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).
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.
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.
Joining the trend of requiring more transparency in sexual harassment claims, Maryland has passed a law forbidding employment contracts that require employees to waive their rights to bring sexual harassment claims.
The Florida-based chain Seasons 52 has agreed to pay $2.85 million and provide equitable relief to settle an Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of applicants ages 40 and older who had been denied jobs because of their age.
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