The California legislature passed a new bill restricting the use of nondisclosure and mandatory arbitration agreements in sexual harassment claims. Other states have enacted or are pursuing similar legislation.
Under a new law, Oklahoma employers may not discriminate against any registered medical marijuana user in hiring, termination or any other terms or conditions of employment. Oklahoma joins at least 30 other states that have legalized medical marijuana in some form.
Estée Lauder will pay $1.1 million to settle claims that its parental leave policy discriminated against new fathers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed the charges on behalf of a class of 210 male employees.
Hawaii governor David Ige signed a flurry of bills into law on July 5, including several affecting employers. The measures included a salary history inquiry ban, a law preserving certain Affordable Care Act benefits under state law, authorization for a study to analyze and propose a paid family leave law, and a bill increasing certain workers' compensation benefits.
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).
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