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"Gay cake" appeal decided

The Christian owners of a bakery in Northern Ireland have lost their appeal against a finding that their refusal to make a “gay cake” was discriminatory....more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA)/Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US Was Not Directly Linked to Injuries Claimed in Other Countries...more

New Arizona Law Provides Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Time

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters enacted the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (“FWHFA” or “the Act”), which amends the Arizona Minimum Wage Act (“AMWA”) to provide for incremental increases to the minimum wage for...more

Lessons From the EEOC's General Counsel's Retrospective: Top Ten Litigation Developments and the Effective Employer's Response

On October 7, 2016, the General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), P. David Lopez, presented "The EEOC's Top Ten Litigation Developments" at an employment law symposium sponsored by Ward and...more

Title VII & Sexual Orientation: Update

Federal law does not explicitly prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or transgender status. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it an “unlawful employment...more

European Commission Publishes Draft Regulation Prohibiting Geo-Blocking by Online Traders and Content Publishers

As part of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market initiative, the European Commission has published a draft Regulation aimed at preventing traders from discriminating against customers located in other EU Member...more

Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Agency Issues Guidance on Gender Identity Discrimination

Recently, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) published guidance on gender identity discrimination, which the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (commonly known as “Chapter 151B”) has...more

January 1st is Quickly Approaching – Have you Reviewed your Health Plan for Section 1557 Compliance?

Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) finalized regulations that implement Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“Section 1557”). You can read our prior discussions of these regulations...more

FAQ about Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Amendment re: Non-Retaliation for Employee Disclosure of Compensation Information

Why Should I Care About this Amendment? The federal government is mandating another disclosure to your employees, and adding new language to your government contracts....more

EEOC Announces Enforcement Priorities

On Monday, the EEOC announced its updated strategic enforcement plan for fiscal years 2017 through 2021. The updated plan contains the organization’s priorities and strategies for enforcing laws and regulations on equal...more

“Backlash Discrimination” and “Complex Employment Relationships” at the Heart of the EEOC’s 2017-2021 Strategic Enforcement Plan

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC” or “Commission”) unveiled the adoption of its 2017-2021 Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”). The SEP, which was approved by a 3-2 vote, outlines the...more

Cook County, Illinois Becomes First in the Midwest to Mandate Countywide Paid Sick Leave

On October 5, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance (the “Ordinance”). Notably, Cook County, Illinois encompasses the City of Chicago, which passed its own paid sick...more

Wellness Incentive Programs: Navigating Legal Landmines and Designing Effective Employee Communication Strategies

This year’s Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress featured a presentation by Susan Nash that addressed the many shapes and sizes of wellness programs today. Programs are typically designed to promote health and to educate...more

Are you ready for Section 1557’s notice requirements?

This is a reminder that beginning October 16, 2016, Covered Entities (as defined below) are required to comply with certain notice requirements under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Section 1557 of the ACA...more

[Event] Evolving Workplace Issues and Dynamics - Are You Ready? - Seminar and Reception - November 10th, Melbourne, FL

Half-Day Seminar Hosted by South Brevard SHRM and FordHarrison SBSHRM and FordHarrison are partnering for a fantastic half-day event at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. This event will be held in place of SBSHRM's usual luncheon...more

Decision 2016: A Refresher on Politics in Your Workplace

Over the next few weeks, millions of Americans will cast their votes, concluding what has been a particularly contentious election cycle. Until then, as Election Day approaches and employees’ political passions continue to...more

2016 presidential election dynamics in the workplace: Free speech? ‘You’re fired’

None of us are immune from this year’s presidential election dynamics. Disrespect and name-calling seem more prevalent than policy discussions. The election is highly polarizing, potentially pitting employee against...more

Watching SCOTUS – ERISA Church-Plan Exemption Revisited

Seyfarth Synopsis: Currently before the Supreme Court are two petitions regarding the thorny legal question of which organizations can qualify for ERISA’s Church-plan exemption. If the Supreme Court grants certiorari and...more

California expands pay equity, limits pay stub requirements

Employers with employees or facilities in California should take note of several recent employment laws signed by California Governor Jerry Brown in recent months....more

Health Alert (Australia) October 10, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Commonwealth. High Court 5 October 2016 - Lyons v Queensland [2016] HCA 38 The question in this appeal...more

Unlawful Use of Requirements Relating to Immigration Status in Recruitment May Lead to Discrimination Claims

U.S. employers must carefully screen their recruitment process and advertisement language relating to the citizenship status of job applicants. The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related...more

MCAD Provides Guidance to Employers on Gender Identity Issues

Places of Public Accommodation May Not Discriminate Based on Gender Identity - Effective October 1, 2016, places of public accommodation in Massachusetts are prohibited from engaging in discrimination based on an...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - October 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The October edition of the Insider Report examines what Congress...more

New Jersey Assembly Introduces Bill To Prohibit Asking About Applicants'Compensation Histories

Recently, the New Jersey Assembly introduced a bill that would amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to prohibit employers from seeking compensation information on employment candidates. Pursuant to the bill’s...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: October 2016

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that requires employers to prove they are not paying workers differently because of their race or ethnicity. This new requirement builds on California’s Equal Pay Act,...more

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