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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

Let Them Eat Cake!

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The competing interests of an individual’s First Amendment right to religious freedom and an individual’s right to be free from discrimination will be addressed by the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) in the...more

This is Why the Number of Employees You Have Matters in Employment Law

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

There are many confusing aspects of employment law — not the least of which is that certain laws only apply to employers of a certain size. For example, the federal age discrimination law, ADEA, only applies to a business...more

Pennsylvania employers beware: One slur by a supervisor can now create a hostile work environment.

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Third Circuit recently ruled that a single extreme act of discrimination can produce an actionable hostile work environment claim. In doing so, the court clarified that the legal standard for such claims requires that an...more

Massachusetts SJC: Medical Marijuana Users May Be Safe from Employer Discrimination

by Morgan Lewis on

In a landmark decision that is likely to influence other states, a recent ruling in Massachusetts protects medical marijuana users against discrimination by their employers absent undue hardship....more

Massachusetts High Court Concludes that State Anti-Discrimination Laws Protect Medical Marijuana Users

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

In May 2017, we reported on Callahan v. Darlington Fabrics and the Moore Company, a Rhode Island Superior Court decision that applied workplace anti-discrimination protections to medical marijuana users. Massachusetts has now...more

Part 1 of 2: My Sit-Down Interview With Former EEOC General Counsel David Lopez

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, discusses current employment law news, trends, developments and guest analysis. This episode presents the first of two parts of a timely and...more

Massachusetts Rules Medical Marijuana Use May Be a Reasonable Accommodation Under State’s Handicap Discrimination Statute

by Goodwin on

..The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has determined that it may be a reasonable accommodation under the state anti-discrimination law for a handicapped employee to use medical marijuana, if certified by a physician,...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Employers May Need To Accommodate Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that an employer could be liable under the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Act for disability discrimination by declining employment based...more

Connecticut Expands Anti-Discrimination and Accommodation Protections for Pregnant Employees and Applicants

Earlier this month, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace” (the “Act”), which enhances employment protections for pregnant employees and applicants under the...more

DOJ Expands Time Frame to Investigate Immigration-Related Discrimination Actions

Earlier in 2017, new rules became effective from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division impacting the authority of the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER)—formerly known as the Office of Special...more

Task Force Finds More Than 150 Antiquated Federal Regulations – And Counting

by Barley Snyder on

A federal task force already has identified more than 150 education regulations that could be changed or repealed – and it’s not done yet. The Department of Education has issued a request for input on regulations the...more

Need Cool Relief From Summer Heat? Try a Refreshing Handbook Update!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although there’s no right or wrong time to do a handbook update, we recommend them annually. Might as well take the opportunity when operations are typically slower, summertime, to give your handbook a...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When Well-Intentioned School Policies Actually Create Risks

by Fisher Phillips on

There’s no question that today’s social and political climate has affected school campuses across the country in ways that have not been experienced in decades. A steady increase in the diversification of student bodies...more

Equal Pay, the Oregon Way

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Even as Oregon’s minimum wage jumps by $1.50 in the Portland metro area (fifty cents elsewhere in Oregon), the 2017 Legislature has passed two more worker-friendly bills dealing with equal pay and predictable work schedules....more

June 2017: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. June 2017 was no different, with...more

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