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|Patiently Waiting for the Florida Supreme Court to Decide Whether Pregnant Women Are Protected Under the Florida Civil Rights Act|
Jeannie A. Liebegott; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
March 14, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014There is currently a conflict within the Florida circuits on the issue of whether the Florida Civil Rights Act (§§ 760.01-010, Florida Statutes) protects against workplace discrimination based on pregnancy. This issue was heard by the Florida Supreme Court in late May 2013, in the case of...
|Grappling with Procedures Mandated by the ADA|
Paul F. Keneally; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
March 7, 2014, previously published on March 6, 2014Many employers, understandably, have become so frustrated with the number of laws and regulations they must follow that they now assume they must grant every employee request. This tendency has been especially prevalent when discussing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its counterpart...
|Nebraska Extends Veterans Preference to Spouses of Disabled Vets|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 5, 2014, previously published on February 27, 2014Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has approved a new Nebraska law that extends veterans preference in hiring to the spouses of permanently disabled veterans. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2015.
|Dear Colleague Letter Firmly Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies|
Pullman Comley LLC;
February 21, 2014The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering student discipline without discrimination on the basis of race,...
|How to Ensure an Inclusive Environment for Student Athletes and Issues of Sexual Identity|
Andrea N. Jones; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 8, 2014Recently, college sophomore Conner Mertens became the first college football player in the United States to publicly come out. Conner is the kicker on the Willamette University football team in Oregon. This unprecedented event affects not only the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and...
|Singapore Court Of Appeal Upholds Ruling on Legal Entitlement to Assets of Deposed Philippines Premier, Ferdinand E Marcos|
Annie Clarke, Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 14, 2014In 1986, the President of the Philippines, Mr Ferdinand E. Marcos, was deposed by a non-violent coup later popularised as the ‘People Power Revolution’. During his tenure, Mr Marcos, his family and close associates are alleged to have illicitly looted public assets to amass a huge...
|Relief from Indiana Wage Payment and Wage Deduction Statutes May Be in Sight|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 12, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014Indiana Wage Payment Statute - House Bill 1126 - Under the Indiana Wage Payment Statute, an employee claiming he or she is owed wages may seek treble damages (three times the amount of wages owed) plus attorneys’ fees. An award of treble damages and fees is automatic if the employee prevails,...
|Costs in Human Rights Cases: Keeping Complainants Honest|
Christopher McHardy; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 4, 2014The BC Human Rights Tribunal has the power to order costs in favour of an employer. It uses this power very infrequently, but it is an important deterrent to frivolous complaints and helps to protect the integrity of the process. We discussed the use of costs in an earlier post.
|Stop Talking to the Police!|
Cody Jordan; Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 1, 2014 Being questioned by the police is certainly not a fun way to spend time. Often, though, the actual length of time spent is as much determined by the person being questioned as it is determined by the police doing the questioning because people don’t seem to know when to stop talking. ...
|Rocky Mountain High: Colorado High Court to Weigh in on Employers’ Ability to Enforce Drug Policies in the Face of State-Sanctioned Off-the-Clock Marijuana Use|
David M. Katz; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
February 11, 2014, previously published on February 6, 2014Last week the Colorado Supreme Court decided to review a 2013 appellate court decision holding that Colorado employers may lawfully terminate employees for their off-duty use of medical marijuana even if they are not impaired on the job. Though oral argument has not yet been set, this case, Coats...