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D.C. District Court Issues Injunction Against Transgender Military Ban

by FordHarrison on

As previously reported by these authors, on July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that transgender individuals will no longer be permitted to serve in the military. President Trump issued an official memorandum...more

Transgender Men and Women in the U.S. Military: The Effect of the Presidential Memorandum

by Bowditch & Dewey on

What exactly is the effect of the Presidential Memorandum? Let’s take this step-by-step - To which military services does it apply?...more

Why does the military get to discriminate against the transgender community? Is this even legal?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

This question is the most recent culmination of a long line of military-related issues with the LGBT community that far pre-date the Trump Administration. Historically, the military took the position that transgender people...more

Transgender Men and Women and the U.S. Military

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Assuming that our readers read, watch, or listen to the news, then you already know what is happening. But in case you do not: the Trump administration issued a Presidential Memorandum that forbids transgender individuals...more

NYC Human Rights Law Amended to Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) adding current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. The amendment will take...more

Management Alert – The Current Federal Retrenchment on LGBT Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The first eight months of the new administration signals a retrenchment on the executive branch’s view of legal protections due LGBT individuals, including in employment....more

New Jersey Expands Protection for United States Armed Forces Members and Veterans under New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

by FordHarrison on

Governor Chris Christie signed into law New Jersey Senate Bill S726, expanding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to prohibit all forms of discrimination against members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The law was...more

DOL Clarifies VETS-4212 Filing and Data Collection Periods

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

With August comes federal contractors' obligation to file the annual VETS-4212 report—which collects information on contractors' employees who are protected veterans—based on a snapshot of their workforce taken between July 1...more

Does Transgender Military Ban Signal New Direction of Trump Administration on LGBTQ Rights?

by FordHarrison on

On July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that the military, arguably the country’s largest employer, will no longer allow transgender people to serve, thus breaking from the Obama Administration’s lift of the...more

Revised EEO-1 Report – Where Does it Stand?

by Littler on

In the cycle of seasons, July is when an employer’s thoughts turn to the filing of its annual EEO-1 reports. Since 1966, employers with 100 or more employees that are subject to Title VII have been required to annually file...more

Defense Secretary Delays Start Date For Military’s Allowance of Transgender Recruits

by Bowditch & Dewey on

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military. In 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash...more

Different but Equivalent: Fourth Circuit Clarifies Parameters of Leave Under Family and Medical Leave Act

On May 16, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which governs cases pending in North Carolina, issued an opinion that reveals the parameters within which an employer may fill an employee’s position...more

2017 California Labor and Employment Legislative Update: What to Watch

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Back from Spring Break, and Back to Work: Our List of L&E Bills to Watch in the remainder of the 2017-2018 California Legislative Session. ...more

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Regulation, a/k/a Federal Contractor Blacklisting Regulation

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On July 31, 2014, without much public attention, President Obama issued a far-reaching Executive Order, No. 13673, which requires bidders on federal contracts to disclose adverse labor law decisions under more than a dozen...more

The FAR Councils Drop 10 FAR Amendments in End-of-Fiscal-Year Blitz

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On September 30, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Councils issued 10 FAR amendments (nine final and one interim) on a broad range of topics. One rule imposes new risks for contractors with delinquent taxes or...more

Ballard Spahr partner Dee Spagnuolo joins CFPB OMWI Director on panel at ABA meeting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services group recently participated in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts. On September 8, Ballard partner, Dee...more

Agencies Publish Strict New Reporting Guidelines for Government Contractors

On August 25, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) and Federal Acquisition Regulatory (“FAR”) Council published “Guidance for Executive Order 13673, ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’” (“final rule”). Also...more

Agencies Release Final Rule on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order

by Littler on

On August 24, 2016, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (FAR Council) released the final rule implementing the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive...more

Proposed Amendment to NYC Human Rights Law Would Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

An amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) introduced before the City Council this week would add current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. If approved by the...more

The Guantánamo Trials: No End in Sight - Buchalter Nemer

by Buchalter on

From May 30 to June 3, 2016, I represented the Pacific Council as an official observer at pre-trial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and four other alleged masterminds of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks...more

Regulatory and Legislative Changes: No Summer Holiday Break

While you may have thought that the major party conventions and Olympic Games in Rio would have resulted in a break from significant legislative and regulatory changes, that simply does not seem to be the case. ...more

California Legislative Update: Heading Into The 2016 Session's Final Month

by Littler on

The California Legislature will return from its July recess on August 1, and will devote that month to final consideration of legislation for 2016. The session has entered a somewhat anticlimactic stage for employment...more

Key Legislation Emerging from the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session and Local Ordinances to Remember

by Littler on

Maryland's 2016 General Assembly session has now adjourned. Maryland employers should be aware of the following new laws resulting from this legislative term:  (1) Equal Pay for Equal Work; (2) Equal Pay Commission; (3)...more

Maryland Employers May Now Grant a Hiring and Promotion Preference to Veterans

by Baker Donelson on

Maryland joins the growing list of states (23 states in the past two years) that have enacted laws giving preference in hiring to honorably discharged veterans. Private employers have been hesitant to favor veterans because...more

New Mexico State Employers Cannot Avoid Private USERRA Claims

by Littler on

In Ramirez v. State of N.M. Children, Youth and Families Department, filed on April 14, 2016, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that a New Mexico National Guard member could assert a claim against the state as the employer...more

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