On April 25th, federal lawmakers reintroduced the latest version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) in both the House and Senate. If passed, ENDA would prohibit covered employers from discriminating against employees and applicants on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. ENDA is certainly not new legislation. ENDA, in one form or … Continue Reading
Prepared by: Brian Confino Most businesses possess confidential information or trade secrets that need to be safe-guarded, or intellectual property, equipment, or processes that set them apart from their competition. Many companies choose to protect this information using “restrictive covenants” – agreements in which employees promise not to compete with the business in the future, … Continue Reading
In response to the growing number of tragic mass shootings, most recently in Newtown, Connecticut, federal, state and local governments continue grappling with how to address issues of gun control. Given these arising issues, employers must also be cognizant of their duty to protect employees, clients and customers while still being mindful of individual employee … Continue Reading
New York State’s minimum wage will gradually increase from the current rate of $7.25 per hour to $9.00 per hour over the next few years. The wage increases go into effect as follows: $8.00 on or after December 31, 2013; $8.75 on or after December 31, 2014; and $9.00 on or after December 31, 2015.… Continue Reading
On November 18, 2012, companies doing business in Newark, N.J., that employ five or more workers will be prohibited from conducting criminal background checks before or during the job application process.… Continue Reading
March 1, 2012 marks a critical compliance date for businesses covered by the Massachusetts data security regulations, which includes virtually all Massachusetts employers. Regulations implementing Massachusetts law defining standards to be met by businesses with access to “personal information” of any Massachusetts resident went into effect in 2010. The regulations contain a two-year grace period … Continue Reading
Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Gender Non-Discrimination Act (AB 887), which changes the language of the state anti-discrimination law to specifically include gender, gender identity and gender expression as enumerated protected categories. The governor also signed into law the Vital Statistics Modernization Act (AB 433), which streamlines the process by which transgender individuals may correct the gender marker on their birth certificates.… Continue Reading
A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that would end the issuance of special certificates that allow employers to pay employees with disabilities below minimum wage.
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The new health care law, otherwise known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires that, beginning after December 31, 2013, “applicable large employers” must provide affordable health coverage to their full-time employees. Failure to do so may subject these employers to a shared responsibility payment, or an “assessable payment,” pursuant to Internal … Continue Reading
Philadelphia recently became the latest jurisdiction to join what appears to be a nationwide movement to “ban the box” — that is, the box on employment applications that asks job seekers to disclose criminal history. The new ordinance becomes effective on July 13, 2011. Prior to this date, employers subject to the law should revise … Continue Reading
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an employer may be held liable for retaliating against an employee who did not engage in any protected activity, but who has a close relationship with another employee who did engage in protected activity.
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The California election results are unlikely to signal that "Happy Days Are Here Again" for California employers. Companies with California employees should start reviewing their compliance processes and risk management measures.
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As previously reported here, the California legislature ended its regular session by sending a mixed bag of bills to the Governor for consideration. Most were vetoed but those that were signed into law present some new challenges and opportunities on topics ranging from organ donor leave to meal period relief for some employers to a … Continue Reading
From Terence P. McCourt of GT Boston. Thanks and welcome to Terry! Two new bills recently signed into law by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick contain important provisions affecting personnel practices for employers doing business in Massachusetts. The new laws regulate criminal record inquiries on job applications, and create new notification requirements related to employee personnel … Continue Reading
According to a report issued this week by the Treasury Department, employers who have hired previously unemployed workers this year are eligible for an estimated $10.4 billion in tax breaks under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. The Act, which was enacted in March of this year, provides payroll and business tax incentives to … Continue Reading
Employers may soon face new requirements in the Department of Labor’s efforts to reform the unemployment insurance program. On Monday, the Department announced that it had introduced legislation designed to combat fraud and reduce the overpayment of unemployment insurance benefits. According to Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, more than $11.4 billion in unemployment benefits … Continue Reading
As expected, on April 15, 2010 President Obama signed into law an extension of the COBRA premium subsidy through May 31, 2010 (Continuing Extension Act of 2010). An individual is eligible for the subsidy if the individual elects COBRA coverage after an involuntary termination of employment. Eligible individuals pay only 35 percent of their COBRA … Continue Reading