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At the end of July, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) discrimination against federal employees and employees of federal contractors.  The Order amends Executive Order 11478 to add “gender identity” to the list of protected attributes on the basis of which discrimination in federal employment is forbidden.  Executive […]

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Many employers in New York City (“NYC”) are very familiar with NYC’s Earned Sick Time Act (“Act”) and many have sick time policies in place.  What may surprise employers is that the “proposed rules” for the Act are now final and as a result, there are changes that must be made to policies that only […]

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New Jersey Bans The Box

Written by Robert G. Brody and Susan M. Westphal on September 30, 2014

New Jersey is the newest state to join the “Ban the Box” movement, an effort promoting legislation that limits inquiries about criminal history during the employment process.  As we recently reported, some states are requiring certain private employers to remove questions regarding criminal history from their employment applications or initial hiring processes. On August 11, […]

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The recent scandal involving NFL player Ray Rice’s violent physical assault on his then-fiancée has put a spotlight on domestic violence.  Because of this high-profile incident, employers may see more domestic violence issues involving employees as both victims and perpetrators. Therefore, employers should remember the following: You may be required to give leave to employees […]

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In a move with potentially far-reaching implications, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed a lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy, Inc. (a part of CVS Caremark Corporation) (“CVS”) alleging the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 based on language in a separation agreement CVS used for some of its employees.  The […]

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