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|Oregon Governor Signs ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation|
Heidi Guettler; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
July 13, 2015, previously published on July 7, 2015Legislation restricting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process has been signed into law by Governor Kate Brown on June 26, 2015. The “Ban the Box” law, H.B. 3025, will take effect on January 1, 2016.
|New York City Enacts Ban-the-Box Legislation|
Ellen M. Bandel, Susan M. Corcoran, Richard I. Greenberg, Daniel J. Jacobs, Christopher M. Valentino; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
July 10, 2015, previously published on July 2, 2015New York City has adopted an ordinance restricting when employer inquiries about applicants’ criminal histories may be made during the application process and imposing significant obligations on employers who intend to take action based on such information.
|Oregon Legislature Votes to “Ban the Box”|
Sean M. Driscoll; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
June 24, 2015, previously published on June 18, 2015Oregon will soon join the ranks of states with “ban the box” legislation. Provided House Bill (HB) 3025 is signed by Governor Kate Brown (which is virtually certain), the new law will regulate when Oregon employers can ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions. The effective date...
|Nebraska's Abolition of the Death Penalty Will Save the State Millions|
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
June 17, 2015, previously published on June 4, 2015As was widely broadcast last week, Nebraska lawmakers outlawed the death penalty, overriding Gov. Pete Rickets’ veto that would have kept it intact. Reuters reported that it is the first majority Republican state to do so since 1973, when North Dakota outlawed it.
|Florida’s Apparent Increase on Caps for Damages Recoverable in Cases Against Providers of Foster Care Services Is Misleading|
Andrea L. Diederich; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
June 12, 2015, previously published on June 1, 2015Effective July 1, 2014, the statutory caps on damages recoverable in cases involving providers of foster care and related services were amended. See § 409.993, Fla. Stat. (2014). As before, the new statute provides caps on both economic damages and noneconomic damages in such cases. However,...
|Illinois’ Cook County Ordinance Restricts Credit History Use|
Kathryn Montgomery Moran, Jason A. Selvey; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
June 8, 2015, previously published on June 2, 2015An amendment to Cook County’s Human Rights Ordinance, with certain exceptions, broadly prohibits employers from using credit histories or reports in making employment decisions. Cook County is the most populous county in Illinois and the one in which Chicago is situated.
|Garcia v. Google Inc.|
Loeb Loeb LLP;
May 26, 2015, previously published on May 18, 2015Ninth Circuit sitting en banc reverses 2-1 panel decision that required Google to remove anti-Islam video from YouTube based on actor’s claim of copyright in her five-second appearance, holding that “a weak copyright claim cannot justify censorship in the guise of authorship.”
|"Full and final settlement of any and all claims" - not so, says the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal|
Kelsey Dick; Field Law;
May 25, 2015, previously published on April 29, 2015 The Alberta Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) released a decision this month that considered whether the terms of a Release Agreement constituted a valid and enforceable settlement of an employee’s allegations of human rights discrimination arising from employment.
|New Legislation Promises More Investigations by the New York City Commission on Human Rights|
Aaron Warshaw; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
May 13, 2015, previously published on April 30, 2015On April 20, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed two new bills into law that authorize the New York City Commission on Human Rights to increase the number of employment discrimination investigations.
|Supreme Court of Canada Grants Leave to Fracking "Crusader"|
Michael C. Barbero, Gavin S. Fitch; McLennan Ross LLP;
May 13, 2015, previously published on May 1, 2015Earlier this week the Supreme Court of Canada granted Jessica Ernst leave to appeal a ruling of the Alberta Court of Appeal. The ruling confirmed a lower court decision to strike out portions of Ernst's claim for not disclosing a reasonable cause of action. The Court of Appeal decision upheld a...