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The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 6 “New Parent Leave 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

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse Settles EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Hibachi-Style Restaurant Fired Server Because She Was Pregnant, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT -- Ichiban Japanese Restaurant, LLC, a hibachi-style restaurant doing business as Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse in Jackson,...more

It May Be A New World For Sexual Harassment, But Many Old Rules Still Apply

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In the weeks since allegations began to surface regarding the sexually predatory behavior of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment allegations (sometimes admitted and sometimes disputed) against powerful, prominent...more

Insurance Coverage in the Post-Weinstein Era

With new headlines involving sexual harassment and other inappropriate sexual conduct continuing to emerge on a daily basis, insurance coverage for claims that might emerge is something every company should consider....more

Everything about the Case Assessment Review at the CHRO

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

This post is for the employment law nerds out there. You know who you are....more

Senate Passes the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act, and Takes Another Shot at Increased Protections for Whistleblowers

On November 15, 2017, the United States Senate passed the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2017 (“CAARA”). This Act would amend the Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Act of 2004 (“ACPERA”), and would...more

Preventing #MeToo in the Workplace: How Employers Talk the Talk And Walk the Walk

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Gone are the days where sexual harassment training will be enough. It’s time to shift the workplace focus from just ticking a box (i.e., training complete) to creating a culture where harassment (or...more

Q&A with Lauren Oldham: Mental health workplace claims rising

by GableGotwals on

Mental health workplace claims rise - Q: Why has there been a surge in mental health disability discrimination claims? A: One in four American adults will suffer from a mental health impairment, and the Equal Employment...more

Happy Holidays, from Human Resources

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

As Thanksgiving 2017 recedes into a memory, Hanukkah is here, Christmas just around the corner, and a strange slow week between a Monday Christmas and following Monday New Year’s Day. It is the season for office holiday...more

Are Your Social Media Recruitment Practices Discriminatory? Employers Facing Age Discrimination Class Actions

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Plaintiffs’ lawyers currently are threatening employers that recruit new employees via social platforms—Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.—with age discrimination class action lawsuits. The plaintiffs’ lawyers aggressively demand an...more

That’s a Wrap! Highlights in Labor & Employment from 2017

This year has brought about many changes to the world of labor and employment law. This newsletter highlights a few of the most important developments from 2017 that will carry forward in 2018 and beyond, why they matter, and...more

Sticking it to Your Employees During Flu Season

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Frustrated with the high number of employees that did not show up for work in the fall and winter last year, Jim Duncey, the owner of Duncey’s Caps, Inc., issues a memo to all employees that they must provide proof that they...more

SCOTUS Won't Review Sexual Orientation Bias Case

The issue of whether Title VII prohibits sexual orientation bias will have to be resolved another day. This week the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by the plaintiff in Evans v. Georgia...more

2018 Legislative Update for California Employers

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

California has had yet another banner year closing the 2017 legislative session with a spate of new employment laws imposing additional compliance obligations on employers. Bucking the anti-regulatory tide in Washington, DC,...more

ADA Litigation Continues With Recent Settlements

As the wave of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation against online retailers continues, a handful of companies have settled lawsuits for failing to make their websites accessible to those with visual impairments....more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

Employment Law - December 2017

EEOC Touts ‘Significant Progress’ in FY 2017 Report - Why it matters - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission commended itself in the agency’s annual Performance and Accountability Report, highlighting “significant...more

The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 4 “Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking”

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

EEOC Sues Aaron’s For Race Harassment

Managers at Warehouse Used Racist Slurs and Assigned Them the Most Difficult Work, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Aarons, Inc., a nationwide chain of rent-to-own stores, violated federal law when supervisors engaged...more

First Circuit: The Best Offense Is A Good Defense?

by Carlton Fields on

In Mount Vernon Fire Ins. Co. v. VisionAid, Inc., No. 15-1351P2-01A (1st Cir. Nov. 15, 2017), the First Circuit Court of Appeals ended long-running insurance coverage litigation arising from policyholder VisionAid, Inc.’s...more

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

Title IX: Fair Campus, Foul Weather

With Education Secretary Betsey Devos much in the news over possible changes to the Dear Colleague letter promulgated by the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights, this note by me and my Lightfoot colleagues Brandon Essig and Clint...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

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