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April 24, 2019

New Wisconsin Governor Launches Worker Misclassification Enforcement Effort

Within his first few months of taking office, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has signaled a strong and clear focus on employers that have misclassified workers as independent contractors.

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April 24, 2019

Ontario, Canada: Court Takes on Employer Termination Conduct

The Court of Appeal for Ontario recently rendered a decision addressing termination conduct that serves as a cautionary tale for employers.

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April 22, 2019

Court of Appeal Affirms that Employees in British Columbia, Canada Must Continue to Meet a High Standard to Establish "Family Status" Discrimination

The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently affirmed that it continues to be bound by the existing legal test for adverse discrimination on the ground of “family status.”

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April 22, 2019

In Step with National Trend, Maine Passes Salary History Ban

On April 12, 2019, Maine’s Governor signed L.D. 278, a pay equity bill that generally prohibits employer inquiries into the salary history of prospective employees until after an offer of employment has been made.

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April 22, 2019

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Title VII's Sex Discrimination Protections Cover Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on April 22, 2019 that it will decide whether gay, lesbian, and transgender workers are expressly protected under federal civil rights law on the basis of their sexual orientation.

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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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