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New Year, New Laws: 2018 California Employment Roundup

by Vedder Price on

California employers will be ringing in the new year with additional and expanded legal obligations. Laws taking effect January 1 include: - California “Bans the Box” – Employers with five or more employees will be...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Employer Finding That Required Mental-Health Examinations Did Not Violate the...

by FordHarrison on

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Painter v. Illinois Department of Transportation affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the employer in a lawsuit alleging a...more

Overseas Affiliate Not Subject to Title VII Jurisdiction

Employment laws and standards of conduct greatly vary from country to country. U.S. employees working overseas for their U.S. employer generally enjoy the same legal protections as if they were working at home. ...more

Full Eleventh Circuit Declines to Revisit Meaning of Race Under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits race discrimination in employment, but it does not define what race means. Over the past decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has shifted its definition of...more

Employers, Take Notice: New Employment Laws May Affect Your Business

by Buchalter on

Year after year, the California Legislature and the Governor implement new employment laws that place additional requirements on employers throughout the state. The employment laws that become effective on January 1, 2018...more

ALERT- Plaintiff’s Bar Currently Targeting Online Hiring Practices: What Your Company Needs To Know

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The latest target of the plaintiff’s overly-aggressive tactics—a company’s use of recruitment ads in hiring employees. All industries and all forms of advertising are potentially coming under attack, including social media...more

What now? 5 steps to take if your probe doesn’t corroborate harassment allegations

by FordHarrison on

The avalanche of complaints emboldened by the #metoo movement shows no sign of relenting, and many caught in its cross-hairs have been unceremoniously fired or forced to resign based on allegations of harassment. Of course,...more

Missouri Court Tackles Sex Stereotyping, Highlights Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

While nearly half of all states expressly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity, Missouri is not one of those states. However, the Missouri Court of Appeals recently issued a decision in...more

SCOTUS: Only Appeal Filing Deadlines Prescribed by Statute are “Jurisdictional”

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On November 8, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an unanimous opinion in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Case No. 16-658, clarifying that an appeal filing deadline prescribed by statute is “jurisdictional,”...more

How to Get Yourself Fired for a Facebook Post

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Social media has created a minefield of concerns for both employees and employers. The news is full of stories of employees documenting their questionable off-duty conduct on social media, or posting comments containing...more

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

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