CLIENT ALERT – New California Legislation Takes Aim at Gender discrimination, Credit Checks by Employers, Pregnancy Leave Healthcare Coverage and Commission-Based Employment.

Effective January 2012, California employers will be required to comply with new regulations relating to gender discrimination, credit checks, and pregnancy leave healthcare coverage. Additional changes will be made to Commission-based employment regulations in January 2013. New Protection for Transgender Employees in California Effective January 2012, the “Gender Nondiscrimination Act” will add “gender expression” and […]

CLIENT ALERT – Gender Identity Now a Protected Category under Massachusetts Employment Discrimination Law

Effective July 1, 2012, gender identity will become a protected category under Massachusetts employment discrimination and other civil rights laws. The new legislation amends existing state anti-discrimination statutes to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, defined as an individual’s gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior, which may be different from that traditionally associated with the individual’s […]

CLIENT ALERT – New California Legislation Aimed at Employee Misclassification and Wage Theft

Effective January 1, 2012 California employers will be required to comply with new requirements relating to employees and independent contractors. California law will now impose strict penalties for employers with workers in California found willfully to have misclassified workers as independent contractors. The so-called “Job Killer Act” will levy heavy fines on employers for voluntary […]

CLIENT ALERT – DOL, IRS, and 7 States Coordinate Efforts to Reduce Employee Misclassification

On September 19, 2011 the United States Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) signed a memorandum of understanding to increase the agencies’ coordination in their efforts to curtail employee misclassification. Seven states–Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, and Washington–have already signed cooperation agreements with the DOL and IRS to combat employee misclassification. […]

CLIENT ALERT – New Quarterly Wage and New Hire Reporting Requirements for New York Employers

Effective July 15, 2011, New York employers will be required to report to the State Directory of New Hires whether dependent health insurance benefits are made available to their employees. The Low Income Support Obligation and Performance Improvement Act of 2009 (the “Act”) applies to all New York employers and adds to their existing reporting […]

CLIENT ALERT – Updates to Fair Credit Reporting Act Effective July 21, 2011

Effective July 21, 2011, changes to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) now require employers to disclose additional information to employees and job applicants when using credit information to make an adverse employment decision. The new disclosure requirements, resulting from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), mandate that an employer making […]

CLIENT ALERT – Connecticut Passes Paid Sick Leave Act

The Connecticut Paid Sick Leave Act, which is awaiting signature by the Governor, will require employers employing 50 or more people within the state to provide qualified employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked by the employee, up to a maximum of 40 hours per year. The Act, which […]

CLIENT ALERT – EEOC Implements Regulations under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act 01/19/11

The federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) prohibits discrimination against employees and job applicants on the basis of genetic information. GINA also limits employers’ ability to obtain genetic information and imposes obligations for keeping such information confidential. The EEOC recently issued regulations defining “genetic information” broadly to include not only genetic testing information, but also […]

CLIENT ALERT – Illinois Prohibits Employee Credit Checks

The recently enacted Illinois Employee Credit Privacy Act prohibits most Illinois employers from obtaining credit histories or reports and using them in any employment decision. The law prohibits (1) inquiring about an employee’s or applicant’s credit history; (2) seeking credit reports on employees or applicants from a consumer reporting agency; (3) and discriminating against an […]

CLIENT ALERT – New York Imposes New Wage and Hour Requirements

New York’s recently enacted Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA), which goes into effect April 12, 2011, amends the New York Labor Law’s requirements regarding notifications to employees of their wage rates and related information. The law creates greater protections for employees and subjects employers to increased penalties for non-compliance. Annual and New Hire Wage Rate […]