The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the Constitution requires all states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize such marriages when they were lawfully licensed and performed out of state. The Court's historic holding clears the way for same-sex marriage nationwide in finding that same-sex couples cannot be denied the benefits that are afforded to opposite-sex couples.
On June 22, Oregon became the fourth state (behind Connecticut, California and Massachusetts) to enact a paid sick leave law. Employers fortunately have time to become compliant as the law does not take effect until January 1, 2016, and most civil penalties applicable to employer violations of the law will not be assessed until after January 1, 2017. Penalties associated with provisions prohibiting retaliation and employer absence control policies will not be assessed until after January 1, 2016.
In support of the Obama Administration's commitment to expand American workers' access to paid leave, the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced this week that it is offering $1.25 million in grants to help state and local policymakers study the feasibility of developing paid leave programs on a national scale.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has agreed to a million dollar settlement in a hotly contested disability discrimination lawsuit against United Airlines that garnered national attention.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published guidance for employers on best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers based on OSHA's sanitation standard, which requires that all covered employers provide employees with sanitary and available toilet facilities.
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the contingent workforce, which examines the state of part-time workers, those employed by temporary staffing agencies and independent contractors in the workforce.
In EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, the Supreme Court has ruled that a Muslim woman can move forward with her religious discrimination lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The woman, who wears a hijab, claimed she was denied a job because of the company's appearance policy.
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