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When Work and Faith Collide

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

When it enacted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Congress stated a desire to assure individuals additional opportunities to observe religious practices when they conflict with employment. But what does it mean...more

The New Year Brings New Rules to New York

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As January draws to a close, New York employers are confronting the reality of many new laws and regulations that govern the employment relationship – from the new Paid Family Leave law, to the new federal tax law. We are...more

Mental Health Disabilities – What to Do?

by Ruder Ware on

We are seeing a growth in disability claims based upon mental health conditions which is very troubling for employers because it is hard to understand whether an employee actually has a mental health condition and it is...more

New Jersey Enacts State Anti-Discrimination Protections for Breastfeeding

Newly enacted amendments to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) have expanded state anti-discrimination protections in the workplace, housing, and in public accommodations to include individuals who are...more

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

California Employment Law Notes - January 2018

Trial Court Erroneously Granted Bill Cosby's Anti-SLAPP Motion - Dickinson v. Cosby, 17 Cal. App. 5th 655 (2017) - After Janice Dickinson went public with her accusations of rape against Bill Cosby, Cosby's attorney...more

Mission Hospital Agrees to Pay $89,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Asheville Hospital Fired Employees for Declining Flu Vaccination, Federal Agency Charged - ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Mission Hospital, Inc., a North Carolina corporation based in Asheville and the main hospital of Mission Health...more

NJLAD Amendment to Protect Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

by Genova Burns LLC on

Since 2010, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires employers to provide reasonable break times for nursing mothers to express breast milk. These break times must be provided for up to 1 year after the birth of the...more

Nursing Mothers Are Now Protected Under the NJLAD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) was amended to prohibit employers from discriminating against women who breastfeed or express milk during breaks....more

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

New York City Council Expands Employer Obligations For Reasonable Accommodations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The New York City Council passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that increases employer obligations when an employee requests a reasonable accommodation. The amendment details the “cooperative...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

New Jersey Adds Protections For Employees Who Breastfeed

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

New Jersey has expanded the protections afforded under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to require accommodations for women who breastfeed. On Jan. 8, Gov. Chris Christie signed an amendment to the LAD that prohibits...more

New Year, Same Accommodations…Employer Forced to Shell Out Millions for Failure to Accommodate Employee on Disability Leave

Accommodate - verb, to make suitable or consistent; adapt - This simple word, or the lack thereof, is costing a California non-profit, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, Inc. (AADAP), a lot more than a broken New...more

New Jersey Now Bans Breastfeeding Discrimination

by Fisher Phillips on

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie began his final week in office by signing 40 bills into law, including an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination that immediately bars discrimination against breastfeeding...more

Refusal to Take Flu Vaccine Not Based on Religious Beliefs

From time to time, health care employers find themselves faced with employees who refuse to take mandatory vaccines intended to protect themselves and their patients from exposure to infectious diseases. Sometimes these...more

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination Expanded To Include Breastfeeding As A Protected Class

In March 2010, the Fair Labor Standards Act was amended to require employers to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth.” Employers are...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

Employer’s Guide to Navigating Mother Nature’s Fury – Avoiding Liability in the Wake of the Bomb Cyclone 2018

From the buried streets caused by last week’s “Bomb Cyclone,” to our lasting memories and ramifications of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are reminded that mother nature’s fury packs a punch nationwide. Beyond employer...more

Would You Park Your Dog?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I’ve posted several times, regarding the dilemma a business owner faces when a customer enters the premises with a dog. Is it a service dog, is it an emotional support animal (“ESA”), what are my obligations under the health...more

Rock And A [Softer] Hard Place: Seventh Circuit Eases The Burden For Accommodating Employees With Mental Health Disabilities

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Complying with the ADA, particularly when an employee has a mental health-related disability, can be challenging. Fortunately, a recent decision out of the Seventh Circuit provides helpful guidance for...more

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Will Be in Effect Before You Know It

by BakerHostetler on

As you may know, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in July, expanding state protections for pregnant women and new mothers, and setting new rules for employers with...more

Chronic Dispute: What The Sessions Marijuana Memo Means For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum on December 4th, rescinding Obama-era guidance that had allowed states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana with marginal federal interference, eliminating...more

Sessions Changes the US DOJ’s Position on Prosecutorial Discretion Involving Marijuana in States Permitting Use – But is that a...

by Fisher Phillips on

As predicted by Politico, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other sources, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today rescinded the 2013 Cole Memorandum “Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement,” which has...more

New York Passes Law Against Service Animal Fraud, Joining Other States

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Shaw Synopsis: Effective December 18, 2017, New York became the latest state to enact a law cracking down on fake service animals. ...more

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