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HTMLUtah Supreme Court Expands Wrongful Discharge Claims to Recognize Self-Defense as Public Policy
Conrad S. Kee; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 13, 2015
The Utah doctrine of wrongful discharge claims recognizes self-defense as a clear and substantial public policy under limited circumstances, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled in a 4-1 decision that expands the state’s exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine. Ray, et al. v. Wal-Mart...

 

HTMLMSHA Directs Enforcement Attention to Hazards of Confined Spaces
R. Brian Hendrix; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2015
Citing a recent occupational death and serious accident, the Mine Safety and Health Administration said it will be enforcing safety standards over the next several months in the Metal/Non-Metal (M/NM) sector of mining to try to prevent accidents associated with confined spaces.

 

HTMLRequires Private Sector Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave
Justin B. Cutlip; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 12, 2015
Elizabeth, New Jersey, joins a growing number of municipalities in the Garden State to enact a City Ordinance mandating that all private employers in the city provide their employees with paid sick time. Ordinance No. 4617 will take effect on March 2, 2016, or at the expiration of current...

 

HTMLLone Star State Expands Gun Rights, Mandates Additional Signage to Ban Guns from Property
Kristin L. Bauer, Katrin U. Schatz; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2015
Texas will allow the open carrying of handguns in public and the carrying of concealed handguns on university campuses beginning in 2016 under two bills signed by Governor Greg Abbott.

 

HTMLOregon Sick Leave: Applicability of Requirements to Employees Occasionally Working in State Unclear
Michael A. Griffin, Bryan P. O'Connor, Sarah J. Ryan, Christine A. Slattery; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2015, previously published on November 18, 2015
Beginning January 1, 2016, Oregon will join a growing number of cities and states mandating that employers provide certain classes of employees with sick leave benefits. For the specific requirements imposed by the new legislation, including when sick leave must be paid, see our article, Oregon...

 

HTMLSchool District Faces Government Sanctions under Title IX for Denying Transgender Female Student Access to Locker Rooms
Gregg E. Clifton, Michelle E. Phillips, Bethany Swaton Wagner; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2015
An Illinois school district has violated anti-discrimination laws by not allowing a transgender student who identifies as female and is on her high school’s girls’ sports team to change and shower in the girls’ locker room, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil...

 

HTMLEEOC Proposed Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Rule Permits Incentives in Wellness Programs for Spouse Health Information
Francis P. Alvarez, Joseph J. Lazzarotti; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2015, previously published on November 19, 2015
In a shift, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a proposed rule clarifying that the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) does not prohibit employers from offering limited incentives to employees when their covered spouses provide information about...

 

HTMLNew York City Issues Enforcement Guidance Related to City’s Fair Chance Act
Ellen M. Bandel, Susan M. Corcoran, Richard I. Greenberg, Daniel J. Jacobs; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 18, 2015, previously published on November 10, 2015
The New York City Commission on Human Rights, the agency responsible for enforcing New York City’s Fair Chance Act, has issued its “Interpretative Enforcement Guide” for the Act. (For detailed analysis of the Act’s requirements, see our articles, New York City Human Rights...

 

HTMLState OSHA Programs Can Be Significant Source of Big Fines
Carla J. Gunnin; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2015, previously published on November 6, 2015
While big penalties levied by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration dominate the headlines, monetary fines imposed by health and safety agencies in states backed by OSHA can be significant, too.

 

HTML‘Fight for $15’ Walk-Outs and Protests Continue; Are You Prepared for November 10?
Peter N. Moss, Philip B. Rosen, Timothy J. Ryan, Jonathan J. Spitz; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 12, 2015, previously published on November 6, 2015
Continuing its three-year campaign, “Fight for $15” on November 4, 2015, announced plans for worker strikes and protests at fast food restaurants in 270 U.S. cities on November 10. The protests, timed to occur one year prior to the 2016 presidential election, is calculated to send a...

 


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