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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

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

by Littler on

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

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

Fenwick Employment Brief - Summer 2017 Update

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative and Agency Update - Read about the latest California cities to increase hourly minimum wages, newly expanded transgender protections, criminal background check limitations and other changes in...more

Best in Law: What to do to Comply with Transgender Laws - New California Laws Took Effect July 1

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California is continuing to be a leader on emerging civil rights issues. Back in 2004, California enacted laws to protect transgender workers. Transgender issues have become a front-burner topic.   On the national scene,...more

California Businesses To Provide Neutral Restrooms So All Genders Can Do Their Business

by FordHarrison on

In California, all business establishments, places of public accommodation, or government agencies with single-occupancy restrooms are now required to identify such toilet facilities as all-gender restrooms. In September...more

California Adopts Broad Gender-Neutral Bathroom Rules–Signage Rules Expand Beyond ADA Concerns

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective March 1, California’s Equal Restroom Access Act (ERAA) will require some single-occupancy restrooms to have signs indicating they are gender-neutral....more

Employment Law 2016 Review

by Barley Snyder on

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

Massachusetts State Legislature Takes Action on Major Employment Reform as Legislative Session Ends

In the final weeks before the end of the legislative session, the Massachusetts House and State both addressed major pieces of labor and employment legislation. However, although the legislature passed S.2119, an Act to...more

Baker Wasn't Thinking Politics When He Signed Transgender Bill in Private

by PretiFlaherty on

The Boston Globe’s State House bureau chief, Frank Phillips, wrote that Charlie Baker’s decision to sign the transgender public accommodations bill on Friday, July 8 -- behind closed doors and with no fanfare -- “was not the...more

Down Goes HB 1523: Judge Reeves Enjoins Mississippi from Enacting Controversial Religious Freedom Law

Late Thursday last night, Judge Carlton Reeves, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, entered a 60-page order striking down HB 1523, Mississippi’s controversial “Protecting Freedom of...more

LGBT Antidiscrimination Provisions to Apply to Louisiana Contractors on July 1

Government contractors in Louisiana should take note of the upcoming effective date of the state’s recently-signed antidiscrimination law. In April of 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) signed Executive Order JBE...more

Transgender Employee Bathroom Use

by Zelle LLP on

Ah, the bathroom. A place of relief and solitude for many, but for the last six weeks, it has been the focus of controversy. North Carolina now requires that people only use restrooms designated for the gender that appears...more

Flushed: The Debate Over Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees Continues

America is currently in the midst of a debate over sex segregated public bathrooms and their impact on the bathroom access rights of transgender individuals. Over the past few years, there’s been a wave of state legislation...more

House Bill 2: What It Does and Does Not Do (A Private Sector Business Perspective)

by Smith Anderson on

H.B. 2 does not preclude private sector businesses or employers from adopting policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity nor regulate their decisions with regard to employee or...more

Beyond the Bathroom: North Carolina’s H.B. 2 Also Flushes Local Employee Protections

by K&L Gates LLP on

The recent enactment of North Carolina’s H.B. 2, known as the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act” (the “Act”) has received widespread attention for its controversial restrictions on the use of certain...more

HB2 and You: A Short Guide for North Carolina employers

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Any North Carolinian not living under a rock has seen or heard something about North Carolina House Bill 2 by now. But what does this law, also known as the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, mean for private employers...more

New NC LGBT Legislation Eliminates All State Law Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

On March 23 following a one-day special session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed, and Governor McCrory signed HB 2, a bill that will have widespread effects on legal protections for employees in North Carolina. The...more

North Carolina General Assembly Does More Than Just Invalidate Charlotte’s LGBT Ordinance

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On Wednesday night, March 23, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly passed House Bill (HB) 2, which was then signed by Governor Pat McCrory. While HB 2 was prompted by the desire to overturn Charlotte’s recently enacted...more

Philadelphia Legislation Makes It Illegal for Single-Stall Bathrooms to Say ‘Men’ or ‘Women’

by Genova Burns LLC on

On November 19, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed legislation making it illegal for public restrooms in city-owned buildings, as well as in privately-owned restaurants, hotels and other businesses with public...more

New York State Adds Protected Classifications and Remedies for Workplace Discrimination

by Morgan Lewis on

The new laws are designed to protect equality for female employees in New York State; Governor also proposes regulations that would extend protections to transgender employees. On October 21, New York Governor Andrew...more

New York Expands Discrimination Protections Against Workplace Gender Bias

On October 21, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a number of bills, which cumulatively expand protections against gender discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

California’s Gender Identity Legislation: New Protections for Transgender Employees Working with State Agencies

On October 7, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 703 (SB 703), protecting transgender employees whose employers engage in business with state agencies. Specifically, the bill expands on the state’s pre-existing...more

AB 1266 Expands Rights of Transgender Students - New Law Creates Challenges for California School Districts

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1266, which adds a single sentence to California Education Code section 221.5 – a section that has long prohibited public schools from limiting participation in...more

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