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HHS Final Rule Finds Categorical Exclusions for Health Services Related to Gender Transition Are Generally Unlawful

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published its Final Rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of, among other grounds, sex in...more

OFCCP Releases Final Rule on Gender Discrimination

On June 14, 2016, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) released its updated final rule regarding sex/gender discrimination. The stated purpose of the update was to revise OFCCP’s decades old guidance...more

New Jersey Employers Cannot Reduce Employees' Time To File Discrimination Claims From Two Year Statute Of Limitations, Rules...

The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that employment agreements shortening the time in which an employee may file a discrimination claim against his or her employer under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) are...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Bars Enforcement of Shortened Limitations Period for Discrimination Claims

The New Jersey Supreme Court has overturned an appellate court decision that allowed a shortened limitations period for filing discrimination claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”). Rodriguez v....more

N.J. Employers No Longer Able To Shrink Lawsuit Time Limits - Supreme Court Hands Loss To Employers – But Is There A Hidden...

The New Jersey Supreme Court just ruled that employers are not permitted to shorten the time frame that workers have to file a discrimination claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), reversing a 2014...more

The “Duty To Conciliate” Doesn’t Mean The EEOC Has To Be Reasonable.

Just how much of a duty to conciliate does the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have after the Supreme Court’s decision last year in Mach Mining? Hardly any, it appears. In Mach Mining, the Supreme Court...more

Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms No Longer Certifiable as Minority-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts

In the wake of a recent Superior Court decision in Massachusetts, the Commonwealth no longer recognizes Portuguese-owned construction firms as minority-owned businesses (MBEs). Massachusetts General Laws ch. 7C sec. 6...more

OFCCP Updates Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Federal Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a final rule yesterday, enforcing Executive Order 11246 and updating its sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors. Prior to yesterday’s issuance, the...more

Health Alert (Australia) June 13, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Judgments: Victoria 1 June 2016 - JPP v Department of Health and Human Services (Review and Regulation)...more

What Century Are We Living In? – The Second Circuit Seems To Think It's the Nineteenth

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that members of the New York bar residing out-of-state can be constitutionally required to have a physical office within the state, reversing the U.S....more

Medical marijuana-using welder must give employer treatment records: arbitrator

A worker who used medical marijuana has been ordered to give his employer any medical records touching on his treatment. The worker was a long-service journeyman welder employed at the employer’s potash mine.  He claimed...more

EEOC Releases Proposed Enforcement Guidance On National Origin Discrimination For Public Comments

On June 2, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released, for a 30-day public input period, proposed enforcement guidance addressing national origin discrimination under Title VII of the Civil...more

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central (Houston Action Council) When Your ERISA Claim Is No Good

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision district court ruling affirms that in a benefit discrimination claim, just as in a typical claim of employment discrimination, to survive summary judgment a plaintiff must demonstrate that...more

Cooling hot political buttons

During every political campaign, I am reminded of the notion that if we speak about our co-workers or subordinates in the manner in which the American voter speaks about political candidates, we should expect some remediation...more

The Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana in PA – What Does it Mean for Employer Provided Insurance Coverage?

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) was signed into law on April 17, 2016 and officially took effect last week. One of the questions we’ve been asked since the passage of the Act is: how will employer provided...more

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Its Potential Impact on Underwriting Policies and Procedures

In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015), one of the most watched cases of 2015, the Supreme Court held that plaintiffs may rely on a disparate impact...more

Supreme Court Tells EEOC It May Be on the Hook for Fees if It Does Not Fulfill Its Statutory Pre-Suit Duties

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) authorizes the award of attorneys’ fees to a party who prevails in a discrimination or retaliation claim brought under that statute. Although this fee shifting provision...more

Constructive Discharge: Supreme Court Sets the Clock in Employees’ Favor

On May 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the filing period for constructive discharge claims, which can be filed pursuant to many different employment laws, begins to run upon an employee’s...more

Significant Changes Made to California’s Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Laws

California is constructing better protections for employees and reinforcing state laws that make clear it is an employer’s affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct discriminatory and harassing...more

U.S. DOE and DOJ Release Joint Guidance Regarding Transgender Students

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance today entitled Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students. This guidance is provided pursuant to the DOE and DOJ’s enforcement authority under Title IX,...more

Sixth Circuit Potentially Expands Back Pay Damages in Title VII Cases

Last month the Sixth Circuit issued its opinion in Szeinbach v. The Ohio State University, opening up the door for plaintiffs alleging discrimination under Title VII and seeking back pay, to, in certain circumstances, look to...more

Facebook’s “Trending” Section and Human Resources Analytics

According to a recent New York Times article, “Facebook scrambled on Monday to respond to a new and startling line of attack: accusations of political bias.” Slate followed with a report that the online social networking...more

FEHC Proposed Criminal History Regulations Put Employers in Hot Seat

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fair Employment and Housing Council is vetting proposed regulations to prevent employers from discriminating against applicants or employees with criminal histories. Our colleague Kate Svinarich...more

Pregnancy Accommodation Headed to Governor

A bill requiring Colorado employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees has passed both the Colorado House and the Senate and is headed to Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk. Employers already must...more

New York City Commission on Human Rights Publishes Legal Enforcement Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Pregnancy

The New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) is New York City’s local law that prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations and housing. The New York City Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”) has...more

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