The answer is still no – unless you employ individuals in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin. On April 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, became the first U.S. Court of Appeals to rule that discrimination on the basis of sex under Read more [...]
Beginning in 2016, Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation, Inc. (“AID”) filed a flood of lawsuits—eventually totaling more than 1,700—in Arizona Superior Court against small businesses in Arizona. In the lawsuits, which were largely “copy-and-paste” versions of one another, Read more [...]
On November 9, 2016, my colleagues David Barton and Christie Hammerle blogged about Arizona’s new minimum wage and earned paid sick time law called the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act. That article can be found here. The Industrial Commission of Arizona has since released Notices related to the Read more [...]
On May 18, 2016, President Obama and the Department of Labor released a Final Rule updating federal overtime regulations. The key provisions were detailed on the BurnBarton blog here, but most notably, the Rule more than doubled the salary threshold for “white collar” workers—from $455 to $913 Read more [...]
In keeping with what has become a nationwide trend, Arizona voters approved the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative (“Proposition 206”), a ballot measure that incrementally increases the minimum wage, and requires employers to provide paid sick leave. The measure passed by a margin of 59% Read more [...]
On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published new final rules impacting employers. These rules affect the reporting of workplace injuries, and may also require employers to reevaluate various policies. The most significant changes are summarized below.
Certain Read more [...]
In April 2012 the EEOC issued guidance on the use of an applicant’s criminal history in making hiring decisions. This guidance has been followed by a rush of “Ban the Box” or “Fair Chance” legislation across the nation. These state and municipal laws prohibit employers from inquiring into a Read more [...]
Arizona recently passed a law that provides businesses greater certainty with respect to their independent contractors’ employment status. Specifically, it creates a mechanism for independent contractors to acknowledge they are not employees, and have no entitlement to unemployment benefits or any Read more [...]
The EEOC recently issued guidance regarding employers' obligations with respect to transgender employees.
“Transgender” refers to people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from the sex assigned to them at birth (e.g., the sex listed on their birth certificates). Read more [...]
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