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  • Supreme Court Backs Affirmative Action Ban in Michigan

    Date:
    23 April 2014

    The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's voter-approved affirmative action ban which prohibits the use of racial preferences in public universities, government contracting and public employment. The Court's vote was 6-2.

  • Florida Court: Pregnancy Discrimination Unlawful Under Florida Civil Rights Act

    Date:
    23 April 2014

    The Florida Supreme Court has clarified that an employer may not discriminate against employees and applicants based on pregnancy under the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA).

  • New Wisconsin Law Protects Personal Social Media, Internet Accounts

    Date:
    22 April 2014

    Wisconsin has become the latest state to enact a social media privacy law prohibiting an employer from requesting that employees or applicants disclose access information to a personal internet account so that the employer may obtain access to an employee's or applicant's nonpublic personal internet account.

  • Maryland Legalizes Medical Marijuana, Other States Studying Issue

    Date:
    21 April 2014

    Maryland has become the 21st state to legalize medical marijuana with a bill signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley. Effective June 1, the new law allows individuals with certain qualifying illnesses or conditions to use marijuana for medicinal purposes if their doctor recommends it.

  • ICE Steps Up Investigations of Form I-9 Violations in Massachusetts

    Date:
    17 April 2014

    The US Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recently announced that 14 Massachusetts employers were fined more than $175K in total for fiscal year (FY) 2013 immigration-related employment violations.

  • Electronic Reporting of Terminated Employees to OCSE Coming Soon

    Date:
    16 April 2014

    Beginning this May, a new application on the Office of Child Support Enforcement's portal called "eTerm" will enable an employer to electronically notify states (and US territories) that do not yet send income withholding orders electronically (e-IWOs) when the employment of an employee subject to an IWO has ended using the existing e-IWO process.

  • New Indiana Law Protects Veterans from Discrimination

    Date:
    15 April 2014

    On March 25, 2014, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a law aimed at creating employment opportunities for veterans.

  • Same-Sex Spouse Treatment Under Retirement Plans: New Guidance Requires Employer Action

    Date:
    14 April 2014

    The IRS issued Notice 2014-19 and related Frequently Asked Questions providing guidance on how qualified retirement plans should treat same-sex spouses following the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor. Employers must take action to ensure that plan documents and operations conform to requirements.

  • Gay Employee's Gender Stereotyping Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss

    Date:
    14 April 2014

    The United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied an employer's motion to dismiss a homosexual employee's claim that he was discriminated against for failing to conform to the employer's traditional male stereotypes.

  • 5th Circuit Affirms NLRB Determination Striking Down Confidentiality Policy

    Date:
    11 April 2014

    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) determination that an employer's confidentiality policy prohibiting employees from disclosing all company financial and personnel information was overly broad and in violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

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