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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

by Littler on

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

Updating Guidelines And Asking For Dough: EEOC’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan & 2019 Budget Request

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: This month the EEOC released its 2018-2022 strategic plan, which focuses on preventing and combating discrimination and improving the EEOC’s organizational functionality. It also released the agency’s 2019...more

Beltway Buzz - February, 2018 #2

Déjà Vu All Over Again? It is perhaps fitting that last Friday was Groundhog Day, as this week we relived the same government funding battle that we went through just a few weeks ago. Thankfully, because the shutdown card has...more

Employment News - February 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly newsletter on employment matters. In this weeks issue: - Small steps – government response to the Taylor Review. - That hurts. Working time detriment could lead to injury to feelings award. - It's not...more

Massachusetts Legislature Considers Prohibiting Mandatory Arbitration of Employment Claims

A bill prohibiting mandatory arbitration of employment-related claims, introduced in late 2017 before the Massachusetts House of Representatives, continues to gain traction in early 2018. The bill (House Bill 4058), which...more

Reminder: Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect April 1, 2018

by Littler on

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act goes into effect on April 1, 2018. This new law requires employers with six or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees. As the effective date...more

Kansas City, Missouri Bans The Box For Private Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Kansas City, Missouri becomes the latest jurisdiction to “ban the box” by delaying inquiries into criminal history until an applicant has been deemed qualified -- and has been at least interviewed -- by a...more

The Bubbler – February 2018

Now that January has come to an end, and we’ve navigated compliance with our own resolutions and employment obligations (as discussed on our latest post on The Bubbler), we’re going to take a look at a few topics of...more

Kansas City, Missouri Enacts "Ban-the-Box-Plus" Ordinance

by Littler on

On February 1, 2018, the Kansas City, Missouri City Council passed restrictions on employers’ inquiries into, and use of, criminal record information. The ordinance becomes effective on June 9, 2018. The City had already...more

Europe: Can new “hate speech” legislation set the mould for the Copyright Directive?

by Hogan Lovells on

The phenomenon of so-called “Hate Speech” has been in the public eye for a while now, but particularly in German news. Hate speech denotes verbal attacks and accusations based on personal attributes such as race, religion,...more

The Employment Law Authority - January/ February 2018

Between September 26, 2017, when for the first time in nearly a decade Republicans controlled the majority at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and December 16, 2017, when Chairman Philip Miscimarra’s term expired...more

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Clarifies Policy on Detention, State of the Union Highlights Immigration, and Twins are Born, but Only...

ICE Agents Directed to Detain Undocumented Immigrants Attending Court - On Wednesday, January 31, ICE announced a new set of guidelines pertaining to how they will conduct arrests of undocumented immigrants at federal and...more

Doing Business Across State Lines in 2018: A Quick Look at New Employment Law Requirements in Neighboring States

Keeping up with compliance requirements under Pennsylvania and federal laws can be challenging enough; however, for Pennsylvania employers that do business in multiple states, the compliance burden can grow exponentially. It...more

WPI State of the States: State Legislatures are Back in Business

by Littler on

The majority of state legislatures are back in session, wasting no time considering new labor and employment measures. More than 600 state and local bills governing workplace issues were introduced or actively evaluated in...more

Responding to #MeToo: Black Dresses, White Roses and Legislative Initiatives

In the months since the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there have been countless efforts to raise awareness of workplace sexual harassment. Actresses donned black dresses at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month to promote...more

ADA Title III Lawsuits Increase by 14% Percent in 2017 Due Largely to Website Access Lawsuits; Physical Accessibility Legislative...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The number of federal ADA Title III lawsuits continue to surge in 2017, fueled largely by website accessibility claims; while legislative reform efforts continue to mitigate the physical accessibility...more

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