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WPI Report
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May 1, 2018

WPI State of the States: Equal Pay, Paid Leave, and Gig Economy Bills Gain Momentum

May begins the legislative homestretch for a number of states. Nearly half of the state legislatures have adjourned for the year, and another nine are expected to end their sessions by the end of the month.

Insight
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April 27, 2018

Minnesota Legislature Proposes Sweeping Change to Sexual Harassment Law

On April 23, 2018, the Minnesota House Majority Leader introduced a bill to amend the Minnesota Human Rights Act to change the legal standard for sexual harassment. If passed, the bill would do away with the “severe or pervasive” standard.

ASAP
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April 26, 2018

New Washington State Law Restricts Permissible Discovery of Plaintiff's Medical Records in Discrimination Lawsuits

A new Washington law (SB 6027) impacts the scope of discovery of a plaintiff’s medical records in litigation brought under Washington’s Law Against Discrimination.

ASAP
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April 26, 2018

Washington State Legislature Responds to the #MeToo Movement

Washington has adopted four new laws addressing workplace harassment and discrimination.

Dear Littler
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April 23, 2018

Dear Littler: How Should We Approach an Employee Showing Signs of Cognitive Decline?

We have an employee who is exhibiting signs of dementia or some other sort of cognitive impairment. Should we ask him what’s going on with his health?

Insight
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April 19, 2018

Ninth Circuit Holds "Catchall" Exception to the Equal Pay Act is Limited to "Job-Related" Factors, Excludes Consideration of Prior Salary

In Rizo v. Yovino, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently examined whether an employer can justify a wage differential between male and female employees by relying on prior salary.

ASAP
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April 17, 2018

Washington State Amends Domestic Violence Leave Law

Effective June 7, 2018, Washington State amended its domestic violence leave law to require employers to provide reasonable safety accommodations. The amendments also prohibit discrimination and retaliation based on actual or perceived victim status.

ASAP
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April 16, 2018

New Pay Equity Law in Washington State

Washington State has joined the ranks of jurisdictions that have adopted expanded equal pay legislation. The Equal Pay Opportunity Act will take effect on June 7, 2018.

Insight
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April 13, 2018

New York State and City Expand Anti-Harassment Requirements for Employers

Both the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council recently adopted new legislation targeting sex discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.

ASAP
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April 6, 2018

Criminal Record Screening Policies Continue to Raise Important Compliance Issues

Employers that use criminal record screening policies must continue to be vigilant about compliance with all applicable laws. A recent settlement by one of the nation’s leading retailers reinforces this point.

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