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HTMLUtah Adds Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Anti-Discrimination Laws
Cecilia M. Romero; Holland & Hart LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015
On March 12, 2015, Utah signed into law a bill that protects individuals on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and housing. The law contains certain exceptions for religious organizations and permits employers to maintain reasonable dress codes and sex-specific...


HTMLOFCCP’s Proposed Sex Bias Rules Continue Focus on Compensation, Pregnancy Accommodation, and Gender Identity
A. Craig Cleland, Dara L. DeHaven; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 1, 2015, previously published on February 3, 2015
On January 28, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to replace the current sex discrimination guidelines. This updated rule is intended to reflect legislative changes that have occurred since the guidelines were implemented...


HTMLOFCCP Issues Proposed Sex Discrimination Rules to Replace Sex Discrimination Guidelines
Mickey Silberman; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 30, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
OFCCP announced today proposed regulations which would replace its Sex Discrimination Guidelines. What’s new? First, the rules would create new obligations whereas the Guidelines were “interpretations and guidelines” regarding Executive Order 11246’s prohibition of sex...


HTMLMeeting the Duty to Accommodate - A Success Story: University of British Columbia Reasonably Accommodated Researcher with Severe Mouse Allergy
Kirsten D. Hume; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 4, 2015
The duty to accommodate is a difficult process because it is uncertain. Whether an employer has met its duty to accommodate under human rights law requires an individualized assessment on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the standard of “undue hardship” is a high and moving target,...


HTMLNew Sexual Harassment Laws Coming Soon to the Workplace
Daniel Pugen; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 10, 2015
On March 6, 2015, the Ontario Government published its plan aimed at addressing sexual violence and harassment in Ontario. The document is titled, “It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment” (the “Action Plan”). The Action Plan has a lot to...


HTMLNew District of Columbia Non-Discrimination Laws
Sandy David Baron, Meredith Merry Campbell, Joy C. Einstein, Gregory D. Grant, Michael L. Kabik; Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 2015
D.C.’s Mayor signed two new measures amending the D.C. Human Rights Act (“DCHRA”) to prohibit (1) discrimination by religiously-affiliated educational institutions on the basis of sexual orientation; and (2) workplace bias related to reproductive decisions.


HTMLReview of New Illinois Laws: Civil Law
Heyl Royster Voelker Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 2015
Criminal Records in Employment. As of January 1, 2015, an employer of at least 15 persons or an employment agency may not check an applicant for a criminal record before either holding an interview or making a pre-interview conditional job offer. There are exceptions for licensed emergency medical...


HTMLAccommodating Transgender Students In Your School 
Stephanie Young; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 5, 2015
Many individuals experience discrimination, harassment and even violence as a result of having a gender identity which differs from their biological sex. On April 14, 2014, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released its Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender...


HTMLNew Anti-Trafficking Rule Presents Significant Challenges for Government Contractors
Edward T. DeLisle, Robert G. Ruggieri; Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
Effective today, a new Anti-Trafficking rule will substantially change and increase federal contractors’ compliance and certification requirements. The Anti-Trafficking rule requires that all federal contractors take certain actions related to combating human trafficking and slavery in their...


HTMLGermany Introduces Rules on Female Quota for Supervisory Boards and Leadership Positions
Dr. Ulrike Binder, Dr. Guido Zeppenfeld; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2015, previously published on March 13, 2015
Germany introduces a statutory minimum quota for female representatives on supervisory boards of co-determined (50/50), listed companies. In addition, the new law obligates numerous companies to observe rules regarding the composition of their supervisory boards and leadership positions.


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