Illinois Adds Pregnancy Accommodation to Human Rights Act

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that provide additional protections for pregnancy and childbirth.  Under the amendments, pregnancy is defined to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.”  The law also takes effect on January 1, 2015 and its key…

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Connecticut Expands Sick Leave

Our attorney friends at Murtha Culina have advised us that additional changes are in store for businesses in Connecticut as the legislature there has authorized changes in the state’s mandatory paid sick leave law effective January 1, but with the first week of October being an important timeframe as well.  There is a 50 employee minimum that determines the…

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New Jersey Bans The Box

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier this week signed into law Bill 1999, the so-called “ban the box” bill, which prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from asking an applicant about his/her criminal record until after a first interview has taken place.  The legislation, which is titled the “Opportunity to Compete Act”, was passed by…

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Federal EEOC Guidance On Pregnancy

Franchise owners are cautioned to be aware of a new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination issued two weeks ago by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  DDIFO employment counsel Morgan Brown Joy advised us of the guidance, which is the first update to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act since it was enacted back in 1978.  The…

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NJ Pushing Paid Leave

Although there hasn’t been a noticeable groundswell of support for mandated paid sick leave in the NJ legislature, the Speaker of the NJ Assembly this week announced that the body will consider a statewide paid sick leave mandate when they return in September.  Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto committed to bring the issue to the floor for a…

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Another Executive Order from Obama

Hot on the heels of the ruling by the NLRB General Counsel that McDonald’s is a “joint-employer” with its franchisees for purposes of employment law compliance, President Obama seemed to open up another front against businesses when he signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order this week.  Ostensibly, the Executive Order seeks to ensure that companies contracting…

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California Fair Franchising Bill Up For Vote

Our latest information is that the fair franchising legislation (SB 610) close to final enactment in the California Assembly could come up for a vote as soon as next week.  In fact, the IFA, which has been working hard to defeat this bill which will help restore a small bit of balance to the franchisor/franchisee…

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Tips Still a Problem in Massachusetts

Despite getting our clarifying tip-pooling language passed in the House again this year (and defeated by one vote in the Senate for the second time in a row), the provision did not survive an economic development conference committee’s final report, thereby killing the effort for the current legislative session.  Ambiguities in Massachusetts’ law, specifically the…

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Elsewhere in California

We remind franchisees and those concerned with the inequities in the franchise industry that California’s fair franchising legislation (SB 610) is headed to another vote when the legislature returns on August 4 from their summer recess.  The bill, which among other provisions, would mandate “good faith and fair dealing” and preserve a franchisee’s right to…

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Baltimore Adopts Nation’s Strictest Youth Curfew Law

The city of Baltimore, where a youth curfew has been on the books for over 20 years, recently enacted the strictest such curfew law in the country.  The new curfew requirement, which will take effect on August 15, requires that children between the ages of 14 and 16 be off the streets and home by…

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