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Say What? The Legality of English-Only Policies in the Workplace

Can employers require their employees to speak only in English? The answer is sometimes, but employers need to exercise caution when instituting such policies. The EEOC distinguishes between two types of English-only...more

Understanding National Origin Discrimination – Part 1

by Zelle LLP on

In 2000, 7,792 complaints of discrimination based on national origin were filed with the EEOC. By 2002, in part because of the societal effects of 9/11, the number had increased to 9,046. In 2010, 11,304 such complaints...more

EEOC Updates Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

As we observed, the heated tone of the recent presidential election poses unprecedented challenges for employers attempting to manage employee interactions in the workplace, especially when issues related to immigration and...more

New requirement for public sector workers to speak fluent English

by Dentons on

From 21 November 2016, public bodies are under a duty to ensure that staff in customer-facing roles can speak fluent English (or Welsh, in Wales). The government intends to use this development to ensure that the relevant...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Guidance On National Origin Discrimination

by Weintraub Tobin on

On June 2, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released a proposed guidance on national origin discrimination under Title VII, and is seeking public input. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination...more

English-Only Policies in the Age of Multiculturalism

by Fisher Phillips on

The United States has long been referred to as a melting pot. But, some commentators challenge this notion, offering instead that the United States is more akin to a meal of separate and diverse ingredients; an orchestra of...more

New Jersey Legislative Update, Part II: What’s in the Works for New Jersey Employers?

A Higher Minimum Wage in Certain Counties - On March 14, 2016, a bill (A3471) was introduced that would require all employers in Essex, Hudson, Camden, Mercer, and Middlesex counties to pay their employees at least...more

What’s Next at the NLRB? Ask the General Counsel!

On March 22, 2016, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard Griffin released Memorandum GC 16-01, entitled "Mandatory Submissions to the Division of Advice." The memorandum instructs the Board's regional...more

"Limited English Proficiency: An Emerging Compliance Risk"

How consumer financial services providers can meet the needs of a growing population of "limited English proficiency" (LEP) consumers without running afoul of laws prohibiting deceptive practices and discrimination has...more

Ingles Solamente Reglas

English-only rules are not as common as they once were, but many employers still require employees to speak English only in the workplace. Justifications for these rules vary, but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Bennett v. Pima County Community College

Attorneys Obtain Unanimous Defense Verdict in an "English Only" Trial. Georgia Staton and Elizabeth Gilbert, attorneys at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C., obtained a unanimous verdict in favor of Pima County Community...more

Quirky Question #265, Can I have an English-Only Policy?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Question: Our Company may implement a policy that requires employees to speak in the English language. What risks should we be aware of? ...more

ALJ Nixes Hospital's Broad English-Only Rule Under NLRA

For years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has cautioned employers against adopting strict English-only rules in the workplace. The EEOC considers such policies to constitute race and/or national origin...more

Time to Revisit English Only Rules

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Employers have long understood that rules prohibiting employees from speaking languages other than English are subject to attack by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC’s position is that a rule...more

EEOC Cracks Down on Employer English-Only Rules

by Baker Donelson on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed suit against Wisconsin Plastics Inc., accusing the manufacturer of discriminating against its workers on the basis of national origin. The suit centers on the 2012...more

Are Proper Names In A Language?

by Allen Matkins on

My last name is Bishop. In Spanish, it would be Obispo. If I included Obispo in a corporate name, would that be acceptable to the Secretary of State?...more

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