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|Rhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation|
Katherine G. Rigby, Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014Rhode Island has recently enacted legislation intended to protect job applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts and information. The new law prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose their social media passwords or from requiring applicants or...
|President, OFCCP Set New Employment Rules For Federal Contractors|
Susan M. Schaecher; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
September 10, 2014, previously published on September 1, 2014While chastising Congress as “doing nothing,” the executive and administrative branches of the federal government were busy making new employment rules for federal contractors and subcontractors.
|California Legislative Update: August 2014|
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
September 4, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014In August 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. A brief summary of these new laws, along with links to the bills, can be found below.
|BREAKING NEWS: California Legislature Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill|
Hera S. Arsen, Charles L. Thompson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 31, 2014On Saturday, August 30, 2014, in the early morning hours and amid controversy among labor supporters, the California legislature passed a bill that provides workers with three paid sick days per year. Governor Brown enthusiastically endorsed the law’s passage and is expected to sign it very...
|OFCCP Increases Pressure on Federal Contractors|
Guy Farmer; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
August 29, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014On August 19, 2014, the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") issued Directive 2014-02 clarifying that discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status constitutes sex discrimination under Executive Order 11246. This is an interim step by...
|UPDATE: New Jersey Limits Use of Criminal History in Hiring Decisions|
Rachel J. Tischler; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 19, 2014As we reported in December 2013, New Jersey was on the road to joining 6 other states which have recently passed legislation banning or limiting the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process. On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Opportunity to Compete...
|New Executive Order Will Require Contractors to Disclose Labor Violations|
Lori Ann Lange; Peckar & Abramson, P.C.;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 2014As part of his Year of Action, on July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. The Executive Order will require contractors who are bidding on federal government contracts in excess of $500,000 to disclose their federal and state labor law violations, as...
|Court of Appeals Denies Government’s Petition for Interlocutory Review of Class Certification for African-American Secret Service Agents|
Wayne C. Heavener; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 2014In In re Johnson, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declined to grant an interlocutory review of class certification in an employment discrimination case against the United States Department of Homeland Security (the “Government”). The district court had...
|Have Your Say on BC’s Private Sector Privacy Legislation|
Rosalie Cress; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014Since it came into force in 2004, British Columbia’s private sector privacy legislation, the Personal Information Protection Act, has had a significant impact on the way British Columbia employers collect, use and disclose the personal information of their employees and others. The last...
|U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Rule to Collect Compensation Data from Federal Contractors|
Duane Morris LLP;
August 18, 2014, previously published on August 12, 2014On August 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule that would require most federal contractors and subcontractors annually to submit Equal Pay Reports on employee compensation to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The aim of the proposed rule is...