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District of Columbia Passes Two New Non-Discrimination Laws Impacting Employers

Earlier this week, D.C.’s Mayor signed two new measures amending the D.C. Human Rights Act (“DCHRA”) to prohibit (1) discrimination against employees of religiously-affiliated educational institutions on the basis of sexual orientation; and (2) workplace bias related to reproductive health decisions. The DCHRA includes an exemption—called the Armstrong Amendment—enacted in 1989 that permitted “any educational institution that … Continue Reading

D.C. Council Passes Bill Protecting Employees Who Discuss Their Wages

Last week, the Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed the Wage Transparency Amendment Act (the “Act”) prohibiting private employers from retaliating against employees who discuss their compensation with other workers.  The Act is currently awaiting the expected signature of Mayor Vincent Gray, who has previously expressed support for the measure. The Act bars … Continue Reading

D.C. Council Passes “Emergency” Amendments to the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act

As we noted in our blog post last month, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray recently signed an amendment to the Wage Theft Prevention Act.  As detailed in our post and related client alert, the D.C. Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014 (the “Act”) significantly expands D.C. employers’ obligations to employees, including comprehensive new … Continue Reading

D.C. Prepares a Holiday “Gift” for Employers – the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray quietly signed an amendment to the Wage Theft Prevention Act which will likely take effect in mid-December 2014 – just in time for the holidays.  The amended Act will significantly expand D.C. employers’ obligations to employees, including comprehensive new pay notice requirements for all existing employees and new hires going … Continue Reading

D.C. Mayor Signs “Ban the Box” Law

Mayor Vincent Gray has signed the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 to prevent most employers in the District of Columbia from asking prospective employees about their criminal history on the initial job application. In “banning the box” for private employment, D.C. joins a growing list of states (Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Rhode Island) and … Continue Reading

D.C. Expands Sick Leave Law

D.C.’s expanded sick leave requirements became effective March 7, but employers have until a statement of its fiscal effect is published in the D.C. Register.  Nevertheless, D.C. employers should begin to update their policies.  Key aspects of the amended law include: No changes to the minimum amount of paid sick days that must be provided … Continue Reading
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