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Happy Thanksgiving and the Many Things for Which We Are Thankful

Before everyone gets out of the office to their various homes and families to celebrate the holiday, we wanted to review the year and count our blessings. Not only are we thankful that our families and colleagues in our...more

Judges and Legislators in Chicago and California Seek to Expand Protections for Hotel Workers

In the wake of a deluge of sexual harassment accusations being leveled against high profile figures, and the ensuing #MeToo social media movement, some legislators and judges have been eager to expand protections for certain...more

The rising sun of HEA reauthorization

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Behind the scenes of the turmoil in Washington this year, congressional staff have been hard at work on the next iteration of the Higher Education Act. At long last, the curtain-raising for HEA reauthorization is expected...more

Illinois General Assembly Takes Steps to Address Sexual Harassment in Government

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In the past several months, it often seems like the news brings daily revelations of a new individual in a position of power committing sexual harassment, or even sexual assault, against employees. Springfield is no stranger...more

PA Bill Would Ban Nondisclosure Agreements for Sexual Misconduct

In response to a surge of sexual misconduct allegations throughout the country, Democratic state senators in Pennsylvania on Wednesday announced legislation that would ban agreements that hide the identity of persons accused...more

NYC Mayor de Blasio Signs Law Expanding Earned Sick Time Act to Include “Safe Time”

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On November 6, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an amendment (“Safe Time Amendment” or “Amendment”) to New York City’s existing Earned Sick Time Act (“ESTA”) that will allow domestic violence and sexual assault survivors to...more

NYC Expands Sick Time Act to Offer Safe Time to Victims of Sexual Abuse, Stalking, and Human Trafficking

On November 6, 2017, Mayor de Blasio signed New York City Council legislation Int. 1313-2016 (also referred to as Int. 1313-A or the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act) into law, expanding the New York City Earned Sick Time Act....more

WPI State of the States: Lawmakers Keep Their Focus on Equal Pay Measures

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As the holiday season approaches, legislative activity at the state level is starting to slow down. The California General Assembly closed out its term, for example, giving employers a breather until January. Illinois’...more

Limiting Title IX Liability in DOE V. The Citadel

A decision issued by the Court of Appeals of South Carolina underscores the limitations of college and university liability under Title IX. In John Doe v. The Citadel, the court declined to extend standing to sue under Title...more

New Chicago Ordinance Requires Hotels To Provide Panic Devices for Employees

As sexual harassment becomes the subject of national conversation, some cities, such as Chicago, are making significant changes to laws in an effort to reduce harassment. A recent survey of hotels in the Chicagoland area...more

Chicago Adopts ‘Hands Off Pants On’ Law To Protect Hotel Workers From Sexual Harassment, Assault

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

To provide hospitality workers greater protections against sexual harassment and assault, the Chicago City Council passed the “Hands Off Pants On” Ordinance on October 11, 2017. The Ordinance requires all hotels in the City...more

Chicago Passes Ordinance Requiring Hotels to Provide “Panic Buttons” To Certain Employees

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the Hotel Workers Sexual Harassment Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), which requires Chicago hotels to develop anti-sexual harassment policies and provide employees who work...more

New Harassment and Discrimination Policy Requirement for Public Contractors

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 3060, requiring most public contractors to maintain specific policies and practices relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and discrimination against employees who are members of a...more

Click for Backup: New Ordinance Requires Chicago Hotels to Provide Staff with “Panic Buttons”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that will require Chicago hotels to provide certain staff with “panic buttons” and develop enhanced anti-sexual harassment policies....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC’s making good on its plans to shift to a focus on Asia by naming John Flint—who spent his first 14 years at the bank in Asia—as its new CEO. Flint will take over from Stuart Gulliver in February....more

DOE Issues New Title IX Interim Guidance

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On September 22, 2017, the Department of Education (“DOE”) issued new interim guidance for Title IX, formally withdrew prior guidance documents, including the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter and the Questions and Answers...more

U.S. Department of Education Revises Guidance Concerning Campus Sexual Misconduct

by FordHarrison on

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its corresponding regulations prohibit sex discrimination in education programs or activities conducted by educational institutions that receive federal financial...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama-era Title IX Guidance Document

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in two key documents about Title IX and sexual violence...more

New Title IX Guidance: Steps To Take Now

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Education rescinded two major Office for Civil Rights guidance documents interpreting the application of Title IX to reports of sexual misconduct. • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated that...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama-Era Title IX Guidance Documents, Introduces New Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in two key documents about Title IX and sexual violence...more

September 2017: The Top 10 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. The law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, and September 2017 was no different. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest...more

Torts: Changes to CCP §340.1 Did Not Change Deadline for Submitting Claims to Public Entities

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Latrice Rubenstein v. Doe No. 1 et al. - SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA, 3 Cal.5th 903 (August 28, 2017) - Code of Civil Procedure §340.1(a) provides that an action for damages suffered as a result of childhood sexual...more

Chicago City Council Committee Approves Hands Off-Pants On Ordinance to Protect Hotel Employees

On October 2, 2017, the Chicago City Council Committee on Workplace Development and Audit approved an amendment to the Municipal Code (the “Ordinance”) that, if approved by the full City Council, will require hotel employers...more

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights’ jurisdiction in Title IX cases

The Issue - The Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) jurisdiction is broad. If an institution receives federal funds, to include student financial aid and grants, it is subject to Title IX and OCR’s authority. The most public, and...more

Four “Red Flags” Schools Should Address in Title IX Sexual Violence Polices

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education issued new Interim Title IX Guidance providing Questions and Answers on Title IX sexual violence. Significantly, the new guidance withdraws the April 4, 2011 Dear...more

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