On Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, Peter B. Robb, the newly appointed and confirmed General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), issued a memorandum to all NLRB Regions outlining his key legal interpretation priorities (click on “Mandatory Submission to Advice”). Through this memorandum, Robb directed all Regional Directors to [...]
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the largest state in the nation, California, will join the national “Ban the Box” initiative by prohibiting criminal background inquiries in employment applications. California’s new law restricts employers’ scope, timing, and usage of criminal background check information in the hiring process. Similarly, public and private employers [...]
As part of efforts to ensure pay equality, many states and localities across the United States have passed laws that prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicant’s salary history at various stages of the hiring process. As a result, employers may need to revise their employment applications and the questions [...]
New allegations of sexual harassment against well-known figures, from Harvey Weinstein to Roy Moore and Matt Lauer, fill our newsfeeds on a weekly basis. Millions of people have joined the #metoo movement and shared their own harassment experiences on social media. The movement is likely to continue for the foreseeable [...]
In addition to paid sick leave laws (see yesterday’s blogpost), states continue to expand protections for family leave, particularly leave for new parents. Both California and New York have implemented new family leave laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Below we provide a brief overview of each [...]
As we reported on June 1, 2017, more states and municipalities have jumped on the paid sick leave bandwagon currently touring the country. In the second half of 2017, the trend continued. Washington and Rhode Island will mandate employers in those states to provide generous paid sick leave benefits to [...]
Change is on the horizon. In 2017, numerous states and municipalities passed laws that impose additional obligations on employers and significant penalties for compliance failures. For example, employers in numerous states and cities will need to provide paid sick and parental leave to employees beginning in 2018. In addition, more [...]
On Nov. 9, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta told attendees at the American Bar Association’s Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference that the Department of Labor's (DOL) priority is to create jobs. Referencing President Donald Trump’s executive order directing federal agencies to reduce regulations, Secretary Acosta said the department can [...]
On Nov. 1, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that Jennifer Abruzzo will serve as Acting General Counsel for the government’s labor law enforcement agency, replacing the controversial Richard Griffin, who was appointed to the position by former President Barack Obama. [...]
On Sept. 20, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) handed employers a major victory regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., the court ruled that a multiple-month leave of absence does not constitute a reasonable accommodation under [...]
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