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Nevada Expands Protections for Pregnant Workers

by Littler on

Nevada first included sex as a protected category in 1967. That year, the legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 7, which included for the first time sex discrimination as an unlawful employment practice. Twenty-one years...more

Massachusetts House Passes Bill to Expand Protections for Pregnant Workers

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.3680). If the bill becomes law, it will expand employment protections for pregnant workers in...more

Greater Protections During Pregnancy on the Horizon in Massachusetts

by Locke Lord LLP on

Massachusetts may soon enact The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which Speaker Robert DeLeo has identified as a priority. It recently won the approval of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, which unanimously...more

Avoiding Illegal Termination of Employees in Nevada

by Dickinson Wright on

One of the many challenges for employers is that, occasionally, employees must be terminated. Unfortunately, sometimes those former employees claim to have been terminated illegally, giving rise to the risk of legal and...more

Properly Accommodating Pregnant Employees in Hazardous Workplaces

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The settlement of a recent pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against RTG Furniture Corp., provides a valuable reminder to employers that even well-intentioned...more

A Review of the EEOC's Systemic Initiative: Tracking its Progress, Current Priorities, and Key Developments in FY 2016

by Littler on

On November 16, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its annual Performance and Accountability Report, which highlights key EEOC developments over the past fiscal year, ending September 30,...more

Are You Ready for Colorado's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

New accommodation and notice requirements are effective next week. With a law signed earlier this summer, Colorado became the 17th state to require private-sector employers to provide certain accommodations to pregnant...more

Three New Colorado Employment Laws on the Horizon: Employment Verification, Pregnancy Accommodations and Personnel-File Inspection

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Colorado General Assembly passed three laws in 2016 that affect Colorado employers. This legal update briefly describes the new laws and suggests steps employers should take to assure future compliance: - Colorado...more

New Colorado Laws Grant Employees Access to Personnel Files, Right to Pregnancy Accommodations

by Bryan Cave on

The Colorado General Assembly ended the 2016 session by passing significant employment legislation. In June 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 16-1432, granting employees access to personnel...more

Colorado Employers: New Pregnancy Accommodation Law Prohibits Discrimination, Requires Reasonable Accommodations

by Messner Reeves LLP on

On June 1st, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill that requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. This law goes into effect on August 10, 2016....more

NYC Issues Guidance on Protections for Pregnant Employees

On May 6, 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued guidance that defines what constitutes pregnancy discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and provides clear examples of when and...more

Landis Communities and Landis Homes Retirement Community Will Pay $132,500 to Resolve EEOC Suit

Nursing Home Terminated Pregnant Nursing Supervisor Who Requested a Lifting Accommodation, Conducted Unlawful Medical Inquiry, and Refused Rehire Because of Her Disability, Federal Agency Says - PHILADELPHIA - Nursing...more

New York State Adds Protected Classifications and Remedies for Workplace Discrimination

by Morgan Lewis on

The new laws are designed to protect equality for female employees in New York State; Governor also proposes regulations that would extend protections to transgender employees. On October 21, New York Governor Andrew...more

Straight From The Source: EEOC’s 10 Hottest Litigation Trends

Last week I heard David Lopez, General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, speak about EEOC litigation developments at the annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law conference....more

Double Whammy For Employer Who Won’t Accommodate Pregnancy — But Will The EEOC’s Case Survive?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit last week in a federal court in Pennsylvania against Landis Communities (retirement communities), claiming that Landis unlawfully refused to accommodate the pregnancy and...more

RI Employers (Large and Small) Required to Accommodate Healthy Pregnant Workers and New Moms. No, FMLA Leave is Not Enough.

Last month, the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act was amended to require employers with 4 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to employees and prospective employees with a “condition”. Such...more

Four Big Takeaways from Illinois' Proposed Pregnancy Accommodation Rules

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Illinois employers, take note—in mid-July, the State's Department of Human Rights published its proposed rules implementing the State's new pregnancy discrimination law. As readers of this blog will know, the new law took...more

A U.S. Employer’s Guide to Basic UK Employment and Immigration Laws

by Locke Lord LLP on

UK employment law is constantly developing and it has been challenging for employers to keep up with the changes in recent years. All employers in the UK, no matter how big or small, are required to comply with these laws or...more

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2014 - 2015 Term

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

During the United States Supreme Court’s 2014-2015 term, the Court departed from the pro-business reputation it had developed in labor and employment cases. This term, employees prevailed more often than not, including in...more

New Illinois Laws in 2015: What Employers Should Know

Ban the Box - Joining the current “Ban the Box” trend, effective January 1, 2015, the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act prohibits Illinois employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record...more

Illinois Employment Law Update

As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our clients with Illinois operations about the recent legislative changes with which Illinois employers must be familiar. A number of the laws are...more

A Reader Asks: “Is It Me, Or Has Job Interviewing Become Really Complicated?”

Last week, I wrote about the two situations in which an employer should ask an applicant about a disability or a religious belief or practice that might require reasonable accommodation. (As I emphasized last week, 99 percent...more

Roseland Community Hospital Sued By EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Agency Charges South Side Hospital Refused to Accommodate And Fired Pregnant Employee - CHICAGO - Roseland Community Hospital, on Chicago's South Side, violated federal law when it refused to accommodate an employee...more

Workplace Protections Expanded for Job Applicants and Pregnant Employees in Illinois

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On Tuesday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced he signed the Law to Stop Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in the Workplace and thereby expanded workplace protections to job applicants and employees experiencing...more

Act Now Advisory: Illinois Restricts Employer Inquiries on Criminal Convictions and Adds Pregnancy Protections

by Epstein Becker & Green on

A new law that takes effect on January 1, 2015—known as the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act ("Act")—prohibits an Illinois employer with 15 or more employees from inquiring about or considering an applicant's...more

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