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
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
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?
Monday, New York’s budget bill for FY 2019 was presented to the Governor for signature. Buried among the usual budget line items are several provisions that will drastically affect employers. In what seems to be a direct response to the #metoo movement, the bill sets training requirements, prohibits mandatory arbitration of discrimination claims, and outlaws… Continue reading NY’s Women’s Agenda in 2019 Budget Bill Means Big Changes for Employers
Recently I watched a male attorney speak to opposing counsel (a female) in a condescending, chastising manner that I cannot imagine he would have used if he had been speaking to a male attorney. Her male colleague, who was standing right next to her, said nothing. I said nothing. And the female opposing counsel said… Continue reading The Gray is Not Okay – Recognizing Gender Discrimination When it Isn’t Black and White
Volvo Group North America, LLC will pay $70,000 and institute a three-year consent decree to resolve a federal disability discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC). According to the suit, Volvo made a conditional job offer to a qualified applicant for a laborer position at its Hagerstown, Maryland facility. The applicant,… Continue reading Volvo Reaches $70k Settlement in Disability Discrimination Suit After Refusing to Hire Applicant on Suboxone
In one of his final acts in office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation to prohibit discrimination against breastfeeding employees. The bill, which was introduced by Democratic legislators and passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously, amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and takes immediate effect. New Jersey employers should expect this law to… Continue reading NJ Prohibits Discrimination against Breastfeeding Employees