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Sexual Orientation Discrimination Executive Orders

Leaked Draft Executive Order to Respect Religious Freedom Disrespects the LGBTQ Community

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Last summer, Donald Trump received recognition for being the first Republican presidential nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his acceptance speech. If you didn’t actually listen to his speech or read the transcript,...more

What Can Employers Expect from the Trump Administration in the Upcoming Year?

by FordHarrison on

It has been a little less than a month since President Donald Trump took office, and employers are anxious to see what changes the new administration will make that will affect both businesses and employees. President Trump...more

President Announces Continuation of E.O. 13672 Protections for Government Contractors

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 31, 2017, the White House announced that it will continue to enforce the workplace protections for sexual orientation and gender identity put in place under Executive Order 13672. On...more

Don’t Go Changing: White House Keeping Obama LGBTQ Order in Place

Over the weekend several media outlets reported that a draft executive order was being circulated that overturned President Obama’s 2014 directive prohibiting federal employers and contractors from discriminating on the basis...more

Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Prohibited by Title VII, Federal Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The prohibition against sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act extends to sexual orientation, Judge Cathy Bissoon of the Western District of Pennsylvania has ruled. EEOC v. Scott Medical Health Ctr., No....more

Government Contracting and Executive Orders Under a Trump Administration - Part One

by Snell & Wilmer on

With President-elect Trump’s victory, what is the future of President Barack Obama’s executive orders? As President Obama’s administration winds down, the Department of Labor has finalized regulations implementing several...more

The Potential Impact Of a Trump Presidency on Employers

by Carlton Fields on

Based on promises made during the campaign, it appears employers may expect changes in the government’s approach to workplace regulation. Although we certainly do not have a crystal ball, President-elect Trump campaigned on a...more

Get Ready to Rumble—DOJ Alerts North Carolina Governor that New Bathroom Law Violates Federal Statutes

The head of the federal Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division wrote to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory that HB2 (see our previous blog posts about HB2 here and here), a law banning public agencies from allowing...more

Louisiana Governor Institutes Sexual Orientation and Transgender Protections for State Workers and Contractors

by Baker Donelson on

On April 13, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11 prohibiting discrimination or harassment by Louisiana state agencies against individuals based on their sexual orientation or...more

After Second Thought……..North Carolina Governor Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Portions of Controversial Law

Just weeks after he signed HB 2, which covered transgender bathroom access, on April 12, North Carolina Governor Pat McCory signed an Executive Order clarifying and apparently attempting to repeal certain aspects of the law. ...more

Louisiana Governor Signs LGBT Discrimination Executive Order in Public Employment and Services

On April 13, 2016, Louisiana’s new governor, John Bel Edwards, signed an executive order protecting state employees and employees of state contractors from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual...more

What North Carolina Employers Need To Know About New "Bathroom Law"

by Fisher Phillips on

On April 12, 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued an Executive Order to clarify and somewhat lessen the impact of what has widely been referred to as the state’s new “bathroom law.” The new law, passed a few weeks...more

Wolf Signs Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Orders

On April 7, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed two executive orders barring discrimination against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Executive Order 2016-04 prohibits government agencies from...more

Wolf Signs LGBT Antidiscrimination Orders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf yesterday signed two executive orders (EOs) that prohibit discrimination against employees of the Commonwealth as well as Commonwealth contractors and grantees on the basis of sexual orientation...more

News from Second and State

The capitol was a hive of activity this week, with both House of Representatives and the Senate in session for the start of a two-week stretch before the primary election. On Monday, the House Health Committee reported out...more

Beware the Landmines: New and Coming Labor and Employment Explosions

During 2014-16, there has been an explosion of labor & employment “laws” through Executive Orders, new regulations and proposed regulations. Some of the requirements apply to all employers, while those issued by Presidential...more

President Obama to Issue Executive Order Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

We recently learned that President Obama plans to issue an Executive Order mandating paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors and subcontractors. This comes as no surprise as the President has utilized his power...more

Is Mandatory Paid Sick Leave on the Horizon for Federal Contractors?

by FordHarrison on

The next big change for federal contractors may be a requirement that they provide paid sick leave to employees. According to the New York Times, President Obama has drafted an executive order that would require federal...more

EEOC Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

On the heels of the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage, the EEOC held on July 15, 2015 that sex discrimination under Title VII includes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Even...more

The Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Decision - Potential Impact on the Workplace

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

In its recent landmark Obergefell decision, the United States Supreme Court held that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all states. Many employers will have to decide whether to continue benefits for...more

DOL Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination against LGBT Individuals in Government Contracting Effective April 2015

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 3, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The final rule implements Executive Order (EO)...more

The New OFCCP Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Protections Are Now In Effect

Yesterday, Executive Order (“EO”) 11246, as amended by EO 13762, officially went into effect, representing the first time in the federal sector that sexual orientation and gender identity have been expressly protected. On...more

New OFCCP Regulations Protecting LGBT Workers Now In Effect

As you may recall, last July, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. While many large federal...more

Keep an Eye on Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda for Key Employment Initiatives in 2015

by Barley Snyder on

With Republicans in control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the showdown between President Obama and Congress on the labor and employment front promises to continue into 2015. Expect to see the...more

OFCCP's Final Rule Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination by Federal Contractors Takes Effect April 8, 2015

by FordHarrison on

The OFCCP's final rule implementing President Obama's Executive Order (EO 13672) prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity takes effect April 8, 2015. ...more

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