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February 2020 Archives

More Lawmakers Conclude That Hairstyle Bias Is Race Discrimination

Earlier this month, Montgomery County, Maryland, passed the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair, or CROWN Act. The new law prohibits discrimination against people who wear natural and protective African-American hairstyles such as Afros, locks, braids and twists. It applies to employment discrimination and also public accommodation discrimination.

2020's Top Employer Liability Risks, According to EPL Insurers

What are some of the top risks for liability employers are facing in 2020? Recently, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society held an annual conference where panelists discussed what risks are newly emerging in the industry. After all, who would know more about emerging employment law risks than the companies that insure employers?

Should Employers Have To Pay For Post-Shift Security Checks?

An interesting case recently arose in the courts. In 2013, two workers from Apple stores in New York and Los Angeles filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Apple. The claim was that they were not being paid for all the hours they had worked.

Have You Updated Your Employee Handbook Recently?

Staying on top of changes in state and federal employment law can be something of a challenge. It is a good idea to designate someone in your human resources department to comb through your employee materials and make sure they're up to date, and the beginning of the year can be a good time to do that.

Has Your Employer Paid You All That You Are Owed?

2019 saw at least ten multimillion-dollar private class action settlements in the wage-and-hour law arena, along with a couple of multimillion-dollar government settlements. While several of the largest settlements involved California, wage-and-hour cases appear to be becoming more common across the nation. The total value of the top 10 wage-and-hour settlements last year was almost double the total value of the top 10 cases in 2018.

Were Older NCAA Referees Told To Make Way For Younger Referees?

Three referees who have worked with the NCAA for over a decade filed suit recently for age discrimination. They claim that, despite highly favorable evaluations, the number of games they have been assigned to officiate has dropped off. In fact, none has been assigned to the most lucrative games, those in Division I.

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