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|Diversity Awareness: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day|
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
January 10, 2014, previously published on January 2014In 1994, the US Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service taking place each year on the third Monday in January. The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service - a “day on, not a day off.” Martin...
|New Jersey Employers: Gender Equity Notice Requirements Effective Now|
Duane Morris LLP;
January 10, 2014, previously published on January 7, 2014On January 6, 2014, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) published the long-awaited gender equity notice and accompanying regulations. Back in September 2012, the New Jersey Legislature amended the New Jersey Equal Pay Act to require notice to employees of their...
|Damages for Injury to Dignity Significantly Increased by B.C. Human Rights Tribunal|
Ryley Mennie; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
January 9, 2014, previously published on January 7, 2014In Kelly v. University of British Columbia (No. 4), 2013 BCHRT 302, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal awarded the complainant, Dr. Carl Kelly, $75,000 in damages for injury to dignity. This is more than double the previous highest award of $35,000, set in Senyk v. WFG Agency Network (B.C.) Inc., 2008...
|ABOTA Seeks to Preserve U.S. Judicial System|
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
January 7, 2014, previously published on January 6, 2014What do you love most about living in America? For some U.S. citizens, the right to a fair trial by jury is one of the most appreciated parts of living in our country. Without the judicial processes that have so long kept order in and out of the court room, many citizens would quickly recognize how...
|Cost Orders Under the Ontario Human Rights Code?|
Matthew Demeo; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
January 3, 2014, previously published on December 20, 2013A common complaint we hear from employers who are engaged in proceedings before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (Tribunal) is that regardless of the merits of the complaint, or the end result, the employer is burdened with the legal costs of successfully defending a complaint. Currently, the...
|No. 2 - ‘Tis the Season for Giving...|
Stacey Hall Weitzenkamp; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
December 27, 2013, previously published on December 20, 2013The holidays seem to put everyone in a giving mood, including many employers who give holiday or year-end bonuses to employees. These generous employers should be aware that certain federal and state laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Family Medical Leave Act...
|No. 1 - New Year, New Law? Iowa Supreme Court Decisions in 2014|
Debra L. Hulett; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
December 27, 2013, previously published on December 23, 2013This term, the Iowa Supreme Court will likely decide appeals in employment-related cases, including cases interpreting the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
|On the 9th Day of Privacy, the European Union Gave to Me . . .|
Susan L. Foster; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
December 23, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013(LONDON) Major changes are on the way in Europe that will have a significant impact on companies anywhere in the world that collect or process personal data of residents of the EU. But what will the precise nature of those changes be . . . and when will they arrive? The draft Data Protection...
|Contractor Ordered to Pay Half a Million Dollars for Sexual Harassment|
Lisa Franzini, Adam Salter; Jones Day;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 2013The Federal Court has granted a female employee $476,000 in damages, after finding she was sexually harassed by an "arrogant" contractor. The contractor (who was engaged as a contract accountant) had been pursuing the female employee in an aggressive and persistent manner, despite her...
|Nurse Practitioners with Same Medical Condition Not ‘Substantially Similar,’ Tennessee Federal Court Rules|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
December 20, 2013, previously published on December 19, 2013Granting summary judgment in favor of an employer in a race discrimination case under the Tennessee Human Rights Act and Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, a federal district court in Tennessee has ruled that an African-American employee, who had Multiple Sclerosis (“MS”) and...