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Illinois Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Salary History Ban

Bucking the nationwide trend, Illinois was unable to pass a law prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. On November 9, 2017, the Illinois Senate failed to override Governor Rauner’s veto...more

Illinois General Assembly Takes Steps to Address Sexual Harassment in Government

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the past several months, it often seems like the news brings daily revelations of a new individual in a position of power committing sexual harassment, or even sexual assault, against employees. Springfield is no stranger...more

PA Bill Would Ban Nondisclosure Agreements for Sexual Misconduct

In response to a surge of sexual misconduct allegations throughout the country, Democratic state senators in Pennsylvania on Wednesday announced legislation that would ban agreements that hide the identity of persons accused...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

Albany County, New York Passes Salary History Ban

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In line with a wave of salary history bans going into effect across the country, Albany County, New York just passed its own salary history ban. ...more

Ready or Not, Here It Comes! 2018 Brings New Labor & Employment Laws, Primarily at the State Level

by Littler on

As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2018, employers look ahead to the next wave of labor and employment regulations. On January 1, 2018, and throughout the coming year, employers across the nation will confront a host of...more

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

California: The Transgender Work Opportunity Act

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 396, the Transgender Work Opportunity Act. Under the Transgender Work Opportunity Act, starting on January 1, 2018, all California employers with 50 or more...more

Florida Lawmakers Take Action To Curb Access Suits, But Will It Work?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Florida’s recently-enacted House Bill 727 gives businesses a way to deter serial plaintiffs from suing them in Florida state courts....more

Does California's State-Wide "Ban-the-Box" Put Employers In A Box?

by Nossaman LLP on

On October 14, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed Assembly Bill 1008, which prohibits most California public and private employers from asking applicants about criminal conviction history until after a...more

California Implements Statewide “Ban the Box” Law Effective January 1, 2018

by LeClairRyan on

California has become the tenth state to pass the “ban-the-box” law which removes the conviction history question on job applications for private employers with five or more employees. Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois,...more

Medical Marijuana Closer to Entering the Pennsylvania Workforce

by Barley Snyder on

The Pennsylvania Department of Health officially launched its medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry last week, allowing patients with specific medical conditions to sign up for a state-issued certification card....more

October 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

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 have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. October was no...more

More Trick Than Treat: How to Comply With the Salary History Ban

The New York City law banning salary history inquiries went into effect on Oct. 31, 2017, and the New York City Human Rights Commission (Commission) has only recently released job applicant and employer fact sheets and a list...more

WPI State of the States: Lawmakers Keep Their Focus on Equal Pay Measures

by Littler on

As the holiday season approaches, legislative activity at the state level is starting to slow down. The California General Assembly closed out its term, for example, giving employers a breather until January. Illinois’...more

New Law Prohibits Private and Public Employers in California from Seeking or Relying on Job Applicants' Salary Histories

by Nossaman LLP on

Effective January 1, 2018, new legislation enacted in California will prohibit employers from: Seeking past salary information, including compensation and benefits, about a job applicant; or, Relying on...more

Will Illinois Ban Salary History Inquiries? Hang on for a Bumpy Override!

by Littler on

As the 2017 legislative session closed in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed several measures relating to labor and employment issues. He rejected a statewide minimum wage increase, for example, as well as a ban on salary...more

DOE Rescinds Guidance Documents Related to Idea and Rehabilitation Act

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777. This order required Federal agencies to evaluate their existing regulations and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement,...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

Click for Backup: New Ordinance Requires Chicago Hotels to Provide Staff with “Panic Buttons”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that will require Chicago hotels to provide certain staff with “panic buttons” and develop enhanced anti-sexual harassment policies....more

The New Interview Taboo: Salary History Inquiries

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Inquiries employers may make concerning job applicants have been under close scrutiny. Many states and cities already limit an employer’s ability to use or inquire about an applicant’s credit or criminal history. Now add...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

Emerging Laws Prohibit Employers from Inquiring About Past Pay Histories

by FordHarrison on

Subject to limited exceptions, federal, state, and local laws already require employers to pay men and women equally for doing similar work under similar working conditions. In another important effort to narrow the gender...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

Philadelphia Adopts Regulations Clarifying the Still-Stayed Ordinance Banning Salary History Inquiries

by Littler on

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations has adopted regulations interpreting portions of a City ordinance, which if upheld, would prohibit employers from seeking applicants’ wage and benefits history. ...more

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