Ban The Box, Build the Revenue

Like most newfangled legislative ideas, so-called “ban the box” laws, have enjoyed success at some government levels but failed in others. The Washington Post this week reported that Washington DC has levied almost $500,000 in fines from 1,100 charges of discrimination against private employers since it banned the box with the Fair Criminal Record Screening…

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Marijuana in the Workplace

The workplace is supposed to be a safe environment to better allow employees to maximize their productivity and their work experience. Surely, one thing that helps motivate employees is how comfortable they are in the workplace or in their working environment. To that end, many employers implement policies to address drug and alcohol use, which,…

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New York Expands Anti-Discrimination To Hairstyles

In the broad category of government mandates, New York seems to be “running away with it”! This week’s addition in the Big Apple comes from the New York City Commission on Human Rights, which is updating its rules for enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The new guidelines from the Commission specifically…

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New York City Adds Third Gender

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation into law adding a third gender to birth certificates for individuals born in the Big Apple. The bill, as passed by the City Council last month, allows individuals to change the M or F gender designation on their New York City birth certificate to…

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Sexual Harassment Training Mandates

The state of Delaware joined New York, California, Maine and Connecticut in mandating sexual harassment training for private employers when Governor John Carney signed HB 360 into law just over one week ago. The new law, which effective on January 1, 2019 broadens the categories of workers covered by the state Discrimination in Employment Act,…

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Court Restores Discrimination Claim Over Minimum Wage

In a surprising ruling on Wednesday, the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals restored a discrimination challenge brought against the city of Birmingham Alabama by African-American fast-food workers. The suit, initially filed in 2016, alleged that the state’s mostly white legislature violated the civil rights of black workers by nullifying a new minimum wage in…

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New Hampshire Adds Gender Identity Protection

The New Hampshire legislature passed HB 1319, an amendment to the state anti-discrimination laws, last month thereby adding gender identity protections for resident and employees throughout the Granite State. An Act Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Gender Identity, which took effect on July 8, adds New Hampshire to the rest of New England in prohibiting gender…

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Competitor News

The big news on the competitor front this week was clearly the difficulties Starbucks encountered when the manager of a Starbucks store in Philadelphia called police on two black men who hadn’t purchased anything at the store while they were waiting to meet a third individual. Police arrived and took the 2 gentlemen into custody…

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Massachusetts Pregnancy Protections

Effective Sunday, April 1, a new law in Massachusetts expressly prohibits discrimination against employees who are pregnant or experiencing pre- and/or post-birth pregnancy related medical needs. Known as the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the law immediately requires employers to provide their employees with notice of the act in writing by April 1, 2018 – a…

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Similar Story at EEOC

Although they weren’t as extreme as the NLRB under the Obama administration, there’s change taking place at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well. The business community should note that last week, President Trump nominated Iraq war veteran Daniel Gade to the final vacant post on the Commission. Gade, a graduate and former professor at…

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