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Beltway Buzz - March, 2018 #3

If, like the Buzz, your bracket is already busted, please take a break from the games and spend a few minutes reading about what happened in labor and employment policy in D.C. this week. Fiduciary Rule Vacated. On March...more

S.2155 Does Not Facilitate Discriminatory Lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a blog post entitled “How S.2155 (the Bank Lobbyist Act) Facilitates Discriminatory Lending” Professor Adam Levitin claimed that “This bill functionally exempts 85% of US banks and credit unions from fair lending laws in...more

Web Exclusive: February 2018: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

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It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first two months...more

Washington State’s New Ban-The-Box Law Completes The West Coast Trend

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Washington Governor has just signed a new law prohibiting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history before the applicant is deemed “otherwise qualified” for the position sought. ...more

Ontario, Canada Introduces New Legislation Banning Compensation Questions

by Littler on

The interview process is a time-consuming, planned procedure in which the parties seek to learn as much as possible about each other before determining whether it is a match. In addition to probing the candidate’s...more

Obesity as a Disabling Condition in Wisconsin?

by Ruder Ware on

A recent decision from the State of California has held that obesity is considered a protected disability under California law if the condition of obesity is caused by a psychological condition. This gave me pause to wonder...more

2018 California Employment Legislation and Regulatory Update

by Jones Day on

The California Legislature in 2017 adopted multiple statutes that increase the complexity and scope of employment regulation. Most notable was the passage and signing of Assembly Bill 168, which prohibits employers from...more

United States: Trump Revokes Obama's "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces"

by Dentons on

President Donald J. Trump has loosened the federal government's grip on businesses looking to secure federal contracts. On March 27, 2017, the president signed Executive Order 13782 revoking executive orders by President...more

Best in Law: Understanding California's New Employment Laws - Partner Joseph Ortiz Provides Update in the Press-Enterprise

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California lawmakers had a busy 2017 addressing various employment issues. A majority of these new laws took effect Jan. 1. If you are an employer and are not yet in compliance, immediate action should be taken to review your...more

Attorneys General Seek to Ban Mandatory Arbitration for Workplace Sexual Harassment

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Each state's attorney general has signed a letter demanding that Congress amend the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to prohibit mandatory arbitration provisions in claims involving workplace sexual harassment. ...more

#Time’s Up? Not Yet, For Harassment Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Legislature has introduced a new bipartisan bill, AB 1870, that would give all employees—not just those claiming sexual harassment—three years to file DFEH complaints of unlawful...more

A New ADA on the Horizon? The House Says Yes.

by LeClairRyan on

On February 15, the House in a 225 to 192 vote passed legislation to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R.620) would require plaintiffs hoping to sue businesses in federal court to...more

Your Comprehensive Guide to 2018 Proposed California Legislation

by Fisher Phillips on

February 16 was the deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature. By that date, nearly 2,200 bills were introduced. While that may seem like a staggering amount of legislative proposals (especially for a...more

Beltway Buzz - February, 2018 #3

In honor of the Olympics winding down, we wrote this week’s edition of the Buzz while performing a monster backside triple cork 1440. Read on to see if we stomp the landing....more

New York City Human Right Law Imposes Stringent Accommodation Requirements for Businesses

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 19, 2018, the New York City passed a law requiring that businesses engage in “cooperative dialogue” with individuals with disabilities and in other protected categories in the context of...more

Sexual Harassment Dominates California Legislation in 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

As we discussed back in January, sexual harassment appears to be the hot topic for the California State Legislature’s 2018 session. This is certainly not a surprise, as issues related to sexual harassment and the #MeToo...more

California’s Labor & Employment Changes for 2018: Part II - Court Cases Impacting Labor & Employment Law

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California courts and Legislature greatly expanded protections for public and private workers in 2017, passing laws and handing down decisions regarding wages, rest periods, harassment, workplace discrimination and free...more

School District Ordered to Allow Student to Use Medical Marijuana in Classroom

by Ruder Ware on

A recent decision from a federal court in Illinois has opened the door to significant debate regarding the use of medical marijuana in a school setting. The Schaumburg, IL School District has been ordered to allow an...more

California’s Labor & Employment Changes for 2018: Part I - Legislative Changes Impacting Employers

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California courts and Legislature greatly expanded protections for public and private workers in 2017, handing down decisions and passing laws regarding wages, discrimination based on criminal and salary histories,...more

Be My Valentine! – BUT First Please Review and Sign Below

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: This Valentine’s Day, employers across industries were reevaluating their workplace dating and sexual harassment policies. Various surveys show that 40 percent of workers date or have dated co-workers. ...more

House Passes Bill To Amend Title III Of The ADA In Attempt To Curb Drive-By Lawsuits

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: HR 620 requires potential plaintiffs to provide businesses with notice of architectural barriers and give them an opportunity to remove them before filing suit. ...more

Happy 25th Birthday, FMLA! 25 Years Later – Where Are We Now?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. On February 5, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the FMLA into law guaranteeing certain employees up to 12 unpaid weeks off of work a...more

You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat: Pay Equity Initiatives Flood the State Legislatures

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In 2017, legislatures in more than 40 jurisdictions across the United States considered more than 100 bills intended to narrow the lingering pay gap between men and women. While only a handful of those proposals ultimately...more

Government Initiatives in Response to Wave of Harassment Allegations Challenges Manufacturers

Two recent developments, generated from the tidal forces of the #MeToo movement should get manufacturers’ attention. On December 22, 2017, Congress adopted a comprehensive tax reform law. Included in the statute is an...more

Trump Administration Proposes Cuts To OFCCP Budget

On February 12, 2018, the Trump Administration released its proposed fiscal year 2019 budget. As it did last year, the budget proposes significant cuts to the funds allocated to OFCCP....more

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