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Washington Employers: Prepare To Face New Workplace Laws

by Fisher Phillips on

The past year has brought multiple new workplace laws that will require employers in Washington to change several key policies and procedures. Below is an update that provides a general overview to help you prepare for these...more

No Hablas Español… No Tiene Un Trabajo: The EEOC’s Battle Against Non-Hispanic Discrimination

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC has filed a class action against an employer on behalf of “non-Hispanic job applicants,” alleging that the employer’s practice of only hiring Spanish-speaking applicants, and policy of using...more

European Court Restricts Employer Access to Employee’s Private Communications

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

With its recent ruling in Barbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made a decision of enormous impact for employers in Europe. The decision makes clear...more

Tenth Circuit Indicates Mandatory Pre-Shift Briefings Are Compensable Time Under the FLSA

On September 14, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals provided employers with further guidance regarding the compensability of pre-shift tasks under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Specifically, in Jimenez,...more

FEHA Expands Protections for Gender Identity and Expression

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) now has additional protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression in the workplace. The new FEHA regulations, entitled “Regulations...more

You Don’t Be THAT Person on Someone Else’s Holiday

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Today marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. But it’s a day of business to many....more

Spring Cleaning Comes Early: The Affordable Care Act and the Importance of Updating ERISA Plan Documents

The year 1974 was a watershed for employee benefits. For the first time, the federal government undertook the complicated task of providing a statutory and regulatory framework for employee benefit plans and employee pension...more

Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies What Is and What Is Not Appealable to the Court of Common Pleas in Workers’ Compensation Claims

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Confusion on what is and what is not appealable to the Court of Common Pleas has existed for decades. Determining what is and is not appealable to the Court of Common Pleas in workers’ compensation claims became a little...more

11th Circuit: Rights Of Breastfeeding Employees Protected By Federal Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On September 7, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit in Hicks v. City of Tuscaloosa, 16-13003 held that breastfeeding is covered under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”). In Hicks, the doctor for a police officer with the...more

Department of Labor Releases New Pregnancy Discrimination Poster

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last week I talked about the new state law regarding pregnancy discrimination that is going into effect on October 1, 2017. In that post, I mentioned a new notice that was required to comply with the law....more

Oral Contract Upheld in California Despite Offer Letter Purporting to Supersede It

Does an employment offer letter that expressly supersedes any oral statements on the part of supervisors concerning conditions of employment preclude verbal wage promises made after the employee is hired? Chen v. M&C Hotel...more

Interference On The Defense? Tenth Circuit Reinstates EEOC’s Formerly Dismissed Claim

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a federal district court dismissed the EEOC’s unlawful-interference claim against a private college that had sued a former employee for allegedly breaching a settlement agreement by filing an EEOC...more

Failure to Complain About Sexual Harassment Over Long Period of Time Dooms Later Claims

In most cases in order to demonstrate a hostile working environment due to sex, a plaintiff must show multiple incidents of harassment over a period of time. However, in some situations, allegations of harassment that occur...more

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Six-Figure Jury Verdict in Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit serves as a cautionary tale for employers quick to deny employees’ requests for accommodations after returning from maternity leave. The Pregnancy...more

Magnum, SMH

by FordHarrison on

Who could possibly sully the sainted memory of Thomas Magnum, fictional private investigator and iconic 1980s bon vivant? All 45 of these guys, apparently....more

New York Salary History Inquiry Ban

by Dentons on

On May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law Introduction Number 1253-A, which prohibits employers from inquiring about a job candidate's salary history during the hiring process. Dentons' Employment and...more

Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 5, 2017 DHS rescinded the June 15, 2012 memorandum issued by President Obama which established the “DACA” program. The “DACA” rescission requires individuals that are seeking an extension of their status to file...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: The End is Near!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Governor Jerry Brown has till October 15 to approve bills the Legislature sent to his desk by its Friday, September 15, deadline, including bills that would require employers to ”show us the money” for...more

California Takes One Step Closer to Imposing Reporting Requirements and Public Shaming for Employer Pay Gaps

When we last checked in on AB 1209, the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act, the proposed legislation was making its way through the California Senate. After making a few key amendments, the Senate passed the bill on September 7,...more

Responding To SCDEW: The Payoff For Employers

There are several ways that employers can keep their unemployment insurance (UI) tax rate down. First, it is beneficial to learn how the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (“SCDEW”) determines the...more

Discharge Of Employee Who Protested Illegal Policy By Himself Ran Afoul Of NLRA, Federal Appeals Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An employee who was discharged after protesting an admittedly illegal policy was entitled to reinstatement and back pay despite having acted on his own, the federal appeals court in New York has ruled, enforcing a National...more

Status of State Plan Implementation of OSHA’s E-Recordkeeping Data Submission Rule

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

OSHA’s Final Rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” (aka the E-Recordkeeping Rule) requires employers of certain sizes that fall into certain categories to proactively submit electronic injury and...more

Salary History Inquiry Bill Down But Far From Out

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On June 28, 2017, HB 2462, an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act, passed both chambers of Illinois General Assembly. The bill would have made an employer’s inquiry into an applicants’ wage, benefits, and other...more

Employers Should Engage In The Interactive Process Even If They Believe The Employee Is Not Qualified.

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Diligent and well informed employers know that it is the best practice to engage in an individualized assessment of a requested accommodation. Sometimes an employer may be tempted to refuse to discuss an accommodation because...more

No Summer Breaks for the EEOC

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As many of us settle into September, with fond memories of our summer vacations, do not think that the federal agencies were on a hiatus. In fact and despite predictions that the EEOC under the new administration would be...more

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