Michigan Commission: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment Prohibited

Michigan Commission: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment Prohibited

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has taken significant action to clarify that its state statute prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of sex (among other characteristics) extends to prohibit employment discrimination based on orientation and gender identity: The Michigan Civil Rights Commission voted 5-0 to approve a statement legally interpreting the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act’s… Continue reading Michigan Commission: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination in Employment Prohibited

Minnesota Proposes Sweeping Change for Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

Minnesota Proposes Sweeping Change for Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

Last week, Minnesota legislators introduced a bill to amend the definition of sexual harassment under state law.  Indeed, this legislation has already received significant attention in the media throughout Minnesota.  And although the bill adds only a single sentence to existing law, it has the potential to significantly reshape the legal landscape for employees who bring… Continue reading Minnesota Proposes Sweeping Change for Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

NJ Becomes Tenth State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

NJ Becomes Tenth State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Today, as expected, Governor Murphy signed into law the Paid Sick Leave Act.  The Paid Sick Leave law is effective October 29, 2018. The Law requires all New Jersey employers, regardless of size, to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year.  Full details about the law can be found in our… Continue reading NJ Becomes Tenth State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Maryland Employers Must Adopt Stricter Sexual Harassment Policies

Maryland Employers Must Adopt Stricter Sexual Harassment Policies

Maryland’s Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018, which awaits Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature, imposes stricter waiver and disclosure requirements regarding sexual harassment on Maryland employers beginning on October 1, 2018.  The bill was passed by both houses of the Maryland General Assembly and a Governor’s veto is not anticipated. The bill impacts… Continue reading Maryland Employers Must Adopt Stricter Sexual Harassment Policies

Budget Bill Limits Circumstances Under Which Employers Can Use Tip Pools; Clarifies Damages Due If Employers Improperly Retain Employees Tips

Budget Bill Limits Circumstances Under Which Employers Can Use Tip Pools; Clarifies Damages Due If Employers Improperly Retain Employees Tips

After contentious negotiations and threatened government shutdowns, on March 23, the President signed the 2018 Budget Bill into law.  Of significance here, the bill resolved several longstanding regulatory issues. The spending bill, includes an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which now prohibits employers—including managers and supervisors—from participating in tip-pooling arrangements, even where… Continue reading Budget Bill Limits Circumstances Under Which Employers Can Use Tip Pools; Clarifies Damages Due If Employers Improperly Retain Employees Tips

Prior Salary No Longer a Defense to Equal Pay Claims?

Prior Salary No Longer a Defense to Equal Pay Claims?

This week, the 9th Circuit issued a decision that many say represents a sea change in how employers may defend against Equal Pay Claims. The decision in Rizo v. Yovino issued on April 9, 2018 overturned decades of interpretation of the Equal Pay Act and held that prior salary history may not be considered by employers.  However,… Continue reading Prior Salary No Longer a Defense to Equal Pay Claims?