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New Jersey Bans Breastfeeding Discrimination

Effectively immediately, New Jersey employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees because they choose to breastfeed. Governor Christie signed S. 2709, bringing New Jersey breastfeeding protections in line...more

Pioneer Health Services to Pay $85,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Mississippi Health Care Company Illegally Fired Employee After She Underwent Liver Transplant Surgery, Federal Agency Charged - JACKSON, Miss. -- Pioneer Health Services, Inc., a Mississippi corporation that provides...more

Governor Christie Expands Protections For Breastfeeding Women Under The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 8, 2018 Governor Chris Christie signed into law an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination making it unlawful for an employer to terminate or discriminate against women who...more

Indi’s Fast Food Restaurant to Pay $340,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Female Employees Subjected to Egregious Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS -- Louisville, Ky.-based restaurant chain Indi's Fast Food Restaurant, Inc. (Indi's) will pay $340,000 to 15 former female...more

GEO Group to Pay $550,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Class of Female Staffers Abused at Private Correctional Facilities, Federal and State Agencies Charged - PHOENIX - The GEO Group, Inc., operator of the Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF) and Arizona State...more

II-25 – Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Employers in 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From federal agency changes to anticipated developments in sexual harassment, paid leave, overtime, and marijuana use, this episode of Employment Law Now provides ten issues that employers should resolve to understand in the...more

Social inspectors: mystery shoppers when it comes to discrimination?

by DLA Piper on

The legal reforms amend the social criminal code by allowing social inspectors to act as mystery shoppers in the context of the three anti-discrimination laws....more

Court Lowers Punitive Damages Bar In Claims Against NYC Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The state’s highest court might have just made life more difficult for employers facing liability under New York City’s anti-bias law. Clarifying a question left open by New York City’s Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), the New York...more

American Queen Steamboat to Pay $50,000 To Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Cruise Company Fired Employee for Supporting Sexual Harassment Claim, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Memphis-based cruise company American Queen Steamboat Company will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to...more

The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 9 “Expansion of Scope of Military Service Discrimination”

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It’s the end of the year and while everyone is busy, employers in California should be aware of new laws and regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2018. In the spirit of the season, we are using the next “12 days of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument In Key Case On LGBT Rights And Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Oral argument suggests the Supreme Court is narrowly divided on how to reconcile non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals with claims for religious liberty, with Justice Kennedy appearing likely...more

Ageism in the Workplace?

by Ruder Ware on

There has been a lot of discussion lately about “ageism” in the workplace. People are wondering what this means and what type of steps need to be taken by an employer to avoid age discrimination complaints....more

Siskind Group to Pay $50,000 To Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

New York City-Based Apparel Company Fired Employee Rather Than Allow Her to Return to Work After Childbirth, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - Manhattan-based apparel company R. Siskind & Company, Inc., doing business as...more

Trans Ocean Seafoods To Pay $75,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Mixtec Clam Diggers Faced Explicit Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - SEATTLE - Northwestern Washington-based Trans Ocean Seafoods, Inc., doing business as New England Shellfish, will pay $75,000 to three female...more

An Employer’s Resolutions for the New Year – A Mini-Series from the Employment Matters Blog.

Resolution #1: Don’t let your Workplace be the Next Headline: Review and Refresh your Non-Harassment Policies and Training. Welcome (almost) to the New Year: a time of renewal, a fresh start, a clean slate, and a time to...more

The Weinstein Effect: Importance Of Anti-Harassment And Anti-Discrimination Training

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It seems as if a report of workplace sexual harassment or sexual battery is published nearly daily. While the media focuses upon notable public figures, workplace harassment can occur at any company. In many of those...more

The Use of Staffing Agencies Is About To Get More Expensive (and Risky) in Illinois

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we have reported in the past, utilizing temporary staffing agencies to fill gaps in labor needs can be an efficient and economically beneficial way for companies to meet business demands. This is particularly true in...more

In Many Localities, Parents Must Pay When Their Children With Disabilities End Up in Jail

Unexpected expenses are a regular fact of life for many parents of children with disabilities, but for parents with children entangled in juvenile jail systems, the additional costs can be exorbitant....more

OFCCP Required To Share Statistical Findings In Enforcement Action

by Hogan Lovells on

Employers facing a determination by the OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) that they have violated the anti-discrimination laws applicable to federal contractors often confront a black box when trying to...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

New Jersey Bill Seeks to Codify Two-Year Statute of Limitations and to Prohibit Waivers of Employee Rights Under the NJLAD

On May 19, 2017, a bill to codify the statute of limitations for claims filed pursuant to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) and prohibit certain waiver provisions in employment contracts, advanced in the New...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

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

There’s no debate: freedom of speech presents challenging legal issues for workers and employers in the age of social media

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

John Pueschel, partner in the Winston-Salem office of Womble Bond Dickinson, examines the limits on employee free speech and use of social media against the background of recent events at Google and in Charlottesville....more

Promoting Wellness, Not Litigation

With ever-increasing employer health care costs, it’s not surprising that Workplace Wellness Programs are becoming more common and comprehensive. According to Fidelity Investment’s fifth annual wellness survey, 95% of...more

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