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April 22, 2019

No Subpoena, No Protection?: Indiana Court of Appeals Approves Dismissal of Employee Who Left Work to Voluntarily Testify at Hearing

The Indiana Court of Appeals recently held that an employee who left work early to voluntarily testify at a former coworker's unemployment benefits appeal hearing was not protected by public policy from termination.

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April 18, 2019

Kentucky Enacts Pregnant Workers Act, Requiring Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant and Lactating Employees

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) recently signed the Pregnant Workers Act, SB 18, to provide pregnancy-related accommodations for employees in the Bluegrass State.

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April 16, 2019

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies Class Action Standards for Wage and Hour Cases

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently discussed class certification in state court wage and hour cases, endorsing the same civil procedure rules in that context as is applicable to other class actions.

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April 16, 2019

Employer Prevails in FCRA Class Action in California

On April 15, 2019, a California Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for the employer in an action alleging class-wide violations of the hyper-technical provisions of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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April 16, 2019

New Mexico, New Laws: “Right-to-Work” Preemption, Gender-Neutral Restrooms, Criminal History Checks — and More

New Mexico’s state legislature has been busy over the past few weeks acting on bills introduced earlier this year. The state has enacted at least 9 new laws affecting employers, covering many topics from health care access to criminal background checks.

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April 12, 2019

Westchester County, NY Publishes Paid Sick Leave Notice and FAQs, As New Law Takes Effect

The Westchester County Human Rights Commission, the agency responsible for conducting public outreach for the County's new Earned Sick Leave Law, published a copy of the law, an employee notice, and FAQs — just hours before the law took effect this week.

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April 10, 2019

New York Amends Election Law Allowing Workers Up to Three Hours of Paid Time Off to Vote

On April 1, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced amendments to the state’s fiscal year 2020 budget, which includes, among other things, an amendment to its Election Law entitling employees in New York to three hours of paid time off to vote.

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April 10, 2019

New York City Publishes Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Video and New FAQs

On April 1, 2019, the New York City Commission on Human Rights published its free online training entitled “Confronting Sexual Harassment: Tools and strategies to create a harassment-free workplace.”

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April 10, 2019

Pre-Employment Marijuana Drug Testing Goes Up in Smoke in NYC

On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council passed a first-of-its-kind bill that prohibits pre-employment drug testing for the presence of marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinols.

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April 8, 2019

UK Plaintiff – a White, Straight Man Not Selected for a Job – Prevails in Discrimination Claim

An employment tribunal in the United Kingdom recently held that a strong candidate was deliberately not hired because he was a white, heterosexual male.

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