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Employment Law - November 2017 #2

California Court Tosses Arbitration Agreement ‘Permeated’ by Unconscionability - Why it matters - Concluding that an arbitration agreement was both substantively and procedurally unconscionable, a California appellate...more

Disabled Access: A Chance to Fix Your Premises Before Being Sued?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

New legislation seeks to level the playing field for businesses that have been targeted by “drive-by” claims alleging discrimination by customers with disabilities who may have never even gone to visit the place of public...more

Employment Law This Week®: EEOC Online Public Portal, Paid Sick Leave Preemption Law, DOL to Appeal Texas Ruling, California Law...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

United Nations Continues its Development of a Treaty Imposing Liability on Companies for Human Rights Abuses

by Littler on

An ongoing debate exists regarding the nature and extent to which transnational companies should be held directly and legally liable for human rights impacts. Much of this debate has involved calls for additional regulation...more

Time to Revisit Morals Clauses

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed a steady stream of sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood. Many companies are taking proactive approaches and cutting ties with the men who have been accused of wrongdoing. Our...more

Feel the Cultural Shift?

by Atma Global on

Cultural progress rarely unfolds in a neat, linear path. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been witnessing just how turbulent this progress can be—as evidenced by the seismic changes in cultural attitudes that have occurred...more

A binding treaty on business and human rights? Still a way to go.

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week (23-27 October 2017), the third round of negotiations on a binding international treaty on business and human rights concluded.  In this post we consider what (if any) progress has been made and what the sticking...more

Chicago Passes Ordinance Requiring Hotels to Provide “Panic Buttons” To Certain Employees

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the Hotel Workers Sexual Harassment Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), which requires Chicago hotels to develop anti-sexual harassment policies and provide employees who work...more

GAO determination that leveraged lending guidance is subject to CRA could foreshadow similar fate for CFPB indirect auto finance...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In May 2017, we blogged about press reports that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) had accepted a request from Senator Patrick Toomey for a determination concerning whether the CFPB Bulletin 2013-02, titled “Indirect...more

New Harassment and Discrimination Policy Requirement for Public Contractors

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 3060, requiring most public contractors to maintain specific policies and practices relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination against employees who are members of a...more

Workplace Now: The “Localization” of Employment Law – What you Don’t Know Can Hurt

by LeClairRyan on

It is no secret these days that many workforces, particularly over the last five years, are now subject to numerous state and municipal laws that seek to shape and regulate numerous areas of the workplace (many of which are...more

Deciding Not To Look Away: Ethics v. Compliance

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

For most of us, we do not get into trouble for intentionally doing something wrong. We do not steal. We do not commit fraud. We do not hurt people on purpose. But, if we are truthful with ourselves, we have sometimes looked...more

Step by Step: Employee Benefits in the Supreme Court

In conjunction with the start of the Supreme Court’s new term, Eversheds Sutherland took a look back at the Court’s work in employee benefit cases since the enactment of ERISA. We found an astonishing 128 decisions, spanning...more

Employment Law - October 2017

Employer Bound by Oral Contract, California Appellate Court Affirms - Why it matters - Upholding an oral contract, the California Court of Appeal agreed with an employee that she should be paid a commission for certain...more

Telephone Access Might Be Valid Alternative to Accessible Website, But Court Needs More

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In denying Dave & Buster’s motion to dismiss and for summary judgment, a federal judge said that telephonic access might be an alternative to having an accessible website, but cannot decide until the...more

Acquirers Beware: Salary History Bans Impact Employment Diligence and Arrangements

New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A deals New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A...more

The Ongoing Battle Between LGBTQ+ Rights And Claims Of Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Justice has reversed the previous Administration’s position on employment protections for transgender individuals, and issued a memorandum that will likely be relied on by private...more

New York City’s Salary History Ban Takes Effect October 31

Effective October 31, 2017, New York City becomes another jurisdiction making it unlawful for manufacturers and other employers to ask most job applicants for information about their prior or current salary, compensation or...more

Fake Service Dog Attacks Real Service Dog

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I’ve been posting about the problems companies face when a customer wants to bring in a fake service dog. One of the biggest issues for companies is figuring out which dogs are fake service dogs and which dogs are real...more

New Standards of Conduct for Companies Seeking to Operate with Respect for the Rights of LGBTI People

On September 26, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released new Standards of Conduct intended to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex...more

Chicago City Council Committee Approves Hands Off-Pants On Ordinance to Protect Hotel Employees

On October 2, 2017, the Chicago City Council Committee on Workplace Development and Audit approved an amendment to the Municipal Code (the “Ordinance”) that, if approved by the full City Council, will require hotel employers...more

UPDATE: California Federal Court Permits Former Bank Internal Auditor’s Whistleblower Claims to Proceed

A California federal court—in Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14755, Case No. 15-cv-02287 (S.D. Cal. Sept. 11, 2017)—recently denied BofI Federal Bank’s (“BofI’s”) motion to dismiss the Sarbanes-Oxley...more

The Dialogue: About Firing Employees and Negotiating Severance Agreements

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The Dialogue – an occasional discussion between myself and a prominent employee-side attorney, Nina Pirrotti returns today after a late summer hiatus. Today’s chat focuses on employee separations and severance agreements. ...more

House Judiciary Committee Votes to Advance Controversial ADA Amendment

Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act imposes a proactive duty on businesses subject to the ADA to remove architectural barriers and other obstacles that impede disabled persons’ access to an existing public...more

Time to End Gender Apartheid: Growing Up as Girls: Cultural and Structural Barriers

by Atma Global on

We’ve reached a global consensus that racial apartheid is wrong; let’s at least now raise the floor and recognize that gender apartheid is also morally wrong. Despite the progress toward gender equality that we have made in...more

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