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Shanice Z. Smith-Banks

Shanice is an associate in the Labor and Employment Law Department. Her practice involves litigating claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing. Shanice assists in conducting workplace investigations related to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She also counsels clients from a variety of fields on a range of employment matters.

Shanice earned her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she was a Managing Editor of the Loyola University Journal of Public Interest Law and a member of the Trial Advocacy program. Immediately upon graduation from Loyola, Shanice argued a case on behalf of the Loyola Criminal Defense Law Clinic in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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Updated: New Proposed Rules on New York City Law to Regulate Use of Automated Hiring Tools

***UPDATE: The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection announced Local Law 144 will not be enforced until April 15, 2023.*** This week the DCWP announced that it continues to work on rules for Local Law 144; therefore there will be no enforcement of the Law until April 15, 2023. The Law was previously set to … Continue Reading

Employee Disability and Cannabis Oil Protections Set to Take Effect in Virginia

Quick Hit: Two new laws in Virginia providing disability discrimination protections and protections for medicinal use of cannabis oil for employees go into effect July 1, 2021. Key Takeaway: Virginia, once known as a jurisdiction with very few state employment laws, is quickly changing that reputation with the passage of numerous new laws since the … Continue Reading

New Maryland COVID-19 Workplace Safety Law

UPDATE:  As of July 1, 2021, the state of emergency in Maryland has ended, which, per the terms of the law, means the employer requirements in the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act should no longer be in effect.  If Maryland’s Governor reinstates the state of emergency order, the requirements may again apply. Quick Hit:  Maryland … Continue Reading
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