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1 Big Reason to Verify Your I-9s Are in Compliance
Raids by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are up – way up. Data from the federal agency shows that between fiscal years 2017 and 2018, arrests of unauthorized workers have increased twofold and ninefold, respectively. ‘Routine I-9 audit’ On April 3, ICE carried out its largest worksite operation in the last 10 years, arresting […]
New York City Recognizes Third Gender Option on Birth Certificates
In October 2018, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio signed Introduction 954-A into law. It went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, and will amend the administrative code of the city of New York to include a third sex designation on birth certificates. Individuals in New York City now have the option of choosing […]
Potential for Mandated E-Verify for All Employers
In July, a new bipartisan bill, the AG and Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 6417), was introduced by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. The bill is intended to address two main topics: illegal immigration and the need for a workable agricultural guest-worker program. If passed, this bill would replace the current H-2A agricultural guest worker program […]
Volunteers: To Train or Not to Train on Anti-Harassment?
Sexual harassment training is one of the most important and effective measures employers can take in preventing the legal risks associated with sexual harassment claims. Currently, some states have state-mandated sexual harassment training requirements for private-sector employers, and many states require such training in the government sector. These requirements may raise questions about who should […]
Protecting Off-Site Workers From Sexual Harassment
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and other employment laws mandate that employers create and maintain harassment-free workplaces. This requirement extends beyond the physical workplace and can include employer obligations when employees are dealing with third parties such as customers, clients or vendors. Although employers generally cannot control the actions of non-employees, they still […]
What to Do When a Charge of Discrimination Is Made
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), more than 84,000 workplace discrimination charges were filed in 2017. Because these charges can escalate into costly lawsuits, employers must understand what to do if charges are made against them to avoid unnecessary mistakes that could cost time and money. Here is a look at what happens […]
7 Best Practices to Help Prevent Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace
Discrimination laws regarding pregnant women apply in every area of employment — including hiring, firing, seniority rights and job security. Employers who violate these laws potentially face huge fines and legal fees. Therefore, it is imperative to take measures to reduce the risks of pregnancy discrimination and to provide your pregnant employees with a safe […]
California Legally Recognizes ‘Non-binary’ as Third Gender, EEO-1 reporting remains the same
In October, California passed Senate Bill 179 to recognize a third gender option on state-issued IDs, driver’s licenses and birth certificates. The new law also makes it easier for California residents to change their legal gender to male, female or nonbinary. For EEO-1 reporting purposes, employers still will be required to report all workers as […]
How 3 States Expanded Pregnancy Discrimination and Family Leave Benefits
Employees in every state are protected under federal laws pertaining to pregnancy discrimination and family leave benefits (discussed in these earlier blog posts); however, states and localities may pass laws that give additional protections and rights to pregnant employees. All but five states have laws or interpretive case law in place providing protections against pregnancy […]
Pregnancy Leave: What’s Required?
This blog is fourth in a series about pregnancy leave. To read the first three blogs in the series, click here. While paid pregnancy leave, maternity leave and parental leave are common in many countries, there are no federal laws mandating paid leave in the United States. However, there are laws which require employers to […]
Leave Only a Mother Could Love: The Care of Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Explaining the terms associated with leave taken for pregnancy or childbirth-related purposes. Pregnancy and parental leave are among the most common types of leave that employers must manage today. At the federal level, they are governed mainly by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); however, leave may be awarded under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act […]
Addressing Employer Confusion With Pregnancy Related Laws: What to Expect When Your Employees Are Expecting
The best way to prevent pregnancy discrimination is to understand the laws which can be implicated. Such laws include the Family and Medical Leave Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, understanding the intricacies of each of these laws can be difficult and confusing, so […]