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By Brad Cave
Jackson recently became the second Wyoming town to adopt an ordinance prohibiting discriminatory employment practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. (The first was Laramie in May 2015.) Here's what you need to know.
By Bridget Miller, Contributing Editor
In a highly competitive hiring landscape, employers are looking for ways to differentiate themselves to prospective employees. One option is to provide a more attractive or unique benefits package by including new and interesting benefit options.
By Cathleen S. Yonahara, Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a flurry of legislation into law. Here, we address two important pieces of legislation concerning paid family leave (PFL) and lactation accommodations.
By Emeka Oguh, Founder and CEO of PeopleJoy
Employees in every industry are burdened with student loan debt. According to the latest Federal Reserve data, Americans carry over $1.5 trillion in student loans. The amount continues to grow every quarter. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2018 Employee Financial Wellness Survey revealed that 54% of employees are stressed about their finances, and 64% are impacted by student loans. So, what can we do about it?
By Jacob M. Monty, Monty & Ramirez, LLP
Over the summer, San Antonio became the second Texas city to enact a municipal paid sick leave law. While advocates applauded the city council’s decision to pass the law, numerous state lawmakers and the state attorney general (AG) immediately drew their swords against the mandate. But opposition to San Antonio’s ordinance came as no surprise.
The percentage of private-sector employers offering group health coverage rebounded slightly in 2017 after a long gradual decline, according to an issue brief from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).
By Kathryn M. Grigg
Employers that don’t prohibit employees from engaging in sexual harassment may be liable for sex discrimination under federal law if the harassing behavior is directed solely at employees of one gender. A recent case from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin—shows why the victim’s gender, and not the harasser’s gender, is relevant in discrimination cases.
By Richard J. Morgan
Two years ago, we wrote about a noncompete decision in which a special referee found a business seller had breached a sales agreement by violating both a noncompete covenant and an exclusive sales provision contained in the agreement. The South Carolina Supreme Court reviewed the appeals court’s decision and has now issued its own ruling.
By Jane Meacham, Contributing Editor
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) took steps toward allowing automatic small-balance 401(k) plan transfers to a new employer’s plan in a job change by proposing to exempt a vendor’s auto-portability program from some prohibited-transaction restrictions.
By Clarke Sugar
Employers and employees should agree and have clarity about the conditions under which employment will terminate and what compensation, if any, will be paid at that time.