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California Employers: Know and Comply With New Laws Affecting Your Business in 2018

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Following its pattern in recent years, in 2017 the California legislature enacted many new laws affecting California employers. The new laws address several topics, including: - Broader gender-related discrimination,...more

Third Circuit Rules that Employer-Friendly “But For” Causation Standard Applies to False Claims Act Retaliation Claims

In the case of DiFiore v. CSL Behring, LLC, the Third Circuit ruled for the first time that the more demanding “but for” causation standard applies to retaliation claims under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), rejecting the lower...more

Dr. King’s Message Rings True Today In The Context Of The LGBTQIA Community

Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote from a jail cell in Birmingham in 1963, "[t]here are two types of laws: there are just laws and there are unjust laws....How does one determine when a law is just or unjust?...Any law that...more

Inquiry about MLK Jr. Day as Basis for Race Discrimination Claim

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

I’ve previously talked about Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) day in prior posts (including way back in 2008!). But this year, I was curious — have any race discrimination claims used evidence relating to the day to support a...more

Do You Want to See the Report That an OFCCP Compliance Officer Must Complete on Your Audit Before It Can Be Closed?

In order to close an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) evaluation, a compliance officer (CO) must complete the Standard Compliance Evaluation Report (SCER) Form. The SCER is an internal OFCCP document...more

Mission Hospital Agrees to Pay $89,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Asheville Hospital Fired Employees for Declining Flu Vaccination, Federal Agency Charged - ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Mission Hospital, Inc., a North Carolina corporation based in Asheville and the main hospital of Mission Health...more

A Sexual Harassment Sea Change for Employers?

Social media supercharges the potential for sexual harassment allegations involving work colleagues and could lead to consequences for employers who fail to act quickly and appropriately. Recent events herald a change in...more

4 Key Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation For 2017: #1 Class Action Settlements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The monetary value of the top workplace class action settlements skyrocketed in 2017. Though all-time highs in this category were reached in each of the past three years, this year’s Report found that...more

The Sexual Harassment Scandals are a Watershed Moment but We’ve Had Those Before

by NAVEX Global on

The fact that sexual harassment continues to dominate the headlines hopefully foreshadows some fundamental changes in how organizations identify and deal with this insidious cultural failure. And we all have something to...more

Digital discrimination: Targeted ads don’t reach all potential applicants

by McAfee & Taft on

Since the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was first enacted in 1967, “help wanted” ads have evolved significantly – from classified ads in the local newspaper to listings on company websites and online job sites...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

Harassment Stops With You

As we are sure you are all aware, the issue of harassment in the workplace has dominated the headlines for the past two months. It seems like every day a new story is published with respect to allegations of workplace...more

5, 4, 3, 2, 1: Happy New . . . List Of Additional Employment Laws You Must Navigate!

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

Just in case you didn’t spend your holiday down time reading through all of those new California employment laws, here’s a quick overview of six laws that became effective on January 1, 2018, that may impact your...more

Nationwide 7-Eleven Immigration Raids Herald New Worksite Enforcement Strategy

by Fisher Phillips on

Slurpees are not the only ICE-y things being served at 7-Eleven these days. For the second time in five years, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided dozens of 7-Eleven stores across the country in search of...more

New Jersey Bans Breastfeeding Discrimination

Effectively immediately, New Jersey employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees because they choose to breastfeed. Governor Christie signed S. 2709, bringing New Jersey breastfeeding protections in line...more

New York City Council Expands Employer Obligations For Reasonable Accommodations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The New York City Council passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that increases employer obligations when an employee requests a reasonable accommodation. The amendment details the “cooperative...more

Pioneer Health Services to Pay $85,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Mississippi Health Care Company Illegally Fired Employee After She Underwent Liver Transplant Surgery, Federal Agency Charged - JACKSON, Miss. -- Pioneer Health Services, Inc., a Mississippi corporation that provides...more

Wisconsin Employee May Prosecute WFEA Claims Against Employer Despite Valid Waiver and Release of Claims

The Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission recently issued a highly controversial decision, Xu v. Epic Systems, Inc., holding that (1) an employee cannot waive the right to file a discrimination complaint against her...more

Aloha Auto Group to Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Employee Fired for Advising Other Employees to File Hostile Work Environment Complaints, Federal Agency Says - HONOLULU, Hawaii - Aloha Auto Group, Ltd. will pay $30,000 and provide other relief to settle a lawsuit for...more

The Critical Impact of Pretext in Employment Discrimination Cases

“I can’t believe you are firing me for ‘performance issues’. I received ‘exceeds expectations’ in all categories of my last five performance evaluations. You gotta be kidding me!”...more

Legislation Affecting California’s Employment Regulations

by Wilson Elser on

California Assembly Bill No. 168 – Salary Information - Labor Code section 1197.5 prohibits employers from paying any employees at wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of another sex, race or ethnicity for...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

New Jersey Adds Protections For Employees Who Breastfeed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

New Jersey has expanded the protections afforded under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to require accommodations for women who breastfeed. On Jan. 8, Gov. Chris Christie signed an amendment to the LAD that prohibits...more

New Year, Same Accommodations…Employer Forced to Shell Out Millions for Failure to Accommodate Employee on Disability Leave

Accommodate - verb, to make suitable or consistent; adapt - This simple word, or the lack thereof, is costing a California non-profit, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP), a lot more than a broken New...more

Legislators respond to recent sexual harassment scandals by introducing bills to ban arbitration in sex bias cases

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Many employers rely on pre-dispute arbitration agreements, usually entered at the beginning of employment, to resolve disputes that may arise during employment in binding and private arbitration rather than in public...more

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