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Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2018 #2

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The Government Shutdown Top 10: Things You Should Know Before You Send Employees Home - Ms. Atallah’s blog creates an invaluable list for government contractors to keep in mind should the government shutdown actually come...more

Sexual Harassment Legal Settlements: What Employers Need To Know About The New Tax Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The new Tax Act prohibits employers from deducting payments to individuals alleging sexual harassment or sexual abuse if the settlement or payment requires the Claimant to execute a nondisclosure agreement....more

Sexual Harassment Training Must Now Include Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

In light of the substantial media attention given to sexual harassment issues in recent months, employers should anticipate new legislation on this topic. Senate Bill 396, however, was drafted before the increased focus on...more

A New Governor Takes Office: What NJ Employers Can Expect

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Governor Phil Murphy—officially in office just two days—has already begun to implement many of the "progressive" policy changes he promised on the campaign trail and transform New Jersey into the "California of the East."...more

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. What will this mean for employers across the country? A look back at the most recent government shutdown will provide...more

Five Important Employment Trends for Massachusetts Retailers in 2018

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Having survived the holiday shopping season, retailers should begin to prepare for any new employment laws that will go into effect in the coming year (and, of course, should ensure that they are complying with existing...more

#MeToo Impacts Harassment Damages/Taxes

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The recently-enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) includes an unheralded change to the tax law that will directly affect sexual harassment settlements. As a direct result of the recent highly-publicized cases...more

Nursing Mothers Are Now Protected Under the NJLAD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) was amended to prohibit employers from discriminating against women who breastfeed or express milk during breaks....more

Florida Lawmakers Introduce 2 Pay Equity Bills

by Fisher Phillips on

The first day of the legislative session in Florida saw the introduction of two pay equity bills referred to as the “Senator Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act.” The bills, SB 594 and HB 393, would create additional...more

Another Employer Deduction Bites the Dust

by FordHarrison on

You have probably heard about the many tax deductions that you are losing (or have lost) as a result of the new tax law (known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA). But, if you are an employer, one that you may not have...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE December 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. December was no different,...more

Lawmakers Take Aim: Will #MeToo Curb Nondisclosure or Arbitration Agreements?

by Littler on

In 2017, the #MeToo movement highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, toppling prominent figures in numerous fields. Sexual harassment has been unlawful for decades, of course, yet this vexing problem...more

Ringing in 2018 with New Ban-The-Box Laws

by Littler on

Over the past few years, employers have come to expect new ban-the-box laws, and 2018 is no exception: one state law was amended and one new local law was enacted. ...more

To Disclose or Not to Disclose, That Will Be the Question

by Snell & Wilmer on

Whether it be a Hollywood mogul, a renowned politician or a formerly respected executive, it is clear from the Me Too and Time’s Up movements that the voices seeking and stands taken to uncover and prevent sexual harassment...more

New Tax Law Changes How Employers Claim Sexual Harassment Settlements

by Varnum LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Act") was signed into law on December 22 by President Trump. The Act contains a provision that will change how employers are taxed, when settlement is reached in sexual harassment and...more

Sexual Harassment Lawsuits Just Got Tougher to Settle

by Cozen O'Connor on

Just like the infamous line that Congress had to pass the Affordable Care Act to know what was in it, it seems we had to pass the new tax law to find out all of the hidden surprises. One item that received little publicity...more

New Tax Law Quashes Deduction for Some Sexual Harassment Settlements

Payments made pursuant to a confidential settlement of sexual harassment allegations will no longer be a permissible tax deduction for business under a little-noticed provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The tax law...more

California Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2018

Orrick’s Andrew Livingston recently spoke with Law360 about California legislation and regulation that will be top of mind in 2018. Andrew noted that California’s new salary history rule introduces a host of potential...more

California’s Salary History Ban Goes Into Effect But With A Twist

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective on January 1, 2018, California’s new salary history ban law will prohibit inquiries about an applicant’s salary history and will create an affirmative obligation to disclose a “pay scale” upon an...more

Social inspectors: mystery shoppers when it comes to discrimination?

by DLA Piper on

The legal reforms amend the social criminal code by allowing social inspectors to act as mystery shoppers in the context of the three anti-discrimination laws....more

Salary Inquiry Ban In Effect for Albany County Employers

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Effective December 17, 2017, employers and employment agencies in Albany County with four or more employees within the county are barred from: (1) screening job applicants “based on their wage, including benefits or other...more

Beltway Buzz - December, 2017 #4

“Let me tell you how it will be; There’s one for you, nineteen for me.” The taxman will look a little different beginning in 2018, as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed by Congress on December 20—by far the most significant...more

Nevada Law Will Require Employers to Provide Leave to Employees Who Are Victims of Domestic Violence

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Nevada law going into effect on January 1, 2018, will require employers to provide 160 hours of leave to an employee who is a victim of domestic violence if the employee has worked for at least 90 days....more

Beltway Buzz - December, 2017 #3

Washington, D.C., in December is known for its holiday parties, where lobbyists and Hill denizens gather to stab food with toothpicks and knock back cheap—and sometimes not-so-cheap—drinks. Despite all this partying, people...more

A Modern Slavery Act For Australia

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Over 40 million people around the world are trapped in conditions of modern slavery, according to estimates from the Walk Free Foundation and International Labour Organization, including an estimated 4300 victims “hidden in...more

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