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The Interactive Process Is a Two-Way Street: Ninth Circuit Finds Employee’s Inadequate Effort Doomed ADA Claim

“Once an employer becomes aware of the need for accommodation, that employer has a mandatory obligation under the ADA to engage in an interactive process with the employee to identify and implement appropriate reasonable...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect April 1, 2018

by FordHarrison on

A new Massachusetts law, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, will expand existing legal protections for pregnant employees beginning April 1, 2018. Most notably, employers will be required to provide reasonable accommodations...more

California Corner: New Notice Requirements Regarding Domestic Violence Victims’ Rights and LA’s Ban the Box Ordinance

by Vedder Price on

California Labor Code sections 230 and 230.1 provide certain rights to employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, including the right to take time off from work relating to such issues and the...more

EEOC Sues Wynn Las Vegas for Disability Discrimination

Employee with Ovarian Cancer Denied Leave and Fired, Federal Agency Charged - LAS VEGAS - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against the Wynn Las Vegas hotel/casino for violating...more

Faulty Issues With No Fault Attendance Policies

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Many of our clients have no fault attendance policies by which the employees are assessed a point or half of a point for each tardy, absence or for leaving their shift early. Once the employee meets the required number of...more

Disasters and the Workforce: Navigating Stormy Waters

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Thousands of Florida coastal residents were ordered to evacuate last week in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, even as their employers remained open. A pizza restaurant manager made headlines when he threatened action against...more

River Region Medical Center to Pay $100,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Vicksburg Health Care Provider Fired 36-Year Employee Over Shoulder Surgery Recovery Issues, Federal Agency Charged - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Vicksburg Healthcare, LLC, dba River Region Medical Center, which provides inpatient...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2017

Jobseeker Website May Be Compelled To Disclose Identity Of Anonymous Posters Who Criticized Employer - ZL Technologies, Inc. v. Does 1-7, 13 Cal. App. 5th 603 (2017) - ZL Technologies brought suit, alleging libel per se and...more

Two Weeks Until New Protections for Pregnant Employees Become Effective

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

For those unfamiliar with the way a lot of Connecticut laws get implemented, October 1st could seem like just another day. (Though for my kids, they would be impressed that it was a different October 1st in 1982 that EPCOT...more

Spoliation And The Dangers Of Failing To Preserve Evidence

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In a case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. GMRI Inc., the EEOC recently argued that a restaurant chain acted in bad faith, and should be...more

Indefinite Leave Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under Connecticut Law

by Murtha Cullina on

On September 5, 2017, the Connecticut Appellate Court affirmed the Superior Court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of the employer in a case involving the thorny issue of whether an extended leave of absence is a...more

Hurricane Irma: 10 Challenges for Employers

by Littler on

Hurricane Irma shows no sign of relenting as it barrels toward Florida and the Southeast Coast of the United States. As noted in a prior Littler article about Irma, safety and security are the top priorities at this point....more

Expanded Protections for Working Mothers in San Francisco

Effective January 1, 2018, San Francisco will expand available protections for nursing mothers working within city limits. California law currently requires employers to provide lactating employees with a reasonable amount of...more

Nevada’s Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act Becomes Effective October 1, 2017: What Employers Need To Know

by Payne & Fears on

Nevada’s Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act (NPWFA) expands the scope of protections provided to female employees for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The NPWFA takes effect on October...more

Not Giving Employees Something (Namely a Discrimination Complaint) To Talk About

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

There’s an old(?) Bonnie Raitt song that my parents used to listen to when I was in college called “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About”. It’s about a crush, but the intro could be just as applicable to a new court...more

Washington Enacts Healthy Starts Act: New Workplace Accommodation Protections For Pregnant Employees

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Washington recently enacted new workplace accommodation protections for pregnant employees. The Healthy Starts Act (RCW 43.10.005):- Applies to employers of 15 or more employees. ...more

EEOC Sues Blood Bank of Hawaii For Disability Discrimination

Employees With Disabilities Fired for Needing Additional Leave, Federal Agency Charges - HONOLULU, Hawaii - Blood Bank of Hawaii violated federal law when it refused to provide reasonable accommodations for and then fired...more

Campus Companions: How To Handle Requests For Service And Assistance Animals

by Fisher Phillips on

School officials often receive requests from students with disabilities to bring “service animals” and “assistance animals” on campus as an accommodation. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the...more

Balancing Undue Hardship and Reasonable Accommodation with Employees Using Medical Marijuana Lights Up in Massachusetts Court

by LeClairRyan on

In a recent case, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (the “SJC”) held that medical marijuana may constitute a “reasonable accommodation” for employees.  As a result, employers may not terminate employees for failing...more

Employers' Questions Answered: San Francisco's Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance

by Allen Matkins on

San Francisco's Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance will become effective on January 1, 2018. The Ordinance imposes requirements that go beyond those that federal and California law already impose on employers and will...more

“Hold My Position Open Indefinitely” Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation, Court Rules

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Connecticut Appellate Court today released an important disability discrimination decision that gives employers some support for employees who struggle with employees who ask for “accommodations” for an indefinite leave...more

New IHRA Amendment on Religious Accommodations: What Does It Mean for Illinois Employers?

A recent amendment (Public Act 100-0100) to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) makes clear that employers in Illinois may have dress codes or grooming policies for the purposes of maintaining workplace safety or food...more

ADA Compliance Challenges: Navigating The Over-Accommodation Conundrum

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Make no mistake about it: ADA compliance can be challenging. This is especially true when it comes to providing reasonable accommodation. Not uncommonly, managers wanting to do the right thing actually provide more than the...more

Are maximum leave policies legal?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

An employer has agreed to pay $2 million to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to the EEOC and court records. ...more

Reparando los Daños: Las Responsabilidades del Empleador como Consecuencia del Huracán Harvey

by Littler on

El huracán Harvey está inundando implacablemente el sureste de Texas y las áreas aledañas, resultando en inundaciones y daños sin precedentes. A medida que la tormenta se agrava, muchos empleadores se han preguntado cómo...more

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