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Direct Optical to Pay $53,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Farmington Hills Optical Store Fired Employee Because of Request for Service Dog, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Direct Optical, Inc., an optical store in Farmington Hills, Mich., will pay $53,000 and furnish other...more

Philadelphia Employers Required to Provide Written Notice of Employment Law Protections for Pregnant Women by April 20, 2014

In January 2014, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed into law an amendment to the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, expanding local law employment protections for pregnant women. As we reported in our March 10,...more

Due Date: Philadelphia Employers Must Post Notice Regarding Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers by April 20, 2014

As we reported on February 16, 2014, Philadelphia now requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees. The amended Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance also requires Philadelphia employers to...more

Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Issues New Pregnancy Rights Notice

On January 20, 2014, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed an amendment to the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance expressly banning discrimination based upon pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition and imposing...more

NYC And Philly Pass Laws On Reasonable Accommodations For Pregnant Employees

Philadelphia and New York City recently passed ordinances that increase workplace protections for pregnant employees. These new laws affirmatively compel employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with needs...more

Philadelphia Amends Fair Practices Ordinance to Require Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy and Childbirth

On January 20, 2014, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed into law an amendment to the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance, expanding local law employment protections for pregnant women. The amendment, which became...more

Pregnancy Accommodation Laws Abound

You may recall that we reported that United States Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would adopt the reasonable accommodation framework of the Americans with Disabilities Act for...more

Philadelphia Joins a Growing List of Jurisdictions Requiring Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

Philadelphia now expressly requires employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations to pregnant employees and thus joins in a growing trend of jurisdictions expanding the rights of pregnant women in the workplace...more

New Jersey Employers Face New Pregnancy Accommodation Requirements

On January 21, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Pregnant Worker’s Fairness Act (PWFA) after nearly unanimous support in the State Assembly and Senate. The PWFA, which took effect immediately, applies to...more

Philadelphia Enacts Pregnancy Accommodation Law

An amendment to the city’s ordinance enhances protections for nondisabled employees affected by pregnancy or childbirth and imposes greater accommodation requirements on employers. ...more

Philadelphia Latest to Protect Pregnancy, Require Reasonable Accommodation

Philadelphia recently amended the city's fair practices ordinance to expand the protections against discrimination for employees based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The amendment, which is similar...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2014

In This Issue: - FAMILY TRIP HELD PROTECTED BY FMLA - Court Finds Worker Continued To Care For Her Ill Mother - WELCOME TO FABULOUS LAS VEGAS! Workplace Strategies 2014 Heading Toward A Sellout - Wage & Hour....more

New York City Pregnancy Accommodation Law Now in Effect

The most recent amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law takes effect January 30, 2014. It requires employers to reasonably accommodate employees based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions unless...more

New Jersey Now Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law last week a bill that specifically adds pregnancy to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD) and requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to pregnant...more

New Jersey Employers Are Now Required To Accommodate Pregnant Workers

On January 21, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation (effective immediately) that expands the rights of pregnant women in the workplace. This legislation signals a growing trend of employee-protective...more

New Jersey Expressly Protects Pregnancy, Requires Reasonable Accommodation

On January 21, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed S2995 to amend New Jersey's Law Against Discrimination (LAD) by expanding protections against discrimination for employees affected by pregnancy. The amendment, which is...more

Act Now Advisory: January 2014 New Arrival: New York City's Reasonable Accommodation Law (and Accompanying Notice Requirements)...

As we previously reported (see the Act Now Advisory titled "New York City Human Rights Law Expanded to Require Employers to Reasonably Accommodate Pregnant Employees"), on October 2, 2013, former New York City Mayor Michael...more

Three Requirements For New York Employers In The New Year

This is a friendly reminder to clients employing workers in New York that they need to comply with the annual pay notice requirement of the state’s Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) by February 1, 2014. As with previous years,...more

Bill to Amend New Jersey Law Against Discrimination To Include Protections For Pregnant Workers Passed By Legislature, Awaits...

Both houses of the New Jersey legislature have passed a bill that would amend the Law Against Discrimination to include protections for pregnant workers, including reasonable workplace accommodations and unpaid leave. ...more

Expansion of Employment Protections for Employees Who Are Crime Victims, Including Obligations to Provide Reasonable...

Existing laws prohibit an employer from discharging, discriminating, or retaliating against an employee who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault for taking time off from work in connection with court proceedings...more

Take 5 Newsletter: An Employer's "Top 5" Action Items for 2014

It's December, and human resources professionals and law departments are reflecting on the issues addressed in 2013 and giving thanks for incident-free holiday parties. But the big question is this: What issues should get...more

More Protections for Pregnant Workers on the Horizon in New Jersey

The New Jersey Senate committee recently advanced S-2995, the Pregnant Women’s Fairness Act, a bill sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg, which would prohibit workplace discrimination against pregnant women. Specifically,...more

New York’s Highest Court Rules Indefinite Leave Is Not A Reasonable Accommodation Under State Human Rights Law, But May Be Under...

New York’s highest court recently reinstated a former bank executive’s disability discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) and affirmed the dismissal of his claim under the New York State Human...more

Act Now Advisory: New York City Human Rights Law Expanded to Require Employers to Reasonably Accommodate Pregnant Employees

On October 2, 2013, following a unanimous New York City Council vote, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill amending the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL") to require most New York City employers to reasonably...more

New York City Expressly Requires Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Employees, Adds Notice Obligations

On October 2, 2013, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Int. No. 974-2012A to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) by expanding protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. The NYCHRL, as...more

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