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Author Archives: New England Biz Law Update staff

EEOC launches initiative for underserved communities

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has launched a new initiative to support workers from underserved communities who often do not seek the agency’s assistance when needed. Called the REACH initiative —“Enhancing OutREACH to Vulnerable Workers and Underserved Communities”— the ...

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds whistleblower protections

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In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that whistleblowers need not prove that their employer acted with “retaliatory intent” to allow for protection under the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The ruling in the case, Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC, is ...

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OSHA releases proposed rule for emergency responders

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new proposed role to address “the full range of hazards currently facing emergency responders.” The new Emergency Response Standard, proposed on February 5, 2024, replaces the existing Fire Brigades Standard ...

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NY pizzeria settles transgender harassment lawsuit

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A pizzeria in the state of New York has agreed to pay $25,000 and provide other relief to settle a sex-based harassment lawsuit filed by the EEOC. The agency charged that a transgender cook at T.C. Wheelers Bar & Pizzeria ...

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H-1B visa rule shifts to beneficiary focus

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a final rule intended to reduce the risk of fraud in the H-1B registration process. Employers must be aware of the new rules as the FY 2025 registration period begins at 12 ...

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Employee can bring FCRA claim over background check

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A state appeals court has decided that a plaintiff can sue her former employer in state court under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for conducting a pre-hire background check that did not technically comply with the FCRA’s disclosure ...

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Hotel required to pay $42,000 to settle ADA lawsuit

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Library Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in New York City, must pay $42,000 to a former front desk employee to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the lawsuit, ...

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