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The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 3 “Transgender Work Opportunity Act”

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It’s the end of the year and while everyone is busy, employers in California should be aware of new laws and regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2018. In the spirit of the season, we are using the next “12 days of...more

Google Dodges Gender Discrimination Class Action For Now

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Ellis v. Google, Inc., No. CGC-17-561299 (Cal Sup. Ct. Dec. 4, 2017), Judge Mary Wiss of the Superior Court of California granted a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by Google employees...more

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

In a ruling today, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging whether Title VII protects employees from sexual orientation discrimination. The case involved a woman from Georgia who alleged that she was harassed and...more

SCOTUS declines to determine whether Title VII covers sexual orientation

by McAfee & Taft on

In a bit of a surprise move, the U.S. Supreme Court today passed on an opportunity to provide some long-awaited clarity on the interplay between sexual orientation and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In Evans v....more

Employment News - December 2017 #2

by Hogan Lovells on

In this weeks issue: - Employer vicariously liable for employee's data breach - Time and time again - no implied right to bonus through custom and practice - Making progress - gender pay gap toolkit...more

Spokane City Council Approves “Ban-the-Box” Ordinance for Private Sector Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Spokane City Council recently approved a “ban-the-box” ordinance, which, if it becomes law, will prohibit employers from requesting and considering criminal history until after an interview. The Mayor...more

California's New Anti-Harassment Training Requirement (SB 396). Are You Ready?

On October 15, 2017, California passed Senate Bill (SB) 396, a new law that requires employers to train supervisors on how to identify and prevent harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation....more

Medical Marijuana is Coming—Is Your Business Ready?

In 2018, Arkansas businesses will face for the first time the prospect that job applicants and employees will produce a medical marijuana registry ID card approved by the Arkansas Department of Health (“ADH”) in response to a...more

Time for employers to up their game for preventing workplace harassment

by McAfee & Taft on

Franken. Lauer. Spacey. Weinstein. Moore. And others. There is no question that in 2018 all employers will be facing growing harassment challenges. That means now is a critical time to assess the effectiveness of your policy,...more

EEO-1 Pay Data Disclosure Requirement on Hold, Being Reconsidered by EEOC

by FordHarrison on

Title VII requires employers to make and keep records relevant to the determination of whether unlawful employment practices have occurred or are occurring, and to produce those records to the U.S. Equal Employment...more

Illinois Law Requires Quick Action on Sexual Harassment Policies for Units of Local Government

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In light of the recent spotlight in entertainment, government, media, and the law regarding unlawful harassment in the workplace, the Illinois legislature has recently taken action to ensure local governments have a handle on...more

The Basics of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Posting

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In yesterday’s post, I talked about the basics of what is and is not “sexual harassment”. Continuing the theme of going back to the basics, employers in the Constitution State have certain posting and training requirements...more

The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 2 "Salary History"

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It’s the end of the year and while everyone is busy, employers in California should be aware of new laws and regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2018. In the spirit of the season, we are using the next "12 days of...more

Google It: Pay Equity Class Action Complaint Dismissed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first case of its kind under the California Fair Pay Act, a court dismissed a pay equity class claim against Google, holding that alleging wage discrimination for “all women” does not plead enough...more

Sexual Harassment 2018: It Is Your Business

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Sexual harassment in the workplace (at least in most workplaces) has been unlawful for more than 30 years. Companies are required to post information about federal and state law (where applicable) identifying sex...more

EEOC Seeks Input on FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released for public comment a draft of its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022, the agency announced today. The draft plan can be found at...more

Update on State and Local Bans on Salary History Inquiries

by Goodwin on

A number of jurisdictions have recently passed laws prohibiting employers from inquiring into the salary history of job applicants, sometimes as a part of broader pay equity laws. New York City’s salary inquiry ban is in full...more

Could Congress Ban Arbitration Of Sex Discrimination And Harassment Claims?

by Fisher Phillips on

A bipartisan group of federal legislators has turned their attention to the sweeping revelations of sexual harassment in the American workplace by introducing a bill that would prevent employers from forcing claims of sex...more

Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Who’s Next?—Are you prepared for harassment allegations in your...

by Ruder Ware on

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not new. However, the rash of recent cases reported in Hollywood, Corporate America, and our Federal Government are shining a new spotlight on the issue. As an employer in Wisconsin,...more

Addressing Workplace Harassment in an Age of Heightened Awareness - Four Steps Employers Can Take Now

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The hashtag #MeToo started a long-overdue, nationwide conversation about sexual harassment. It is a source of strength for those who have suffered silently, and revelations about new high-profile harassment cases are emerging...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Key Case On LGBT Rights And Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Oral argument suggests the Supreme Court is narrowly divided on how to reconcile non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals with claims for religious liberty, with Justice Kennedy appearing likely...more

The 12 days of Christmas – California Labor & Employment Edition – Day 1 "Ban the Box"

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It’s the end of the year and while everyone is busy, employers in California should be aware of new laws and regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2018. In the spirit of the season, we are using the next “12 days of...more

Court Refuses To Release Correctional Facility Employer From Age Discrimination Suit, But Orders The EEOC To Identify Aggrieved...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an ADEA action brought by the EEOC alleging that the New Mexico Department of Corrections failed to promote correctional officers over the age of 40, a federal district court in New Mexico denied the...more

How Well Do Your Anti-Harassment Tools Work Overseas?

by Littler on

The 2017 tsunami of high-profile sex harassment allegations against politicians, entertainers and news reporters has employers rethinking their approach to eradicating workplace harassment. And this issue is global—the news...more

Ouch: EEOC Gets Summary Judgment Win Relative To Employer’s Medical Testing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an ADA action alleging that a maker of train components discriminated against a group of applicants by regarding them as disabled, a federal district court in Illinois granted the EEOC’s partial motion...more

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