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Gay employee failed to show adverse action

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A gay employee who filed a discrimination lawsuit against his employer won’t be getting his day in court. A federal appellate court upheld a summary judgment, finding there was insufficient evidence of an adverse employment action for the case to ...

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Reduce the risk of ‘take-home COVID-19’ litigation

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A number of “take home COVID-19” lawsuits have been filed across the country. These suits involve cases in which employees are believed to have caught COVID-19 at work and then brought it home to a family member who was adversely ...

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General discriminatory language may compound hostile environment

The plaintiff claims the defendants were not shy about expressing their support for views he connected to the ‘MAGA movement.’ (Sipa USA via AP)

A habit of discriminatory language could help an employee’s claim of a hostile work environment when generalized harassment is coupled with more specific ties to an employee’s protected class, a Massachusetts trial court judge has decided. In the case of ...

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Companies announcing abortion-related benefits

Protesters outside U.S. Supreme Court after abortion ruling (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade, some major U.S. employers have announced new abortion-related benefits, including covering costs for employees who need to travel out of state to obtain abortion care. Amazon, one ...

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U.S. Supreme Court hands rare arbitration win to plaintiffs

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision that affects arbitration of employment disputes, delivering a rare win against employers and setting aside a precedent from the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In May 2022, the Court ruled in ...

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FTC considers restrictions on noncompetes

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The Federal Trade Commission is considering new regulations to restrict companies’ use of noncompete clauses. Last year, President Joe Biden asked the FTC to consider limiting these clauses. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce contends that the FTC doesn’t have ...

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Mass. high court rejects ballot initiative on independent contractors

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A ballot initiative strongly supported by ridesharing and restaurant delivery services to secure their workers’ status as independent contractors will not move forward, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled. Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., and DoorDash Inc. advocated for the proposed ballot initiatives ...

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NLRB changes notice requirement for workplaces affected by COVID-19

The National Labor Relations Board has modified the timing of its electronic notice-posting requirement when an employer has not yet reopened its facility due to COVID-19, or a substantial number of employees have not yet returned to work on site, ...

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OSHA starts new COVID-19 enforcement program

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OSHA has announced that COVID-19 enforcement is the agency’s top priority for 2022. The program will involve inspection of “high hazard” employers and further inspection of health care employers that have received COVID-19 complaints in the past. To open an ...

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Studies find EEOC’s move to virtual mediation successful

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Two independent studies have found that the EEOC’s mediation program — including the transition from in-person to online mediation as a result of the pandemic — has been successful. Study participants said that they view the EEOC’s voluntary mediation program ...

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