Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Are Now Prohibited Bases in Utah Employment

On March 12, 2015, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law Bill S 296 outlawing employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Under the law, employers with 15 or more employees may not refuse to hire, promote, discharge, … Continue reading

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Virginia Law Prohibits Employer Social Media Snooping

Effective July 1, 2015, Vermont will become the latest state to prohibit an employer from requesting or requiring an employee or applicant to disclose their social media account information. Research indicates that more than 77 percent of companies use social … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Signs Agreement with U.S. Department of Labor to Protect Misclassified Employees

On May 7, 2015, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor. Like the MOU between the U.S. Department of Labor and states like Alabama, California, Florida, and … Continue reading

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Chicago’s Minimum Wage Rate 20% Higher than State Minimum Wage; Chicago Poster Required

On July 1, 2015, minimum wage workers in the city of Chicago, Illinois will get a raise. Last December, the Chicago City Council passed an Ordinance raising the City’s minimum wage to $10.00 per hour, well above the current $8.25 … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Updates Fair Employment Posting

The Attorney General’s Office of Massachusetts has recently released an updated Fair Employment posting that includes information on two new laws. All employers with six or more employees are protected under the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B and are required … Continue reading

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District of Columbia Zip Code Project – Compliance Inspections Imminent

WHAT IS THE ZIP CODE PROJECT? The Zip Code Project sets up a district-wide “foot patrol” to educate employers and increase compliance with District labor laws and in particular the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act (WTPAA). The WTPAA went into … Continue reading

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Georgia Federal Law Concludes DNA Test Used for Inappropriate Workplace Behavior Investigation Violates GINA

On May 5, 2015, a Georgia federal court found employer, Atlas Logistics Group Retail Services, LLC liable of violating the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). In 2012, Atlas found that an employee(s) were using the warehouse facilities to store groceries … Continue reading

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Maryland Releases Required Equal Pay for Equal Work Posting Update

All Maryland employers are required to post the updated 2015 Equal Pay for Equal Work workplace notice. The Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work law requires an employer to provide equal pay to men and women who work in the … Continue reading

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Nebraska Passes New Law Requiring Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

On April 13, 2015, the governor of Nebraska signed a bill (L 627) relating to pregnancy under the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act. Beginning September, employers with 15 employees or more will be required to offer their employees reasonable accommodations … Continue reading

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Growing Trend – Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy and Childbirth

More states are passing laws that require employers to provide reasonable accommodations for workers whose ability to perform their job functions is limited by pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. It’s a labor law trend that in all likelihood will continue … Continue reading

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