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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Accommodation of Religion

Today, the EEOC issued new guidance on accommodation of religion.  The guidance focuses on accommodation of religious clothing, garb and grooming.  However, it touches on other topics, such as religious harassment, as well.  While the guidance docs not set any new standards, employers should review the many examples of situations that would or would not … Continue Reading

NYC Issues Foreign Language Versions of New Pregnancy & Employment Rights Notice

Proskauer recently issued a client alert on the release of the new pregnancy and employment rights notice in English. Now available on the New York City Commission on Human Rights Web site are foreign language versions of the new notice in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. For information on the time and … Continue Reading

The Florida Civil Rights Act Amendment

The Florida Civil Rights Act (“FCRA”) prohibits discrimination in employment based on many protected categories but pregnancy is not expressly listed as one of them.  There has been a split in the Florida District Courts of Appeal as to whether pregnancy is covered under the FCRA.  To resolve the split, the Florida Supreme Court heard … Continue Reading

New York City Issues New Pregnancy & Employment Rights Notice in English, Foreign Language Versions to Follow

Earlier this month, Proskauer issued a client alert on the latest amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law, which expands the protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. For more on the new law, see our prior client alert New York City Expressly Requires Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Employees, Adds Notice Obligations. One of … Continue Reading

Jersey City Mayor Signs Sick Leave Law, Continues National Trend

On September 26, 2013, the Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey signed into law an Ordinance requiring employers to provide sick leave to their employees effective January 24, 2014. Similar laws have been enacted in the State of Connecticut and other localities such as New York City; Washington, D.C.; Seattle; San Francisco; and Portland, Oregon. … Continue Reading

New York City Expressly Requires Reasonable Accommodation of Pregnant Employees, Adds Notice Obligations

On October 2, 2013, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed Int. No. 974-2012A to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) by expanding protections against discrimination for pregnant employees. Read this alert to learn more about the amendment, which takes effect on January 30, 2014. Read the full text of this alert.… Continue Reading

New Jersey Issues SAFE Act Poster

On October 1, 2013, the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (SAFE Act) will take effect, requiring employers to provide unpaid leave to employees affected by domestic or sexual violence. For more on the requirements of the new law, see our past client alert New Jersey’s New Law Requires Unpaid Leave for Victims of … Continue Reading

New Jersey Pay Equity Measure Says No Reprisals Against Employees Requesting Information About Co-Workers

On August 28, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed A-2648 to add a new non-retaliation pay equity measure to the Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) (hereinafter, the “amendment” or “law”). The amendment prohibits an employer from retaliating against any employee who requests information concerning the job title, occupational category, rate of compensation (including benefits), gender, … Continue Reading

New Jersey’s “More Properly Balanced” Social Media Law Signed by Governor Christie

On August 19, 2013,New Jersey’s state legislature passed A2878, to prohibit employers from requiring or requesting that prospective and current employees disclose their user names and passwords to their personal social media accounts. The bill incorporated changes proposed by Governor Chris Christie, who had vetoed an earlier version of the bill, and was signed into … Continue Reading

New Jersey’s New Law Requires Unpaid Leave for Victims of Domestic or Sexual Violence

On July 17, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed S-2177 – the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act) – to require that employers provide unpaid leave to employees affected by domestic or sexual violence. New Jersey joins several states with similar laws, while other states and the U.S. Congress have … Continue Reading
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