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  • Most Independent Contractors Happy With Their Arrangement, but Temps Are Not, Survey Finds

    June 14, 2018

    About eight in 10 independent contractors prefer their work arrangement over a more traditional job arrangement, according to a new survey from the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  • NLRB Issues Memo on Employer Handbook Rules

    June 11, 2018

    Guidance from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) gives employers more latitude in drafting workplace rules, including rules regarding workplace civility.

  • NLRB Will Propose Joint Employment Rule Soon

    June 7, 2018

    The current uncertainty over the standard to be applied in determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) "undermines employers' willingness to create jobs and expand business opportunities," according to National Labor Relations Board Chairman John F. Ring.

  • Supreme Court Rules Business Owner Did Not Discriminate in Gay Rights Case

    June 6, 2018

    The Supreme Court has ruled that a Colorado bakery owner who refused to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple based on his religious beliefs should not have been found to have violated the state's anti-discrimination law. The Court cited the First Amendment's free exercise of religion guarantee.

  • Boeing Workers in South Carolina Vote to Join Union

    June 5, 2018

    A group of employees at Boeing's South Carolina plant have voted to unionize as a "micro-unit." The successful union vote have implications for other employers.

  • Michigan Commission Includes Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation in Sex Discrimination

    June 1, 2018

    The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has voted to issue an "interpretive statement" to extend protections under the state's Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) to the LGBT community. However, it remains to be seen what effect the commission's interpretation will have. Last year, Michigan's attorney general told the commission it lacks the authority to reinterpret the ELCRA and warned it would be subject to a lawsuit if it did so.

  • South Carolina Enacts Pregnancy Accommodation Law

    May 30, 2018

    South Carolina has passed a law requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees for pregnancy, childbirth or related conditions, including lactation.

  • Connecticut Joins Growing List of States Banning Salary History Questions

    May 25, 2018

    Connecticut has become the sixth state to enact a salary history inquiry prohibition. Effective January 1, 2019, no Connecticut employer may inquire or direct a third party to inquire about a prospective employee's wage and salary history.

  • Supreme Court Restricts Employee Class Actions in Pro-Arbitration Ruling

    May 23, 2018

    The US Supreme Court has ruled that companies may compel their employees to arbitrate workplace disputes individually rather than as part of a class action in a 5-4 decision.

  • Vermont Requires Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

    May 22, 2018

    Beginning July 1, 2018, single-user restrooms in public buildings or places of public accommodation, including workplaces, must be available for use by persons of any gender.