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News You Can Use: Are You in Compliance with These New Employment Laws?

It has been a busy summer in the employment law world. Companies doing business in California, Connecticut, Nevada, New York, Oregon, New York City, San Antonio, and Dallas should become familiar with these legal updates:

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Rachel Morris Named 'Rising Star' by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine

Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel is proud to announce that Rachel A. Morris from our Tampa office has been included in the Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars list in Employment & Labor Law: Employer. 

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EEOC Expands Pay Data Collection of EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data to Include Both 2017 and 2018

As we blogged about earlier this week, the EEOC announced it expects to begin collecting EEO-1 Component 2 pay data based on gender, race, and ethnicity in mid-July 2019.  In its notice published on the Federal Register, the EEOC also announced it was still deciding whether to require EEO-1 Component 2 pay data for 2017.

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EEOC Burdens Employers by Collecting EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data

Yesterday, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission officially reinstated its employer pay data survey for employers covered by EEO-1 reporting requirements. 

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May I Terminate a Medical Marijuana User for a Positive Drug Test?

Medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia (and recreational use is also legal in 10 of those states, plus D.C.), but marijuana remains illegal under federal law. While employers can prohibit workers from using or being under the influence of intoxicating drugs in the workplace, the line becomes much smokier when the employee uses medical marijuana at home to treat a disability but there is no indication of use or intoxication in the workplace.

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EEOC Says EEO-1 Pay Data Will Be Due September 30 (For Now...)

As we blogged about here, a Washington, D.C., federal judge recently ordered the EEOC to reinstate the EEO-1 form's pay-data reporting provisions, which were suspended in 2017 by the Trump Administration. The judge required that the EEOC explain how it would implement her order by April 3. 

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Major EEO-1 Reporting Changes Coming? Federal Judge Rules Employers May Be Forced To Reveal Pay Information

On March 4, a Washington, D.C., federal judge ordered the EEOC to reinstate the EEO-1 form's pay-data reporting provisions, which were suspended in 2017 by the Trump administration. The controversial provisions require covered employers to report pay information by race, ethnicity, and sex.  Importantly, the federal judge's mandate's effective date was not made clear by the March 4 Order. 

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The DOL's New Overtime Proposal Is Finally Here

On Thursday, March 7, the U.S. Department of Labor released its new overtime proposal updating the salary thresholds for workers entitled to overtime compensation.  According to the proposal, the new salary level will increase to $679 per week (about $35,308 annually).  This is a significant increase from the current salary level of $455 (about $23,660 annually).

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Is New Jersey the New California? New NJ Laws Provide $15 Minimum Wage, Expand Family Leave, and More

As we previously blogged about here, New Jersey is moving forward with several employee-friendly laws.

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NYC Bans Hair Discrimination: What Employers Everywhere Need to Know

Last week, New York City became the first jurisdiction to pass legislation making black hairstyles a protected racial characteristic. This legislation is part of a national legal trend that affects employers nationwide.  

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