Anti-Discrimination Policies

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ACA Nondiscrimination Regulations Finalized

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final regulations under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or...more

OSHA Update: OSHA’s New Anti-Discrimination Requirements – What Every Human Resource Professional Needs to Know

On May 11, 2016, OSHA amended its Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rule. While much attention has been paid to the new requirements that employers electronically submit their injury and illness records to OSHA starting in...more

Maryland Expands Equal Pay Law to Prohibit Gender Identity Discrimination, Require Pay Transparency

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law a significant expansion of the Maryland Equal Pay Law, including new provisions to prohibit pay discrimination on the basis of gender identity and to make it easier for...more

New York State Prohibits Discrimination Based on Relationship or Association

On May 18, 2016, the New York State Division of Human Rights (SDHR) adopted new regulations that prohibit discrimination based on a relationship or association with members of a protected class. The purported purpose of the...more

Groundbreaking Healthcare Nondiscrimination Rule Issued by HHS: What It Means for Covered Entities

HHS late last week issued a Final Rule prohibiting discrimination in healthcare on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The Rule also broadens protection for individuals with limited English...more

When HR Meets Law: Family Friendly Employment Practices

(Chinese & English version) Achieving a healthy “work-life balance” is a challenge for many professionals as most are expected to work longer and harder to meet various business targets. Employment lawyers from DLA Piper...more

Maryland Employers May Now Grant a Hiring and Promotion Preference to Veterans

Maryland joins the growing list of states (23 states in the past two years) that have enacted laws giving preference in hiring to honorably discharged veterans. Private employers have been hesitant to favor veterans because...more

Can SafeHer, a Women-For-Women Ridesharing Company, Overcome the Challenges of Anti-Discrimination Laws?

Despite lawsuits and persistent legal uncertainties, the “sharing economy” is booming, and the companies at its forefront continue to grow. Some of these businesses are a natural complement to the hotel industry, while...more

Employer's Anti-Discrimination Complaint Process May Toll the Statute of Limitations Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act

Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, in Peterson v. City of Minneapolis, ruled that a complaint process in an employer’s anti-discrimination policy may toll the statute of limitations under the Minnesota Human Rights Act...more

Pennsylvania’s New Medical Marijuana Law: What Employers Need to Know

On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3 (SB3), otherwise known as the Medical Marijuana Act, which legalizes the prescription and use of medical marijuana by persons with a “serious medical...more

New Jersey Legislative Update, Part II: What’s in the Works for New Jersey Employers?

A Higher Minimum Wage in Certain Counties - On March 14, 2016, a bill (A3471) was introduced that would require all employers in Essex, Hudson, Camden, Mercer, and Middlesex counties to pay their employees at least...more

California’s New Guidance & FAQs for Employers of Transgender Employees

On February 17, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced that it was issuing a guidance on how to comply with the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which was geared toward...more

Medical Marijuana is Legal in Pennsylvania . . . Does Your Drug Testing Policy Have to Go Up in Smoke?

On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), which legalizes medicinal marijuana in Pennsylvania. The MMA, which takes effect on May 17, 2016, includes various provisions related...more

New York State Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Transgender Restrooms

In New York State, sex discrimination protections extend to transgender persons, and “gender dysphoria” is a protected “disability” under the Human Rights Law. Employers may not discriminate against individuals because of...more

Immediate Action Required: California Employers Must Update Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Effective April 1, 2016, new California regulations require employers to develop a written, detailed harassment and discrimination prevention and correction policy. For some time, the California Fair Employment and Housing...more

California Enhances Discrimination Laws

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) was recently amended in several significant respects. These amendments include: (a) expanding FEHA’s scope to cover employers with at least five employees, only one of...more

Louisiana Governor Signs LGBT Discrimination Executive Order in Public Employment and Services

On April 13, 2016, Louisiana’s new governor, John Bel Edwards, signed an executive order protecting state employees and employees of state contractors from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual...more

New FEHA Regulations: Understanding California’s New Requirements for How Employers Handle Employee Complaints

New California regulations require that employers write discrimination, harassment and anti-retaliation policies which include extensive complaint management and investigation procedures. Snapshot - - What has...more

Gender-Based Sales Promotions: Good Business or Unlawful Discrimination?

At the risk of sounding crass and overgeneralizing, social establishments – particularly those catering to the non-married crowd – like having more women at their establishments, and so they offer free items to women on the...more

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

8 Resources for Staying Compliant with New FEHA Harassment Laws

New California’s 11008 Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations are now in effect. Even organizations that aren’t based in California need to understand the implications — the broad reach of the regulations may...more

Understanding the Extraterritorial Scope of Title VII and the ADA for U.S. Employers

Many employers still grapple with the application of certain anti-discrimination laws — such as Title VII and the ADA — to non-U.S. citizen employees working in the United States and U.S. citizen employees working overseas. ...more

Mayor de Blasio Signs New Laws Strengthening NYC’s Human Rights Law

On Monday, March 28, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed several bills (Intros 814-A, 818-A, and 819) amending the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). The amendments strengthen employee protections by changing existing...more

California Employers: New Requirements In Effect April 1, 2016. Is Your Harassment/Discrimination Policy Ready?

On April 1, 2016, recent changes by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council to the regulations implementing the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) took effect. Among the changes are an expanded training...more

New California Regulations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment and Pregnancy Disability Leave

New California anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and pregnancy disability leave regulations went into effect on April 1, 2016.  The substantive law regarding these issues has not changed.  However, the new amendments...more

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