Agencies

On October 7, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 703 (SB 703), protecting transgender employees whose employers engage in business with state agencies. Specifically, the bill expands on the state’s pre-existing...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - October 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update reports on Congress’s six-month extension of FAA’s reauthorization; new U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements with the European Union and Canada; the FAA’s...more

HHS Proposes Rules for Nondiscrimination in Health Care

On September 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) proposed new regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Section 1557 prohibits...more

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination Does Not Go So Far As To Protect “Weight, Appearance, or Sex Appeal”

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently affirmed summary judgment for the defense on several claims in the widely-followed “Borgata Babes” case, reining in the plaintiffs’ attempt to expand the New Jersey Law Against...more

CMS to Test Value-Based Insurance Design in Medicare Advantage

While CMS’s demonstration model will allow for reduced cost sharing and other benefit design elements to encourage targeted use of high-value clinical services, Medicare Advantage Organizations should be aware of certain...more

Business without bias: Avoid LGBT discrimination or pay the price

It’s apparent that societal attitudes are changing toward the LGBT community. Before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, many states had already done so. In other areas, however, the legal status of...more

Lessons Employers Can Learn from Kentucky Clerk’s Same-Sex Marriage License Dispute

Almost every day the news carries an additional story about Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who has defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Kim Davis story may be...more

Bad Timing, but No Punitives

Firing someone right after they complain of discrimination can result in a retaliation claim, even if the employer thinks it has a good reason unrelated to the complaint. The Tenth Circuit just upheld a jury verdict in this...more

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule Implementing Pay Transparency Executive Order

On September 10, 2015, the Department of Labor issued its final rule, implementing Executive Order 13665  (the “Order”), which prohibits federal contractors from firing or otherwise disciplining employees or job applicants...more

Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities: Proposed Rules from HHS

...So, why did HHS need over five years to propose the set of rules published September 8? Here are a few highlights. For brevity’s sake, we omit foreign language service requirements, disability accommodation, compliance...more

California to Enact Strongest Equal Pay Law in Nation

On August 31, 2015, the California Legislature overwhelmingly passed SB 358, the “Fair Pay Act,” in an effort to close the wage gap that exists between men and women. According to the legislative findings, in 2014 women in...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - September 2015 #2

Colorado’s uninsured rate is down 9 percentage points in four years; Michigan requests increased cost-sharing for its Medicaid expansion population above the federal poverty line; and, HHS’s proposed guidance strengthens...more

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