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Workplace Odors Can Provide Basis for Telecommuting Arrangement

As technology makes it more possible for employees to work from remote locations, employers are increasingly faced with requests from employees to work from home. When these requests are based on medical reasons, the employer...more

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

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On July 27, 2017, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”). Once the Act takes effect on April 1, 2018, most employers with employees in Massachusetts will be required to provide...more

Massachusetts Adopts New Workplace Protections for Pregnant Workers

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On July 28, 2017, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”) into law. The PWFA, which will go into effect on April 1, 2018, requires that employers provide reasonable...more

Regional International Sued by EEOC For Firing Employee Who Requested Leave for Surgery

Truck Dealership Refused to Accommodate 'Exceptional' Delivery Driver, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Regional International Corporation, a commercial truck and trailer dealership with locations in Western New York,...more

EEOC Sues Verona Resort & Spa For Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination

Company Failed to Accommodate and Fired Employee Because of Pregnancy-Related Condition, Federal Agency Charges - TAMUNING, Guam - Verona Resort & Spa., a hotel resort and spa in Tamuning, violated federal law when it...more

Massachusetts Finalizes New Pregnancy Workplace Law: What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting

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Massachusetts just joined 21 other states and the District of Columbia by enacting a comprehensive pregnancy workplace law with unanimous support from the legislature, employee advocates, and the Massachusetts business...more

EEOC Sues Wesley Health System / Merit Health Wesley For Disability Discrimination

Company Refused to Accommodate and Fired Employee Because of Arm/Shoulder Injury, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Wesley Health System, LLC, dba Merit Health Wesley, a general medical and surgical hospital...more

San Francisco-Peculiarities: The City’s Ultra-Unique Employment Landscape

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Seyfarth Synopsis: As if high rent and California’s peculiar laws were not enough to worry about, San Francisco employers must also comply with City-specific ordinances. Trailblazing City requirements often exceed state laws...more

As If Leave Laws Aren’t Complicated Enough – Don’t Forget That Leave Can Be a Reasonable Accommodation

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The myriad of leave laws and requirements often make employee leave requests an area of confusion, concern and risk for employers. If an employee has a medical condition and must take leave from their job, there may be...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2017 #4

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Last week, HR Dive reported on a Washington federal court’s June order requiring that a public employer pay $1.8 million to a terminated employee. The worker was fired when she failed a drug test due to her lawful use of...more

Expecting A Big Change: Nevada’s New Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act

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The state legislature recently enacted the Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (NPWFA) to expand the scope of protection for employees and applicants. The NPWFA is based on the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA),...more

Who’s Responsible For Providing Disability-Related Workplace Accommodations To Temporary Employees?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Many businesses use temporary workers placed by staffing agencies. But who is responsible when a temporary worker requests a disability accommodation? The staffing agency and the business could both be responsible if they...more

What You Need To Know About Nevada’s New Domestic Violence Victims’ Law

by Fisher Phillips on

By the turn of the New Year, employers in Nevada will have an obligation to provide workplace protections to domestic violence victims, including time off from work. Starting January 1, 2018, Nevada employees will be entitled...more

Massachusetts Top Court Permits Disability Discrimination Claim for Medicinal Cannabis

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently held in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC that employees have a viable claim for disability discrimination under state law if they suffer an adverse employment...more

Medical Marijuana Usage Protected Under Massachusetts Handicap Discrimination Law

In Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that an employer could be sued for handicap discrimination under state law for firing an employee who tested positive for...more

Chemtrusion to Pay $145,000 to Settle EEOC Class Disability Discrimination Case

Company Screened Out Job Applicants After Medical Examinations Without Any Individualized Assessments on Fitness for Work, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - Chemtrusion, Inc., a Houston-based manufacturing services...more

Use Of Medicinal Marijuana Not A Facially Unreasonable Accommodation Under Massachusetts Employment Discrimination Law

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In a case that may be a precursor of things to come across the country as more and more states “legalize” the medicinal use of marijuana, in a July 17, 2017 decision in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC, SJC...more

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: An Employee's Balm; an Employer's Bane

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On July 17th, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts employers may not terminate an employee merely because of his or her off-site use of medical marijuana. According to the Court, the use of medically-prescribed...more

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana as a Reasonable Accommodation in the Workplace

As our readers know, we have been monitoring decisions regarding the ability of employers to take disciplinary action against employees for using marijuana at work. The most recent high court to weigh in on this topic is the...more

San Francisco Employers Face New Gender Equality Laws

by Fisher Phillips on

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has just added two new employment ordinances to the burgeoning list of employment-related ordinances in the City by the Bay. First, the Parity in Pay Ordinance prohibits employers from...more

Washington Public Employer Hit with $1.8 Million Judgment for Failing to Accommodate Prescription Drug User

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Last month, a Washington federal district court judge ordered an employer to pay a terminated employee a little over $1.8 million in damages for failing to accommodate the employee’s use of opioids that had been prescribed to...more

Request for Leave Not a Reasonable Accommodation for Temporary Employee

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In a decision with important ramifications for temporary staffing agencies and employers that use their services, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) does not entitle...more

Temporary Worker Not Entitled To Leave As A Reasonable Accommodation

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

The Tenth Circuit recently addressed whether an employer had failed to make a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., (“ADA”) regarding a temporary worker’s request for...more

Massachusetts SJC: Medical Marijuana Users May Be Safe from Employer Discrimination

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In a landmark decision that is likely to influence other states, a recent ruling in Massachusetts protects medical marijuana users against discrimination by their employers absent undue hardship....more

Massachusetts High Court Concludes that State Anti-Discrimination Laws Protect Medical Marijuana Users

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

In May 2017, we reported on Callahan v. Darlington Fabrics and the Moore Company, a Rhode Island Superior Court decision that applied workplace anti-discrimination protections to medical marijuana users. Massachusetts has now...more

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