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|DOL Releases Regulations Extending Protections to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender Employees, Applicants|
Eric J. Felsberg, Michelle E. Phillips; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014Final regulations implementing the July 21, 2014, Presidential Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and applicants were published in the Federal Register (“the Rule” or...
|Illinois Issues Required Employer Posting and Fact Sheet under Pregnancy Accommodations Law|
Hallie Diethelm Caldarone, Kathryn Montgomery Moran, Paul A. Patten; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 16, 2014Beginning January 1, 2015, the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) will offer additional protections for pregnant women in the workplace and additional responsibilities for employers with respect to their pregnant workers. On or before that date, employers must post information about the...
|Maine Human Rights Commission Amends Complaint Procedures|
February 18, 2015, previously published on February 9, 2015Any employer that has ever been part of a Maine Human Rights Commission investigation has learned firsthand that the process can be long, frustrating and often-times unfair. Due to chronic understaffing at the Commission, the investigation process can be agonizingly slow and drag on for up to two...
|The Long History of GM’s Ignition Switch Cover Up|
Jodi Westbrook Flowers; Motley Rice;
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014GM’s ignition switch defect has now been linked to 38 deaths to date. The ignition switch problem was so obvious that customers, journalists and even GM employees were reporting the problem a decade before GM finally admitted the issue and recalled the cars.
|ADEA Claim Failed for Employee's Failure to Refute Employer's Legitimate and Non-Discriminatory Reasons for Termination|
Catherine A. Stevens; Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.;
February 18, 2015, previously published on January 13, 2015 76-year old Carlyn Johnson sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act after he was fired from his position with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. The district court granted Securitas summary judgment, finding that Johnson failed to submit sufficient evidence to show that a genuine...
|OCR Issues New Bulletin on Ensuring Privacy in Public Health Emergencies|
Stephanie Willis; Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
February 18, 2015, previously published on November 13, 2014This week, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a bulletin (Bulletin) to remind covered entities and business associates that “the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.”
|OFCCP to Update Sex Discrimination Guidelines|
Duane Morris LLP;
February 18, 2015, previously published on February 5, 2015On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register to rescind and replace the OFCCP's Sex Discrimination Guidelines. These significant proposed regulations would rescind the current Sex...
|Update on Transgender Rights in the Workplace|
Rachael M. Coe, Rachael Jeanfreau, Eve B. Masinter; Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 20, 2015Transgender rights in the workplace continue to materialize and develop in the wake of the EEOC’s 2012 landmark Macy v. Holder decision, which provided a Title VII employment discrimination cause of action for transgender plaintiffs in the federal employment context.
|An ICE Detainer is Merely a Request - Not a Requirement|
Jim Cornwell, Michelle L. Warden; Sands Anderson PC;
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 21, 2015Law enforcement officers and agencies are often faced with deciding whether they are required to detain an otherwise releasable prisoner when there is a detainer on the prisoner from the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) on file. The Commonwealth of...
Christina Morton; Withers Bergman LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on November 28, 2014Last week was Anti-Bullying Week. I confess that this annual event, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, passed me by this year, despite the fact that earlier in the month I had been discussing the problem of bullying with a group of managers involved in arts organizations.