Category Archives: Legislative Activity

New Bill Seeks to Expand Scope of the Definition of “Supervisor” Under Title VII

Last year in Vance v. Ball State University, the United States Supreme Court defined the term “supervisor” for purposes of vicarious liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as someone who is “empowered by the employer … Continue reading

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Austin HR Law Day Program

Senior Associate Wilson Stoker will be a presenter at the Austin Human Resource Management Association’s (AHRMA) Law Day on February 27, 2014.

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Newark Municipal Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The Municipal Council of Newark, New Jersey has passed a paid sick leave ordinance, which Mayor Luis Quintana (D) has promised to sign into law.  Newark will be the eighth jurisdiction in the United States to enact a paid sick … Continue reading

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EEOC Verdicts and Settlements — November 2013

Our November summary of EEOC verdicts and settlements is after the break.

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New California Law Requires Overtime Compensation For Personal Attendants

California law regarding the employment of domestic workers has changed.  California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which creates California Labor Code sections 1450 to 1454.  These sections eliminate the “personal attendant” exemption … Continue reading

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D.C. Council Approves Living Wage Bill – Will Wal-Mart Leave D.C.?

The D.C. Council passed a so-called “living wage” bill today, requiring a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour for certain large retailers.  The Washington Business Journal has an article here.  More after the break.

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New Labor and Employment Laws in California

California Governor Jerry Brown has recently signed into law several pieces of legislation that will significantly affect California employers.  The new laws are even worth reading for non-California employers as they will give you an idea of what the future … Continue reading

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Employment Law Changes in Healthcare Bill

The blog Jottings By An Employer’s Lawyer has a post with several links to other blogs that have found employment law changes hidden in the recent health care legislation.  The post is here.  The two changes referenced deal with the … Continue reading

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Administration Considers Controversial High Road Contracting Policy

The Obama Administration is considering implementing new rules on how government contracts are awarded that would take the contractor’s labor practices into consideration when evaluating proposals.  More after the break.

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Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Signed Into Law

President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law today.  The story is here.  Bill tracking is here.  The text of the bill can be found here.  More after the break. UPDATE (2.11.2009):  What Ledbetter Has … Continue reading

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Workplace Bullying Legislation (aka “Employment Lawyer Full-Employment Act”)

The ABA Journal has an article on legislation pending in 13 states that would create a cause of action for workplace bullying.  Such legislation, while well-intended, would open the floodgates to lawsuits over every perceived slight in the workplace.

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Federal Employment Law Wish-List

A new bill has been introduced in the House and Senate to significantly amend the federal labor and employment laws.  (Hat tip to Workplace Prof Blog.) UPDATE:  A commentary piece in the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 8, 2008, discusses … Continue reading

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Legislative Activity

Here are some notes on recent legislative activity.

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Protection For Transgender People Extended in Montgomery County, Maryland

Continuing a thread of comments today and yesterday, we note the passing of legislation in Montgomery County, Maryland, extending protection from discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, cable television service and taxicab service to transgender people.  In a press release … Continue reading

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House Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007

On November 7, 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007.  The Act, if enacted into law, would extend the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to bar discrimination against an individual based … Continue reading

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