The Maryland General Assembly has voted to override Governor Larry Hogan's veto of a 2017 bill to enact the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, which mandates employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave. The law is the ninth statewide paid sick leave law in the nation.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that instructed federal prosecutors to take a hands-off approach in states where marijuana is legal. In a Justice Department memo, Sessions said the previous guidance undermined the rule of law.
A federal court has vacated portions of the rules issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that would have allowed employers to increase healthcare insurance premiums of employees who do not participate in wellness programs. However, the order will not take effect until January 1, 2019, to avoid business disruptions.
Sexual harassment claims by several former law clerks and other junior employees have ended the judicial career of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski, who once served as chief judge of the circuit. President Trump will nominate a successor.
Chai Feldblum joined the EEOC in 2010 under President Obama and has focused her service on employment of people with disabilities, pregnancy accommodation, sexual orientation and transgender discrimination, and harassment prevention.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will focus on aligning its resources to improve discrimination prevention and public education about the discrimination laws, according to a draft of its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022.
The US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, a case that could have settled the question of whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
A divided Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case involving a Colorado business owner who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. A decision is expected by June 2018, and will provide a glimpse of where the Court stands on LGBT issues.
A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to include a voluntary option for qualified compensated leave and flexible workplace arrangements. If passed, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act will enable employers to comply with a single, national paid leave law instead of multiple state and local paid leave requirements.
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