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|New York City Pregnancy Discrimination Law Becomes Effective on January 30: Are You Prepared?|
Goldberg Segalla LLP;
January 24, 2014, previously published on January 17, 2014Employers in New York City are reminded to prepare for a new addition to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), effective January 30, which requires employers with four or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees and employees with pregnancy- or...
|New York City Human Rights Law Expands Duty to Accommodate Pregnant Employees|
Daniel L. Schwartz, Basil C. Sitaras; Day Pitney LLP;
January 21, 2014, previously published on January 16, 2014On January 30, an expansion to the New York City Human Rights Law to include pregnancy discrimination will go into effect. Under the new law, NYC employers with four or more employees will have a duty to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant women and those who suffer medical conditions...
|Beauty Pageant Case Provides Example of Welcomed Use of Summary Hearings by the Human Rights Tribunal|
Benjamin T. Aberant, Daniel Pugen; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
January 15, 2014, previously published on January 8, 2014Back in April 2013, we reported on a Human Rights Tribunal (the Tribunal) decision where a summary hearing was granted and an application was dismissed as having no reasonable prospect of success. A newly released decision involving a beauty pageant demonstrates the Tribunal’s increasing and...
|Karzon v. AT&T, Inc. - Electronic Review of an Arbitration Agreement Can Mean Missouri Human Rights Act Claims Must Be Arbitrated|
McMahon Berger A Professional Corporation;
January 13, 2014, previously published on January 10, 2014On January 7, 2014, Judge Carol Jackson granted AT&T’s motion to compel arbitration based on its argument that the employee failed to opt out of its Management Arbitration Agreement linked to an email sent out in 2011. http://hr.cch.com/ELD/KarzonAT&T.pdf. Mr. Karzon had received an e-mail on...
|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. 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.