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February 13, 2020

Ontario, Canada: New “False Light” Privacy Tort and How It Might Impact Employers

A recent family law decision proves significant beyond the family law context, including in the employment law context. The decision in Yenovkian v. Gulian marks the first time the privacy tort of false light publicity has been recognized in Canada.

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February 13, 2020

Legislative Highlights for Oregon Employers in 2020

Oregon’s active 2019 legislative session has prompted the need for several policy and handbook updates for employers doing business in Oregon. This Insight provides an overview of the most notable recent employment law developments in Oregon.

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February 12, 2020

New Year, New Local Ban-the-Box Restrictions on Background Checks

With the start of a new year—and a new decade—employers in San Francisco, California, Waterloo, Iowa, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, must follow new “ban-the-box” laws restricting their use of criminal records in hiring and personnel decisions.

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February 11, 2020

Coronavirus: What are an Employer’s Obligations in Various Asian Countries?

As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, so do companies’ and governments’ approaches to monitoring and helping avoid the spread of the virus.

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February 11, 2020

Third Circuit Lifts Preliminary Injunction and Green Lights Philadelphia’s Salary History Ordinance

On February 6, 2020, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Philadelphia’s salary history ordinance and reversed the lower court's decision, which had held that one of the ordinance’s provisions was unconstitutional.

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February 10, 2020

UK: What constitutes a protected philosophical belief?

At the end of 2019, courts in the UK decided that ethical veganism is a protected philosophical belief under discrimination legislation. This decision begs the question: what do you actually need in order for a belief to be protected by UK equality laws?

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February 10, 2020

“Ethical veganism” is a protected belief in the UK – what does that mean for employers?

In 2019, the scope of “protected beliefs” hit headlines as a tribunal found that ”ethical veganism” — a form of veganism that involves avoiding all forms of animal exploitation and harm in all aspects of life — was protected by the UK’s Equality Act 2010.

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January 29, 2020

St. Louis Enacts Ban-the-Box Ordinance Applicable to Private Employers

The City of St. Louis, Missouri enacted a ban-the-box ordinance prohibiting employers within the city from basing promotions or hiring decisions on an individual’s criminal history or a related sentence. The ordinance will take effect January 1, 2021.

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January 29, 2020

Coronavirus: Employer Action Items

Companies whose employees travel to China, whether on business or for personal reasons, are properly concerned about safety and what they should be doing in the face of the coronavirus emergency.

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January 28, 2020

Requesting and Providing Employee References in the Netherlands – A Risky Business!

On December 13, 2019, the Dutch Supreme Court provided clarity on the issue of giving references for former employees. This article discusses points to consider when requesting and providing references, given the developing case law.

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