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Five Important Employment Trends for Massachusetts Retailers in 2018

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Having survived the holiday shopping season, retailers should begin to prepare for any new employment laws that will go into effect in the coming year (and, of course, should ensure that they are complying with existing...more

Florida Lawmakers Introduce 2 Pay Equity Bills

by Fisher Phillips on

The first day of the legislative session in Florida saw the introduction of two pay equity bills referred to as the “Senator Helen Gordon Davis Fair Pay Protection Act.” The bills, SB 594 and HB 393, would create additional...more

Federal Appeals Court Breathes New Life Into Pay Equity Claim, While Imposing Higher Standard On Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals just forced a public employer back into court to defend itself against a pay equity claim after a lower court had dismissed the lawsuit and cleared the employer from wrongdoing. In...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE December 2017: The Top 14 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 were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. December was no different,...more

Time’s Up: Hollywood Activism May Soon Lead To Pay Equity Scrutiny At Your Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

The issue of gender equality in the workplace is staying firmly in the public eye with the creation of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Supported by over 300 actresses, agents, writers, directors, producers, and...more

Take Two: Pay Equity Plaintiffs Attempt To Resurrect Class Action Against Google

by Fisher Phillips on

A group of former Google employees just filed an amended complaint in California federal court in an attempt to breathe new life into their equal pay class action lawsuit, which had been dismissed in December for failing to...more

California’s Salary History Ban Goes Into Effect But With A Twist

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective on January 1, 2018, California’s new salary history ban law will prohibit inquiries about an applicant’s salary history and will create an affirmative obligation to disclose a “pay scale” upon an...more

Salary Inquiry Ban In Effect for Albany County Employers

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Effective December 17, 2017, employers and employment agencies in Albany County with four or more employees within the county are barred from: (1) screening job applicants “based on their wage, including benefits or other...more

A Deeper Dive Into Oregon’s Landmark Pay Equity Law

by Fisher Phillips on

Six months ago, the Oregon legislature passed the most sweeping statewide equal pay law in the nation. It was a confusing move for some. After all, Oregon has had an equal pay law on the books since the early 1980s, while the...more

Changes Coming To California Job Applications – Employers Be Ready

by Archer Norris PLC on

Employers, it’s time to pull out the drafting pen and make an important change to your job application forms. Almost all job applications ask for basic information, including the applicant’s education and job history. Under...more

Google Dodges Gender Discrimination Class Action For Now

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Ellis v. Google, Inc., No. CGC-17-561299 (Cal Sup. Ct. Dec. 4, 2017), Judge Mary Wiss of the Superior Court of California granted a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by Google employees...more

Google It: Pay Equity Class Action Complaint Dismissed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the first case of its kind under the California Fair Pay Act, a court dismissed a pay equity class claim against Google, holding that alleging wage discrimination for “all women” does not plead enough...more

Illinois Salary Ban Fails, But This May Not Be The Last We See Of It

by Fisher Phillips on

An Illinois proposal that would have prevented employers from requiring applicants to disclose their prior wages or salary during the hiring process unexpectedly failed during the Illinois General Assembly veto session on...more

Pay Equity Advocates Push for Expanded EEO-1 Data

by Fisher Phillips on

Two advocacy organizations, concerned that national pay equity action has been stalled, recently filed a lawsuit in federal court aiming to resurrect the beefed-up EEO-1 reporting requirements which would have forced...more

Lessons You Can Learn From the Chadbourne Litigation and Ensuing Discovery Disputes

by Fisher Phillips on

When you combine an increased social awareness of pay disparity issues with an influx of new pay equity legislation at the state and local level, it’s no surprise that lawsuits involving large and high-profile employers are...more

I-19 - Part 2 of Interview on Conducting Internal Pay Equity Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt's latest episode provides the second of his two-part interview with David Cohen on conducting internal pay equity audits....more

California Restrictions on Asking Applicants for Prior Salary Information: FAQs

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

We have previously analyzed the growing trend around the country to ban employer inquiries into an applicant’s prior salary. This advisory addresses frequently asked questions about the new California law, which goes into...more

New Law Prohibits Prior Salary Inquiries and Requires Pay Scale Disclosure on Request

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Effective January 1, 2018, California Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168) prohibits asking job applicants about their salary history (including other forms of compensation and benefits), or otherwise seeking this information. Further,...more

Pay Equity Litigation – Even winning can be expensive!

by Fisher Phillips on

The Third Circuit’s affirmation of summary judgment in a pay equity case after ten years of litigation shows that even non-meritorious claims can be time-consuming and costly. As many who have been involved in lawsuits know,...more

States take pay disparity laws a step further by banning pay history inquiries

by McAfee & Taft on

Many states already have laws aimed at closing the wage gap. Whether they are couched as pay disparity, pay equity, equal pay, or pay transparency laws, the goal is the same – equal pay to women for equal work. Some states...more

Asking Employment Applicants for Their Salary History Soon Illegal in California

by Benesch on

“What did you make at your last job?” is becoming another question prospective employers cannot ask in more and more places. Effective January 1, 2018, California public and private employers will not legally be allowed to...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

Illinois Senate’s Surprising Failure to Override Governor’s Veto of Equal Pay Bill

As a follow up to a recent post on this blog, Illinois Equal Pay Act Likely to be Amended to Prohibit Salary History Inquiries, and in a surprising turn of events, the Illinois Senate did not overturn Governor Bruce Rauner’s...more

Summary of Current Federal and State Pay Equity Laws

by Payne & Fears on

Please see full chart summarizing and comparing State and Federal Pay Equity Laws below for more information....more

Albany County Joins the Growing Number of Jurisdictions Banning Inquiries on a Job Applicant’s Compensation History

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

On October 10, 2017, the Albany County Legislature amended its County Human Rights Law by passing a law prohibiting all Albany County employers (entities with 4 or more employees) and employment agencies from doing any of the...more

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