Holly K. Jones, J.D., is a Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. She understands the existing and emerging needs and challenges of human resources professionals thanks to several years of experience managing, writing, and editing key legal and compliance publications for BLR. Prior to joining BLR, Ms. Jones worked for the Tennessee Legislature's Office of Legal Services.
She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English Rhetoric and Writing, Political Science, and Psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she also received a 2001 Citation for Extraordinary Academic Achievement. She received her law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and is licensed to practice law in Tennessee.
Part one of this article touched on the various laws surrounding pregnancy accommodations, with a specific focus on the new, upcoming laws in Nevada and Washington. This article will focus on the upcoming law in Vermont, as well as probable new laws for Connecticut and Massachusetts.
This year at least five states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, Vermont, and Washington,) have considered new pregnancy accommodation laws, and several of these are now on the books. If you have operations or workers in these states, you may have new notice and accommodation requirements.
Based on two lower courts’ findings, President Donald Trump’s revised “travel ban” Executive Order (EO) has been enjoined from taking effect since May. Today, on the last day of the current court term, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to determine whether the EO’s focus on primarily Muslim countries is in violation of the First Amendment and whether the EO exceeds the President’s authority granted by the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Court will hear that case in the next term, which begins in October.
In part one of this article, I addressed the benefits of offering paid vacation to your employees. While offering vacation isn’t required under federal law—once an employer has made the decision to offer vacation time—local state laws and court decisions can come into play. State laws addressing vacation typically fall into three categories—those that prohibit any forfeiture of vacation time; those that are silent on the subject (typically interpreted to allow forfeiture of earned time); and those that fall somewhere in between.
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