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HTMLBest Practices to Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook
Melissa J. Jackson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 22, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014
An employee handbook is one of the most important tools employers have to communicate with employees about important workplace issues and can serve as an excellent defense to claims. While many employers have handbooks, the creation of a handbook is too often seen as a one-time event, as opposed to...


HTMLNew Jersey Governor Christie Signs Ban the Box Law
Mark Diana, Steven J. Luckner, Jocelyn A. Merced, Evan J. Shenkman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014
On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law “The Opportunity to Compete Act”—also referred to as the “ban the box” law—adding New Jersey to the growing list of states where employers are prohibited from asking criminal conviction...


HTMLGovernor Cuomo Signs Bill Giving New York Interns Workplace Protection
Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 7, 2014, previously published on August 6, 2014
On July 22, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation giving interns in New York State protections from sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace similar to those given to regular workers. The amendment to the state’s Human Rights Law clarifies the status of interns...


Adobe PDFGovernor Cuomo Signs Bill Extending Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns
Hancock Estabrook LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 2014
On July 22, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that provides unpaid interns with the same protections as paid employees under the New York State Human Rights Law. Under the new law, which is effective immediately, interns may not be discriminated against with respect to hiring,...


HTMLIowa Supreme Court Affirms Defense Verdict in Disparate-Impact Employment Discrimination Case Against State
Amanda M. Atherton; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on July 25, 2014
Last week, the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s judgment in favor of the state in Pippen v. State of Iowa et al, a class-action employment-discrimination case brought under Title VII and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. The class of over 5,000 was represented by twenty-three...


HTMLPrivacy: what laws apply in Atlantic Canada?
Ian C. Wallace; Stewart McKelvey;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014
With increasing digitalization and the potential harm resulting from violations of an individual’s privacy or unauthorized disclosure of one’s personal information, employers must remain diligent in efforts to collect, retain and disclose personal information and promote a culture of...


Adobe PDFEmployer Bears Burden of Proving Claimant’s Loss of Earning Power is Due to Lack of U.S. Citizenship
Francis X. Wickersham; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
The claimant filed a claim petition alleging that he sustained a work injury on July 19, 2008, while working as a truck driver for the employer. At a hearing held before the Workers’ Compensation Judge, the employer’s attorney cross examined the claimant, who was born in Ecuador and had...


Adobe PDFNew State Law Protects Unpaid Interns in the Workplace
Morrison Cohen LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 28, 2014
Civil rights and workplace protections have been extended to unpaid interns under a new state law that took effect early last week. The law was prompted by a recent dismissal of sexual harassment claims brought in federal court in New York by an unpaid intern against a company executive on the...


HTMLExecutive Order Protects Federal Contractor LGBT Workers
Cheryl L. Behymer; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014
Yesterday President Obama issued an Executive Order extending antidiscrimination protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as including these categories in affirmative action requirements. Regarding the federal contractor obligations, the Secretary of Labor will...


HTMLEmployers Should Take Advantage of Human Rights Summary Hearings
Daniel Pugen; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 23, 2014
A few years back, the human rights system in Ontario was overhauled. The Human Rights Commission was to no longer investigate complaints and refer them to the Human Rights Tribunal (if they had some merit). All cases were to now go directly to the Tribunal for adjudication. Applicants (who are...


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