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New York State to Fund Bonuses for Certain Healthcare Workers as Part of State Budget

As part of the Fiscal Year 2023 New York state Executive Budget legislation, $1.2 billion in funding has been allocated for the payment of bonuses for certain “frontline” healthcare workers. With the stated goals to “recruit, retain, and reward health care and mental hygiene workers,” the provision – located within Part D of the Health … Continue Reading

Illinois Department of Labor Publishes Guidance for Employers Seeking Equal Pay Registration Certificate

Effective March 24, 2022, the Illinois Equal Pay Act (IEPA) was amended to require private businesses with more than 100 employees in Illinois to obtain an Equal Pay Registration Certificate (EPRC) by March 23, 2024, and every two years thereafter. To apply for the EPRC, businesses must submit the following to the Illinois Department of … Continue Reading

CA Appellate Court Addresses “Willfulness” Standard Under FCRA

On April 19, 2022, a California Appeals Court reversed and remanded a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in an employer’s favor, concluding there was a triable issue of material fact regarding whether a defendant had “willfully” violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (“FCRA”) “standalone disclosure” requirement.  The case is Hebert v. Barnes & Noble, … Continue Reading

Reminder: EEO-1 Filing Deadline Is Fast Approaching With (Sort Of) No Extensions Coming

As we previously reported, the deadline for most employers with 100 or more employees (and most federal contractors with 50 or more employees) to file their 2021 EEO-1 reports is May 17, 2022.  The portal for filing the reports opened on April 12, 2022. The EEOC has indicated it will not be extending the May … Continue Reading

7th Cir. Affirms Summary Judgment On Illinois Whistleblower Act and Illinois Jury Act Retaliation Claims

On April 14, 2022, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the entry of summary judgment on claims under the Illinois Whistleblower Act and Illinois Jury Act, concluding that the plaintiff was not terminated for engaging in protected activity.  The case is Perez v. Staples Contract & Commercial LLC, No. 21-cv-2601. Background Plaintiff, a sales representative, was placed … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of ADEA Claim Lacking Evidence of Age-Bias

On March 11, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment, dismissing a Texas city employee’s claim that he had been unlawfully terminated from his job because of his age. The Fifth Circuit held that age discrimination comments must contain age-specific references, and a factfinder cannot infer age discrimination … Continue Reading

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