US House Passes Equality Act

As a precursor to passing COVID-19 Relief including the $15 minimum wage as explained above, the US House also last week passed the Equality Bill, for a second time and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The Equality Act, which also passed the House in 2019 but died in the Senate, amends Title VII…

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Ohio Modifies Employment Discrimination Law

Concluding a long two-decade endeavor by Ohio business interests, Governor Mike DeWine this week signed House Bill 352 into law in the Buckeye State. The legislation, which has been strongly pushed for years by the defense bar as well as business advocates, reduces the statute of limitation on complaints of discrimination within the workplace. Previously,…

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EEOC Approves MOU with Justice and Labor

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) formally authorized entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other agencies to improve collaboration and enforcement of federal labor laws. The full complement of 5 EEOC Commissioners (3 republican & 2 democrat members) met publicly, albeit virtually, for the first time in quite a while to discuss and…

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Pregnancy Accommodation Mandates

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation a few weeks ago that mandates businesses provide further accommodations for the convenience of pregnant employees. Although the Pregnancy Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694) has yet to pass the Senate and may never, in fact become law, it was passed by the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in…

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SCOTUS Confirms Protection for LGBTQ Workers

Early this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued a decision extending anti-discrimination protections in the workplace to gay and trans-gender employees. In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court confirmed that federal law protecting employees from harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex extends to include both…

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Virginia OKs Wage Delay, Bans LGBT Discrimination

In response to a proposal by Governor Ralph Northam, of which we advised you last week, the Virginia legislature has approved a delay in the minimum wage increase that was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2021.  Under the amendments passed this week however, the initial increase (from the current $7.25 to $9.50…

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House Seeks Tighter Age Discrimination

The US House this week gave bi-partisan approval to the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) by a wide margin. On a vote of 261 – 155, the House cleared the legislation and sent it along to the Senate. The bill, HR 1230, seeks to restore protections that were eliminated by the US Supreme…

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Cuomo Signs Equal Pay Laws

Although his final decision should not have been in doubt, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used the occasion of the USA Women’s World Cup Champions ticker tape parade to sign legislation mandating equal pay for substantially similar work and prohibiting pay differences based on an individual’s age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, domestic…

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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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