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It’s SUMMER! Top 4 Ways Employers Can Get Burned

We officially entered the season of summer this week. What are the most common ways employers can get burned? I can think of four right off the bat. Sexist air conditioning. It seems like a long time since we’ve read...more

HospitalityStaff To Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Staffing Company Refused to Accommodate Rastafarian Employee's Dreadlocks, Federal Agency Charged - ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando staffing company dedicated to Central Florida's massive hospitality industry will pay $30,000...more

California Employers Will Soon See New Workplace Regulations Take Effect - Rules On Transgender Discrimination And Criminal...

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In recent months, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has finalized two new sets of regulations that will both go into effect on July 1, 2017. California employers should pay close attention to these new...more

Littler Global Guide - The Netherlands - Q1 2017

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House for Whistleblowers Act - Enacted Legislation - The House for Whistleblowers Act that has become effective as of July 1, 2016, introduces legal protection for whistleblowers and provides for the formation...more

B.C. bans employers’ mandatory high heels policies in some workplaces: amendments to footwear regulations now in effect

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On April 7, 2017, the British Columbia government amended the footwear regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, BC Reg 296/97 (the “Regulation”) to specify that employers cannot require a worker to wear...more

Dress code in the workplace: keep your high heels on!

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The government has undertaken to produce new guidance on workplace dress codes this summer following a joint report published by the Petitions and Women and Equalities Committees (the Committees). The report called for urgent...more

Tattoo U: What Can Employers Do About Offensive Body Art?

by Fisher Phillips on

A version of this article originally appeared in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal. - The Philadelphia Police Department is now enforcing its first-ever tattoo policy forbidding on-duty...more

Employers, Spike Those “High Heels” Dress Code Requirements!

British Columbia has recently amended its health and safety law to prohibit employers from requiring employees to wear high heels to work. Maybe this isn’t too big a deal in an office environment, but there are some...more

In other news – UK Employment Hub

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Highlights from our Hub: Have the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) cases of C-157/15 Achbita, Centrum voor Gelijkheid van kansen en voor rascismebestrijding v. G4S Secure Solutions and C-188/15 Bougnaoui...more

March A-Wear-Ness: Uniforms, Dress Codes, and Employee Choice

The basketball court isn’t the only place you’ll see interesting uniforms this month. Many employers choose to implement and enforce their own uniform requirements and dress codes at work. But if done incorrectly, uniforms...more

Dressing for Work in California this Summer

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Seyfarth Synopsis: With summer months almost upon us, here are some dress code tips and tricks for employers to ensure both employee compliance with relaxed summer dress codes and increased employee motivation and morale. We...more

European Court Clarifies Legality of Banning Islamic Headscarves in the Workplace

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On March 14, 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) issued a significant ruling clarifying when an employer may prohibit employees from wearing visible signs of their religious beliefs in the workplace. The...more

Employment News - March 2017 #3

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Last minute decider – incapacity dismissal without considering new evidence was disability discrimination - The Court of Appeal in O'Brien v Bolton St Catherine's Academy has reinstated a Tribunal decision that the...more

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the banning of headscarves in the workplace

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Two highly anticipated cases involving the legality of banning headscarves in the workplace were decided by the ECJ this week. Achbita and anor v. G4S Secure Solutions NV (Case C-157/15) involved a company that...more

Sorry, J-Lo and CeeLo: Real world requires carefully crafted employment dress codes

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The Grammys aired on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Every year, audiences tune in to the glamorous awards show to watch the presentation of such celebrated accolades as “Song of the Year” and to take in the live performances of...more

6 Employment Actions That Can “Automatically” Land Your Hospital In Court

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As a healthcare employer, it must be tempting to want to develop rigid workplace rules that will help newbie bosses reach conclusions almost automatically, especially where the best nurses or techs often become supervisors...more

Check Your Dress Codes and Decide If You Really Need One (Or Want to Enforce It)

Dress codes—a helpful workplace rule or a trap for the unwary? A recent Forbes article (High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes: Urgent Action Needed, Say U.K. MPs) relates the story of Nicola Thorp, who was sent home from her...more

High heels, dress codes and discrimination: government recommendations published

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The House of Commons Petitions Committee and Equalities Committee have published a joint report, ‘High heels and workplace dress codes’, which recommends that the government urgently reviews the effectiveness of...more

Transparency in Terminology and Treating Transgender Employees Fairly

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With increased attention placed on transgender rights in recent years, employers should pay close attention to transgender discrimination and related issues in the workplace. This post offers some tips for...more

The Top 10 Labor and Employment Issues Retailers Will Face in 2017

The coming of a new year always presents uncertainty for retail employers on the labor and employment front, but particularly so this year with the coming of the Trump administration and Republican majority in Congress....more

EEOC Continues to Slam the Brakes on Employer Dress Code Policies

Nearly all employers maintain a dress code, oftentimes for different reasons. For example, service employees may be required to wear uniforms so that customers can easily identify them. Likewise, construction and...more

Employers May Need To Offer Accomodations To Job Applicants And EMPLOYEES Even If They Do Not Ask For An Accomodation

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Most employers maintain either formal or informal grooming and appearance policies. These policies address the employee’s personal appearance while at work including hairstyle, jewelry, tattoos, piercings, head coverings and...more

EEOC Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Akebono Brake Corporation

Company Refused to Hire Woman as Temp Worker Because Her Religion Forbade Her to Wear Trousers, Federal Agency Charges - COLUMBIA, S.C. - Akebono Brake Corporation, a Michigan-based company that designs and manufactures...more

Termination for Refusal to Cut Dreadlocks Not Race Discrimination

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has attempted to expand the definition of race under Title VII. The agency takes the position that race includes cultural characteristics and individual expressions...more

Men without hardhats: where freedom of religion loses out to workplace safety

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Freedom of religion and the duty to accommodate within the workplace context is a highly important issue in Québec given the discrimination provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the Québec...more

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