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HTMLHarris Stowe Again Hit By Multi-Million Dollar Discrimination Verdict
McMahon Berger A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
January 7, 2016, previously published on December 21, 2015
Just one month after a jury awarded a former Harris Stowe professor nearly $5 million on claims of racial discrimination, the University has again been hit by a very large discrimination verdict, this time for $2.5 million. The more recent case involved charges of discrimination and retaliation...


HTMLEmployment Law Client Alert: New York City Issues Fair Chance Act Guidance: Job Seekers To Be Judged On Merits
Paul F. Millus; Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 15, 2015, previously published on December 3, 2015
Effective October 27, 2015, The Fair Chance Act ("FCA"), amends the New York City Human Rights Law by making it an unlawful discriminatory practice for most New York City employers, labor organizations, and employment agencies to inquire about or consider the criminal history of job...


HTMLPortland Passes Strict New "Ban The Box" Law
Richard R. Meneghello; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 15, 2015, previously published on November 30, 2015
The Portland City Council passed its own version of a “Ban The Box” law right before the Thanksgiving holiday, which will require most businesses operating in the city to adjust their hiring practices. Under the strict new rules, covered Portland businesses will be prohibited from...


HTMLThe IDEA Statute of Limitations (Finally!) Explained
Christopher J. Conrad; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 25, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2015
In 2004, Congress reauthorized the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq., a federal law intended to ensure that every child with special needs is afforded a free appropriate public education (commonly known as a FAPE). The IDEA ensures that right by...


HTMLNew York City Issues Enforcement Guidance Related to City’s Fair Chance Act
Ellen M. Bandel, Susan M. Corcoran, Richard I. Greenberg, Daniel J. Jacobs; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 18, 2015, previously published on November 10, 2015
The New York City Commission on Human Rights, the agency responsible for enforcing New York City’s Fair Chance Act, has issued its “Interpretative Enforcement Guide” for the Act. (For detailed analysis of the Act’s requirements, see our articles, New York City Human Rights...


HTMLBan-The-Box Law Takes Effect
Daniel W. Morris; Clifton Budd & DeMaria, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 5, 2015, previously published on October 26, 2015
Earlier this year, we informed you that New York City had approved legislation making it unlawful for an employer to make any inquiry or statement related to an applicant's pending arrest or criminal conviction record-or conduct a criminal background check-until after the employer had extended a...


HTMLPlaintiff May Sue Detectives Under New Jersey Civil Rights Act For Securing Premises Without Warrant
Betsy G. Ramos; Capehart & Scatchard, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on September 30, 2015
Two members of the State Police entered plaintiff Denise Brown’s apartment searching for evidence of a home invasion they believed had been committed by her boyfriend. They were looking for a stolen piece of jewelry (a locket) they suspected he gave to her. However, they did not have a...


HTMLSenate Passes Special Needs Trust Fairness Act; Focus Shifts to House
Leah Mitchell McElmoyl; Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 2015
The Senate has unanimously approved the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, a bill that would allow people with disabilities to create their own first-party special needs trusts without having to rely on others.


HTMLDiversity Programs in Canada
Jordan W. Charness; Wong Fleming;
Legal Alert/Article
October 16, 2015, previously published on September 2015
The Canadian Constitution was amended in 1982, introducing a new piece of legislation, the Canada Act, which includes the now famous Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


HTMLHuman Rights Commission to New York City Employers: Be Wary of Consulting Credit Histories
Loeb Loeb LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 15, 2015, previously published on October 2015
Businesses operating in New York City may already be aware that the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (read the full text here), which took effect on September 3, 2015, generally prohibits employers from considering an individual’s credit history for employment purposes. In a...


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