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Expanded Protections for Working Mothers in San Francisco

Effective January 1, 2018, San Francisco will expand available protections for nursing mothers working within city limits. California law currently requires employers to provide lactating employees with a reasonable amount of...more

Bay Area Local Law Update: Emeryville’s “Fair Workweek Ordinance”; San Francisco Bans Salary History Inquiries; And Additional...

Over the past few years, one of the biggest trends in employment law has been the proliferation of local ordinances imposing workplace standards beyond those mandated by state and federal laws. While many state governments...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

San Francisco Passes “Lactation In The Workplace Ordinance”

by Weintraub Tobin on

On June 30, 2017, San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee signed an ordinance, providing employees in the City of San Francisco with additional lactation rights. The “Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance,” will take effect on January...more

India Makes Significant Changes to Maternity Benefit Entitlements

by Fisher Phillips on

This year, India became one of the most generous providers of maternity benefits in the world when it extended the period of maternity leave available to eligible working mothers from twelve (12) weeks to twenty-six (26)...more

Massachusetts Establishes New Protections for Pregnant Workers

by K&L Gates LLP on

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“MPWFA”), an act which expands the protection of Massachusetts’s anti-discrimination statute to cover pregnancy...more

Massachusetts Employers Must Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Workers Who Are Pregnant or Nursing

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the Act) on July 27, 2017. The Act amends the Massachusetts anti-discrimination statute, Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter...more

Are You Sure You Want to Expand? Myriad State and Local Employment Laws Cause Numerous Headaches for Employers

“Arizona’s New Paid Sick Leave Law Goes into Effect in July.” “San Francisco Passes ‘Lactation in the Workplace’ Ordinance.” Headlines such as these flood the email of human resources professionals and employment lawyers. As...more

Governor Baker Signs Into Law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective April 1, 2018, Massachusetts will expand its anti-discrimination statute to specifically prohibit the discrimination against, refusal to hire, and the termination of individuals due to pregnancy...more

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

by Littler on

On July 27, 2017, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”). Once the Act takes effect on April 1, 2018, most employers with employees in Massachusetts will be required to provide...more

Massachusetts Finalizes New Pregnancy Workplace Law: What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting

by Fisher Phillips on

Massachusetts just joined 21 other states and the District of Columbia by enacting a comprehensive pregnancy workplace law with unanimous support from the legislature, employee advocates, and the Massachusetts business...more

San Francisco-Peculiarities: The City’s Ultra-Unique Employment Landscape

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As if high rent and California’s peculiar laws were not enough to worry about, San Francisco employers must also comply with City-specific ordinances. Trailblazing City requirements often exceed state laws...more

Expecting A Big Change: Nevada’s New Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

by Fisher Phillips on

The state legislature recently enacted the Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (NPWFA) to expand the scope of protection for employees and applicants. The NPWFA is based on the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA),...more

Get To Know New Nursing Mothers’ Law For Nevada Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

Although the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) already protects nursing mothers from employment discrimination and retaliation while requiring employers to provide them with reasonable break time and a private space to...more

San Francisco Employers Face New Gender Equality Laws

by Fisher Phillips on

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has just added two new employment ordinances to the burgeoning list of employment-related ordinances in the City by the Bay. First, the Parity in Pay Ordinance prohibits employers from...more

Enhanced Maternity Protections in Germany are Taking Effect

by Littler on

In May 2017, the German Federal Government passed a reform known as the German Maternity Protection Act, aimed at protecting the health and well-being of the woman and her (unborn) child during pregnancy, after birth and...more

Endless Summer: California Municipalities Continue to Enact A Variety of Employment Laws

by Littler on

Beyond the labor and employment developments taking place at the state level in California, employers must keep an eye on breaking news at the local level as well. In recent years, municipalities up and down the coast have...more

Massachusetts Senate Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously voted to pass “An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act” (“MPWFA”) in an effort to make sure that pregnant and nursing employees receive the same protections...more

Lactation in the Workplace

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Many employers are uncertain how to handle requests by female employees for break periods and special locations for expressing breast milk. The law is clearly trending in favor of policies that permit female employees to...more

“Congratulations – Now, Back To Work!” What Employers Need To Know About The Fifth Trimester

by Fisher Phillips on

Parents everywhere are familiar with the joys and trials of the three trimesters of pregnancy. The term “fourth trimester” has also gained widespread recognition, that three-month period when a baby gets used to living...more

2017 Proposed State Legislation

by Payne & Fears on

A number of bills currently before the Nevada Legislature will affect employers if signed into law. The following summarizes these bills as they have been introduced....more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

by FordHarrison on

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Open for Business: Puerto Rico Enacts Sweeping Labor Reform

by Morgan Lewis on

Employer-friendly revisions to attract new businesses and facilitate operations for existing enterprises signals a new era of labor flexibility in Puerto Rico. On January 26, 2017, weeks after being sworn in as the...more

Employers must accommodate breastfeeding mothers at work

by Dentons on

Two female cabin crew members have successfully brought indirect sex discrimination claims against Easyjet. When the women returned from maternity leave they made flexible working requests to Easyjet as they were...more

Employers Must Comply with DOL's Updated Posting Requirements

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued on July 27, 2016, regulations that require covered employers to update their Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage posters and their federal Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)...more

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