Legal Updates

11/27/2022 12:51 AM

Colorado and Oregon Trigger Protections for Leaves Relating to Respiratory Illnesses
Employers with Colorado and Oregon operations now have additional leave obligations that apply during a public health emergency, which could include flu and RSV.
Illinois Passes Workers’ Rights Amendment
On Nov. 8, Illinois voters approved a union ballot measure, which amends the state constitution to guarantee workers a broad right to collective bargaining. It faces...
Former Employee Could Sue Company over Data Breach
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that a former employee of a biopharmaceutical company could sue the company for a data breach that resulted in the publication...
Female Doctor Can Pursue Equal Pay Act Claim
A federal district court ruled that a female doctor who earned less than male doctors at her hospital—including a new hire—could take her unequal pay claims to trial.
Enrollment Starts Soon for New Hampshire’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Plan
Enrollment starts soon for the New Hampshire Paid Family and Medical Leave (NH PFML) Plan, otherwise known as the Granite State Paid Family Leave Plan, the nation’s...
Employee Fired for Refusing to Attend AA Meetings Gets $305,000 Settlement
Employers that require employees to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings as part of rehabilitation programs must make sure they have alternatives for employees with...
Irvine, Calif. Boasts New Protections for Hotel Workers
Irvine, Calif. is set to implement a new ordinance that will require Irvine hotels to follow stringent workplace safety rules for their employees.
Uptick in Respiratory Illnesses Hinders Attendance, Productivity
The rapid spread of flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19 and the common cold this fall is causing a big wave of employee absences, with many staying at home...
No Consensus from Supreme Court in Personal Jurisdiction Case
The U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared split during oral arguments Nov. 8 in a corporate “personal jurisdiction” case with broad implications for employers because...
Respect for Marriage Act Would Protect Same-Sex Couples’ Company Benefits
Same-sex couples can continue enjoying company benefits just as opposite-sex couples do now that the Respect for Marriage Act is on track to be enacted.
Strategies for Making DE&I More Effective
Experts discussed strategies to make diversity, equity and inclusion training more effective.
Timing Unclear for California COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard
Debate at the Cal/OSHA Standards Board over a proposed two-year COVID-19 standard makes it likely that the ETS will remain in effect until February, meaning California...
EEOC Commissioner Resigns, Leaving Commission Deadlocked
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) member Janet Dhillon, a Republican, has resigned effective Nov. 18, leaving the EEOC deadlocked—split between two...
​Congress Reins In Nondisclosure Agreements
U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Speak Out Act, which prohibits the use of nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements in the case of sexual...
Abortion Rights Bolstered at State Level
This year’s Election Day resulted in a strengthening of abortion rights in several states, five months after the Supreme Court’s ruling in June left it up to each state...