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Illinois Passes Religious Garb Law Clarifying Religious Protections Under Illinois Human Rights Law

On August 11, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Public Act 100-100, known as the “Religious Garb Law.” The law amends the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) by clarifying the scope of protection for...more

Everything Else You Need to Know About New York City’s FCA—New Rules Effective August 5, 2017

New York City has issued new rules interpreting the city’s Fair Chance Act (FCA). These rules, which went into effect on August 5, 2017, provide clarification and guidance on how employers can comply with the requirements of...more

When is an employee a qualified individual with a disability under the MHRA?

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Maine’s highest court recently weighed in on what it means to be a qualified individual with a disability under the Maine Human Rights Act. Affirming a summary judgment in favor of the employer in Carcinella v. Mercy...more

Only “Open Access” students attending Catholic separate secondary schools in Ontario may opt-out of religion classes: confusion...

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The recent media attention over the Ontario Human Rights Commission settlement involving a student who alleged discrimination when she sought an exemption from religion classes has caused confusion as to whether all...more

Avoiding State Law Pitfalls (Part 1 of 4)

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This is the first hypothetical in our series showing how well-intentioned employers can violate unfamiliar state laws. Navigating the treacherous waters of federal employment law is not easy. ...more

Canada expands protection of individual rights with new legislation on genetic testing and privacy

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Significant legislative changes are on the horizon in the field of genetic testing with Parliament’s recent passage of Bill S-201: An Act to Prohibit and Prevent Genetic Discrimination (“Act”). The Act will implement broad...more

New York City Employers Will Soon Be Restricted in Asking Applicants About Salary Histories

On April 5, 2017, the New York City Council passed Intro No. 1253-2016 restricting an employer’s ability to ask job applicants about their salary, benefits, or other compensation history during the hiring process. The...more

Eighth Circuit Methodically Rejects Plaintiff’s Allegations of Pretext in Age Discrimination Case

On March 1, 2017, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision affirming summary judgment in an age discrimination claim under the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Although the case, Nash v. Optomec, Inc., did...more

B.C. and Canada Adopting Gender Identity and Gender Expression Human Rights Protections

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Both the British Columbia and the Federal Government have recently introduced legislation to amend their respective human rights legislation to include gender identity and gender expression among the protected grounds of...more

Demystifying Canadian employment and labor law

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Because Canada is a confederation of provinces and territories, each with the power to pass employment and labor laws, determining the applicable law in a particular situation can be perplexing to a newcomer to the nation's...more

Broadway's 'Hamilton' Teaches Lessons To Employers

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A recent controversy over the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” can teach employers a valuable lesson about hiring and making other employment decisions. The producers of the show were accused of discriminatory hiring practices...more

Labour and Employment Criminal Background Checks

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In an increasingly competitive business environment, it is perhaps more important than ever for employers to exercise prudence and caution in hiring and maintaining their workforce. Background checks, including criminal...more

AODA: Where are we? - News for Ontario retailers

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Why is the AODA important to retailers? The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) has the goal of making the province of Ontario fully accessible by 2025. The first component required accessible...more

New York Employers Should Be Aware of Laws Protecting Employees Who Are Victims of Domestic Violence

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This article, reporting on a significant settlement of a claim of wrongful termination of an employee who was a victim of domestic violence, should serve as a reminder for all New York employers. As reported by the New York...more

Canadian Employment News Series: BC Supreme Court overturns Human Rights Tribunal record award for injury to dignity

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We reported previously on the decision of the Human Rights Tribunal in University of British Columbia v. Kelly. In that decision, the Human Rights Tribunal concluded that the University of British Columbia had discriminated...more

Trial Court’s Dismissal of Sexual-Orientation Discrimination Claim Was Proper Says Divided Missouri Court of Appeals

In Pittman v. Cook Paper Recycling Corp., WD 77973 (Mo. App. W.D. Oct. 27, 2015) a divided panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District affirmed the dismissal of an employee’s claim of discrimination based...more

New Women’s Equality Act Legislation Raises Bar for New York Firms

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law eight (8) bills forming the bulk of the Women’s Equality Act, originally introduced in the New York State Legislature in 2012. The legislation amends the New York Labor Law and the...more

Sexist Comments in Blog Post by Union President not Discrimination “With Respect to Employment”

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In Taylor-Baptiste v. Ontario Public Service Employees Union, the Ontario Court of Appeal was faced with the question of whether sexist and offensive posts on a blog created by a union member to discuss workplace issues...more

A Confidential Consultation?

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The Court of Appeal reaffirms the qualified nature of legal professional privilege. In the recent case of R v Edward Brown (formerly Latham) the Court of Appeal held that it was appropriate, in certain circumstances, to...more

Iranian Bank Entitled To Recover Damages For Losses Suffered As A Result Of Unlawful Treasury Restrictions

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We consider here the judgment of the High Court (Commercial Court) in Mellat v HM Treasury [2015] EWHC 1258 (Comm) (6 May 2015). The judgment relates to three preliminary issues of law in a claim by an Iranian bank, Bank...more

Reflections on “Privacy in the Modern Age”

With the heart of the summer vacation season upon us, it seems like a good time for some reflection. Here, it comes in the form of excerpts from an essay by privacy maven, Deborah Hurley. The one time Director of the Harvard...more

New York City Council Bans the Box

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Following closely on the heels of a citywide bill restricting employer’s use of credit information for employment decisions, on June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed a new bill restricting an employer’s ability to...more

Ontario Superior Court Awards Damages for Family Status Discrimination

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Justice Healy’s January 2015 decision in Patridge v Botony Dental Corporation is likely to be on many lists of top human rights law decisions already decided this year. Besides awarding damages under the Human Rights Code,...more

2015 Virginia Employment Law Pocket Guide

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In this Guide: - Employment At-Will - Right to Work - Employment of Children - Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts - Virginia Human Rights Act - Virginians with Disabilities...more

The OHRC’s Christmas Present – A New Statement on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Ontario’s Human Rights Commission issued a statement on November 25, 2014 in relation to sexual harassment and the Ontario Human Rights Code. The statement reminds employers as to what constitutes sexual harassment as well as...more

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