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11 Sep New Illinois law aims to prevent violence against nurses Act includes training requirements and whistleblower protection, effective January 1.

To address the risks of violence against nurses and other health care workers, Illinois hospitals and other employers of health care workers will be required to comply with workplace violence training and related safety requirements, effective January 1, 2019.   The Illinois Health Care Violence Prevention Act, recently signed into law by the Illinois governor, includes a multi-prong approach to addressing workplace violence against nurses. In particular, health care providers will be required to create a workplace violence prevention program that not only complies with…

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10 Sep Paid Sick Leave And Minimum Wage: What’s Next For Michigan Employers

On September 5, 2018, Michigan’s Republican majority legislature adopted ballot proposals concerning minimum wage and paid sick leave. With that step, legislators removed both proposals from the November general election ballot.   This means legislators retain the ability to amend either law with a simple majority vote instead of the three-fourths vote required to amend a ballot initiative if it were passed by voters in November. The Michigan legislature can amend either or both laws before their March 2019 effective dates – either during the…

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06 Sep Is Severe Obesity A Disability Under The ADA? The Seventh Circuit Will Decide.

Advocates for the obese are arguing that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit should overturn a holding that obesity does not constitute a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   The case at hand started in March 2016, when former Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus driver Mark Richardson sued the CTA for violation of the ADA, claiming he was discriminated against because of his severe obesity. The CTA moved for summary judgment on the grounds that obesity does not…

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04 Sep OFCCP Issues New Directive for Analyzing Compensation

Organizations doing business with the federal government may be subject to affirmative action requirements, overseen by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). In an effort to provide more transparency and efficiency in its compliance evaluations, the OFCCP recently issued a new directive providing information on how it will analyze contractor compensation.   Under Executive Order 11246, covered contractors and subcontractors are required to periodically self-audit their compensation practices to identify and eliminate pay disparities based upon race/national origin and gender. If selected for…

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31 Aug G is for Golden Standard Does one size really fit all for workplace anti-harassment training?

In the labor and employment world, a question we often must remember to ask our clients is: in which state does the employee work? States’ labor laws vary drastically in every which way, from paid leave requirements to minimum wage amounts—and now anti-harassment guidance.   In response to the #MeToo movement, New York passed legislation this year requiring all New York employers to adopt or create an anti-sexual harassment policy that meets the requirements of the state’s new model policy. The guidance crafted by the…

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