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

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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

Short-Term Disability Denial for Gender Reassignment

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In Baker v. Aetna, (U.S. Northern District Court of Texas, 2017), Charlize Marie Baker filed claims against her employer and Aetna after having been denied benefits under the health plan and the short-term disability plan for...more

A Nationwide Standstill: Extending the Definition of Sex Discrimination to Include Gender Identity

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On December 31, 2016, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation or enforcement of Section 1557’s provision extending the definition of sex...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

Is a Dependent’s Gender Reassignment Covered Under Employer-Sponsored Benefits Plans?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In Tovar v. Essentia Health (U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2017), Brittany Tovar sought and was denied benefits needed for her son’s gender reassignment based on a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, as the Essentia health...more

California Governor Signs SB 396 Requiring Training on Gender Identity Harassment

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Only a few months after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing amendments to the FEHA regulations went into effect on July 1, 2017, which centralize, clarify, and expand protections for transgender...more

Louisiana Court Finds Executive Order Extending Protections to LGBT Employees of State Contractors Unconstitutional

In April of 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order JBE 2016 – 11, which sought to protect lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender individuals, among other protected classes, from discrimination...more

TITLE VII: Court Breaks from Department of Justice on Transgender Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first case following the Department of Justice’s pronouncement that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination against transgender persons on the basis of gender identity, a court in the Western...more

Proposed PHRC Guidance Would Protect LGBTQ Employees In Pennsylvania

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”), which enforces Pennsylvania’s state law prohibiting discrimination, has made a bit of splash in 2017. How, you ask? Well – that requires a bit of explanation. One of...more

No Tricks, We Treat You to Five Developments in the Intersection of Health Care and Employment Law

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Almost ten months into the Trump Administration, the executive and legislative branches have been preoccupied with attempting to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) – but each attempt has thus far proved...more

Court Affirms that Missouri Human Rights Act Prohibits Sex Stereotypes in the Workplace

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On October 24, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri issued an opinion affirming that sex stereotyping is a form of gender discrimination that is actionable under the Missouri Human Rights Act...more

Episode 25: EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum Part II: Other Emerging EEOC Trends + Takeaways

by Akerman LLP on

Matt Steinberg welcomes EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum for the second half of their wide-ranging conversation where Matt and Commissioner Feldblum discuss federal protection of employment-related LGBT rights, how the DOJ’s...more

Missouri Appellate Court’s Holding That Sex Discrimination May Be Based on Sex Stereotyping Offers Some Protections for LGBT...

by Littler on

In Lampley, et al. v. Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the Missouri Court of Appeals held that sex stereotyping can form the basis of a sex discrimination claim when the complaining party is gay, but should not be...more

LGBT Discrimination Under Pennsylvania and Federal Law

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf called on the state legislature to pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which has stalled since being introduced in both chambers in May. The proposed bill would amend the Pennsylvania...more

Sexual Harassment Training and Posting Requirements Expanded

by Payne & Fears on

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Under current law, employers with 50 or more employees must provide at least two hours of prescribed training and...more

How to Comply With California’s New Requirement to Provide Anti-Harassment Training on Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and...

On October 15, 2017, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 396, a new law that requires employers in California with 50 or more employees to provide training on policies that prohibit harassment based on gender identity, gender...more

U.S. Department of Justice Rescinds Policy Protecting Transgender Employees

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On October 4, 2017, the United States Department of Justice, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, issued a memorandum rescinding an Obama-era policy protecting transgender employees from employment discrimination pursuant...more

California Governor Approves Three More Employment Laws: “Ban The Box”; Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training; and Contractors...

The deadline for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign new bills into law officially expired October 15, 2017. In addition to signing five bills last week, the Governor signed three more employment-related bills into law...more

I Wish They All Could Be California Non-Binary: Governor Brown Signs Law Approving New Gender Status

Male and female are no longer the only gender identifiers available, at least in two states. California’s Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law the Gender Recognition Act which (1) allows individuals to identify as non-binary...more

California Employers Face Significant New Requirements - Banning The Box And Prohibiting Pay History Inquiries Among New State...

by Fisher Phillips on

California employers will soon need to adjust themselves to a new reality once again as a number of new workplace restrictions have been passed by the state legislature and just signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. State...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: It’s Finally Over! (For Now…)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New statutory obligations for California employers in 2018 will include prohibitions on inquiries into applicants’ salary and conviction histories, expanding CFRA to employees of smaller employers,...more

Ongoing Debate Over Scope Of Workplace Bias Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an agency memorandum stating that the language contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “does not prohibit discrimination based...more

DOJ Reverses Course—Title VII Does Not Cover Gender Identity

by Blank Rome LLP on

On October 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) stance that gender identity is protected as part of the prohibition against “sex” discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

The Ongoing Battle Between LGBTQ+ Rights And Claims Of Religious Liberty

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Justice has reversed the previous Administration’s position on employment protections for transgender individuals, and issued a memorandum that will likely be relied on by private...more

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