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|Maryland General Assembly Employment Legislation Update|
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
May 16, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014During the Maryland General Assembly session that ended in April 2014, Shawe Rosenthal lawyers again worked with the Maryland Chamber of Commerce to oppose or moderate legislation affecting employers. Several employment bills were passed and have been or are expected to be signed by the Governor.
|Baltimore City "Bans the Box"|
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
May 16, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014The Baltimore City Council has passed legislation prohibiting private employers in Baltimore City from asking about an applicant’s criminal background until a conditional job offer has been made (i.e. “banning the box” about criminal records that would be checked on an employment...
|President Obama Signs Executive Orders Targeting Equal Pay|
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
May 16, 2014, previously published on April 30, 2014Stymied by Congress, President Obama has been using his rulemaking authority to address wage issues, the latest of which is equal pay for women and minorities. On April 8, 2014, President Obama signed two documents, an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum, dealing with equal pay issues....
|Is Your Business At Risk for Damages and Civil Money Penalties Based on Violations Stemming from Improper I-9 and E-Verify Procedures?|
Mary E. Pivec; Ford & Harrison LLP;
May 16, 2014, previously published on May 15, 2014Executive Summary: The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Discrimination (OSC) within the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made it a priority to pursue employers who allegedly misuse or abuse access to the E-Verify program and unlawfully discriminate...
|Another Judge Finds that Obesity May be a “Disability” Under the ADA|
David M. Katz; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
May 13, 2014, previously published on May 6, 2014Yet another federal court judge, the Honorable Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. of the Eastern District of Missouri, recently ruled, in Whittaker v. America’s Car-Mart, Inc., that an employee’s severe obesity could constitute a “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
|Not Loving It: Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Denies Attempt by Fast Food Franchisor to Extricate Itself from Complaint|
Carly Cohen; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
May 12, 2014, previously published on May 2, 2014In Lindsey v. McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd., the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario denied McDonald’s preliminary request that it be removed as a respondent to an application alleging discrimination by a former employee.
|Duty to Accommodate Child Care Obligations? The Federal Court of Appeal Weighs In|
Rosalie Cress; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
May 12, 2014, previously published on May 9, 2014What is an employer’s duty to accommodate an employee’s child care obligations? This topic continues to be a hot one in the workplace, as employers try to balance the need to retain talent and ensure a productive workplace.
|Obama Administration Releases Names of Colleges and Universities Facing Sexual Assault Investigations|
Stuart D. Tochner; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
May 6, 2014, previously published on May 2, 2014 On May 1, the U.S. Department of Education released the names of 55 colleges and universities being investigated for their handling of sexual assault complaints.
|But You’re Not a Person of Color—You’re Asian|
Gillian P. Yee; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
May 6, 2014, previously published on May 2, 2014Growing up in an affluent, mostly white suburb of Detroit, I never really embraced my diversity. I knew that I was different from my schoolmates and friends, but I didn’t think much about it. Sure, I took Chinese lessons every week in Canada and had a cool mom who came in every year for...
|A Summary of Human Trafficking Compliance Challenges|
Lewis Baach PLLC;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 2014For the last several years, presidential proclamations declared January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. This past January, President Obama asked us “to recognize the vital role we can play in ending all forms of slavery.” As lawyers trained to spot issues,...