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Annual Compensations Must Be Posted by Local Government Agencies in California

Law That Takes Effect Jan. 1 Requires Sharing Public Employee Pay Information Online - Starting Jan. 1, local public agencies will be required to post information on the annual compensation of their elected officials,...more

Justice Department Extends Title VII Protection to Transgender Government Employees

In a surprising reversal, on December 18, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") will now interpret Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII") as...more

New Compensation Data Requirements Increase Burdens in Upcoming OFCCP Audits

Despite concerns regarding data security issues and potential compliance burdens, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently notified more than 2,500 entities of upcoming audits...more

What is the Illinois Public Employee Disability Act?

The Illinois Public Employee Disability Act was passed in 1997 to protect public employees who face dangerous conditions in the line of duty. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5.6 out of 100 public employees...more

Pension News - October 2014

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions News publication in which we report on recent developments in pensions legislation, guidance and case law, as well as keeping you up to speed on what to look out for in the coming...more

Legislation That Makes Minimum Manning for Firefighters a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining Awaits Governor’s Signature

Last week, the Illinois Senate passed House Bill 5485, and the bill now awaits action by Governor Quinn. If signed by Governor Quinn, the bill would immediately go into effect and amend the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act...more

Federal work refusals now require “imminent or serious threat”

Federal employers have a new definition of “danger” to apply, and an updated work refusal process to use, effective October 31, 2014. The federal government amended the definition of “danger” to, according to a...more

Sex, Lies, and The FOIA: Wotjas v. Town of Stonington and The Disclosure of Sexual Harassment Complaints, Regardless of “Guilt.”

This author wrote previously on the status of sexual harassment investigations under the Freedom of Information Act [”FOIA”]. In a case that has grabbed some notoriety; the Freedom of Information Commission [“FOIC”] has...more

Summary of 2014 Connecticut Legislative Enactments Affecting The Public Schools and Public-Sector Employers

In This Issue: - Interpreters Standards For Students With Hearing Impairments - Preschool And DCF - Health Assessment Forms for Use by Youth Camps and Day Care Providers - English Language Learner...more

Supremes Rule That Trial Speech is Protected Speech – Part 1

This morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision affecting public employers and employee First Amendment rights to free speech. Lane v. Franks et al., No. 13-483 (U.S. June 19, 2014) Central Alabama Community...more

Louisiana Joins the Password Protected Trend

On May 22, 2014, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the "Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act." The measure, effective immediately, bans employers, including state and local governments, from requesting...more

Minnesota Legislature Establishes New Requirements for Public Contractors

On May 16, 2014, the Minnesota Legislature enacted a new statute that sets out several criteria for contractors bidding on public construction projects. The statute is effective as of January 1, 2015, and attempts to enhance...more

Employee Benefit Plan is Governmental Plan, Even Though Employees are Not, says District Court in 11th Circuit.

It is a deceptively simple statement: Governmental employee benefit plans are exempt from ERISA. 29 U.S.C. § 1003(b)(1). But what about an employee benefit plan of an entity affiliated with a governmental entity, but whose...more

Houston Passes Controversial Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Late in the evening on May 28th, the Houston City Council passed a city ordinance that prohibits discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or trans-gender status. ...more

Paraprofessional FMLA Regulations Formally Adopted: School Paraprofessionals Will Now Be Eligible For FMLA Leave Once They Have...

On May 12, 2014, the Connecticut Secretary of State’s website posted the Department of Labor’s Family and Medical Leave for School Paraprofessionals final regulations. Under the new regulations, Connecticut school districts...more

Ain't No Sunshine for the Common Interest Privilege

Life in the public sector is just that: public. With the California Public Records Act and countless local sunshine ordinances, most public employees are keenly aware that much of what they write — be it in a report, letter,...more

Kennebec County v. Maine Public Employees Retirement System: An Important Ruling for Maine’s Governmental Employers

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court (Law Court) recently handed down an important ruling limiting the administrative authority of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MPERS). In Kennebec County v. Maine Public...more

OFCCP Expected to Issue Pay Data Tool and Retaliation Proposed Rules Later this Year

According to the Labor Department’s semiannual regulatory agenda, released on May 23, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) plans to issue proposed rules regarding federal contractor compensation...more

Rochester, New York Joins The "Ban-the-Box Movement"

On May 22, 2014, the City of Rochester became the second city in New York to “ban the box,” by adopting legislation restricting the timing of pre-employment inquiries by most Rochester public and private employers into a...more

New Delaware Law “Encourages” State Vendors to “Ban the Box”

Delaware’s Governor recently signed a “ban the box” law to prohibit public employers from inquiring into or considering the credit or criminal history of a job candidate during the initial application process (up to and...more

Can A GPS Result In TMI?

The answer is “yes” – tracking employees by using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) can give an employer too much information (TMI). Surreptitious Surveillance In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held (in the case of U.S....more

Seventh Circuit Reminds Public Employers That Whistleblowing Employees Are Not Immune From All Discipline

The Seventh Circuit recently upheld the lower court’s summary judgment in favor of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Schurtz High School administrators in a teacher’s action alleging violations of her First and Fourteenth...more

A Tale of Equal Pay Laws to Come? How Two New Executive Actions for Federal Contractors Could Eventually Affect All Employers

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum that, according to the White House, are aimed at combating pay discrimination and strengthening the enforcement of equal pay...more

CalPERS May Calculate Retirement Benefits for a City Council Member Separately From His Benefits as a City Employee

A city administrator-turned-elected city council member believed his retirement benefits would be based on his highest salary multiplied by all his years of service, including his years on the city council; however CalPERS...more

New York City Looks to Expand its Paid Sick Leave Law Before it Takes Effect in April 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio and incoming Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito recently announced at a joint press conference that the New York City Council will look to expand the Earned Sick Time Act in the coming days. The...more

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