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Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -

WPI State of the States: Major Bills Advance in September, With More on Deck for October

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The baseball pennant races are about to kick off, but not all the action is on the field. Roughly a dozen state legislatures were in session during September, and they considered more than 50 labor and employment bills....more

EEOC Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s…Forever

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The Seventh Circuit recently condoned an EEOC practice that dramatically inhibits the private settlement of employment discrimination lawsuits. Two Union Pacific employees filed an EEOC charge. The EEOC provided a Notice...more

Washington’s New Healthy Starts Act Requires Employers to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Pregnant Workers Absent the Showing...

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Washington’s legislature recently passed a new Healthy Starts Act (the “Act”), which places significant obligations on Washington employers with respect to pregnant employees. These new obligations are not otherwise required...more

Now in Effect: California Employers Must Provide New Hires with Written Notice of Victim Rights

As reported in our new laws for 2017 post, employers must give written notice to new employees (and to current employees upon request) explaining the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. All...more

Massachusetts Expands Employers' Obligation to Accommodate Pregnant Employees

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On July 27, 2017, Governor Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “Act”). Once the Act takes effect on April 1, 2018, most employers with employees in Massachusetts will be required to provide...more

Howard Stern’s Day Off : The Danger of Digging for Details When Employees Call-In Sick

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Shock Jock Howard Stern took an unexpected day off from his radio show last week which prompted a firestorm of speculation on social media as to the underlying reason for his absence. Although Stern’s absence was initially...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2017

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Attention employers! What’s your LGBTQ IQ? Nashville Partner Stephen Price invites you to reassess your workplace policies in this article for the Association of Corporate Counsel. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Employment News - April 2017

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Plus ça change… - the employment law implications of the Great Repeal Bill - The government published its white paper "Legislating for the UK's withdrawal from the EU" last week. The employment law consequences of Brexit...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

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On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Employer’s Guide to Doing Business In California – Newly Updated

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The allure of doing business in California is undeniable. It is the world’s sixth largest economy and a market of more than 36 million people. For employers, however, California presents unique challenges because its laws...more

Puerto Rico Approves Major Reform of its Employment Laws

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On January 26, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico approved the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act"). The Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, including those...more

Time to Change receives £20 million boost for mental health anti-discrimination campaign

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The Time to Change campaign has received a £20 million boost in additional funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Time to Change is an initiative run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental...more

Keeping up with the Germans?

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The Women and Equalities Committee has demanded that the government publish a detailed plan to tackle the issue of pregnant women and mothers being forced out of work by employers’ outdated attitudes....more

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

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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

GAO report shows continuing CFPB employee concerns related to fair treatment

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A report last month issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that a survey of nonexecutive CFPB employees revealed “heightened concerns related to fair treatment, trust that employees can raise concerns...more

EEOC Increases Penalty for Violating Notice Posting Requirements by 150 Percent

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The EEOC is increasing the penalty for failure to post the required workplace notices under Title VII, the ADA, and GINA by 150 percent. This increase means the maximum penalty for notice violations will increase to $525 per...more

Double Trouble: EEOC Increases Penalty for Posting Violations

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers might want to wander right now into their office break rooms to review the legal rights posters on display to be sure they are current and accessible. Failure to comply with posting requirements will cost employers...more

New Jersey Employers Cannot Reduce Employees' Time To File Discrimination Claims From Two Year Statute Of Limitations, Rules...

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The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that employment agreements shortening the time in which an employee may file a discrimination claim against his or her employer under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) are...more

All in the Family: California Court Holds Employers Have to Accommodate Disability of Employee's Family Member

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A California Court of Appeal for the first time has decided that an employer has a duty to reasonably accommodate an applicant or employee who is associated with a disabled person who needs the employee’s assistance. This...more

Discipline Based on Social Media Activity – An Update

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Social media is no longer trendy. It’s commonplace, and so is discipline imposed because an employee posts something inappropriate. According to a Proskauer survey, 70 percent of employers report taking disciplinary action...more

New Women’s Equality Act Legislation Raises Bar for New York Firms

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law eight (8) bills forming the bulk of the Women’s Equality Act, originally introduced in the New York State Legislature in 2012. The legislation amends the New York Labor Law and the...more

California Enacts a Raft of New Employment Legislation

The latest legislative session has just ended, and, true to form, the California Legislature has added more than a dozen new laws affecting employers doing business in the nation’s largest state.  These statutes are in...more

US Department of Labor Implements Final Rule Requiring Pay Transparency Among Federal Contractors

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Executive Order 13665, signed by President Obama on April 8, 2014, prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against employees or applicants because they inquire about or discuss their compensation...more

Two New Developments Affecting Federal Contractors

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On September 7, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors. The Executive Order currently applies only to contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2017....more

U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule Implementing Pay Transparency Executive Order

On September 10, 2015, the Department of Labor issued its final rule, implementing Executive Order 13665  (the “Order”), which prohibits federal contractors from firing or otherwise disciplining employees or job applicants...more

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