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HTMLWhy A School's Unconstitutional Hair Length Policy Matters For All Governmental Entities
Stacy Crabtree; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 2014
A school's hair length policy was the subject of a recent lawsuit, and the federal appellate court's opinion on the matter serves as a reminder for all schools and other governmental entities to be wary because, in the words of Bob Dylan, "the times they are a-changin'." As the facts are...

 

HTML"Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" Executive Order Imposes New Burdens on Government Contractors
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 2, 2014
On July 31, 2014, the President issued an Executive Order entitled, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” which will make an employer’s record of compliance with federal and state labor laws a criterion for successful bidding on government contracts and subcontracts exceeding $500,000. ...

 

HTMLRhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation
Katherine G. Rigby, Todd M. Torres; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2014, previously published on September 3, 2014
Rhode 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...

 

HTMLPresident, OFCCP Set New Employment Rules For Federal Contractors
Susan M. Schaecher; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2014, previously published on September 1, 2014
While 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.

 

HTMLCalifornia Legislative Update: August 2014
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 4, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014
In 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.

 

HTMLBREAKING NEWS: California Legislature Passes Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Bill
Hera S. Arsen, Charles L. Thompson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 2, 2014, previously published on August 31, 2014
On 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...

 

HTMLOFCCP Increases Pressure on Federal Contractors
Guy Farmer; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 29, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014
On 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...

 

HTMLUPDATE: New Jersey Limits Use of Criminal History in Hiring Decisions
Rachel J. Tischler; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 27, 2014, previously published on August 19, 2014
As 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...

 

HTMLCourt 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;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 2014
In 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...

 

HTMLHave Your Say on BC’s Private Sector Privacy Legislation
Rosalie Cress; McCarthy Tetrault LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014
Since 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...

 


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