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SCOTUS to Decide Next Term If Title VII Protects Sexual Orientation or Transgender Status

Ogletree Deakins • April 23, 2019
On April 22, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in a trio of cases, which will finally allow the Court to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or an individual’s status as transgender (or transitioning). As it currently stands, the federal circuits are split on these issues.

OFCCP Establishment Review Scheduling Letter Updates

Jackson Lewis P.C. • April 23, 2019
This, our third and final blog in a series discussing the proposed changes to OFCCP’s scheduling letters, takes a look at the Agency’s proposed changes to the establishment review letter and itemized listing.

Supreme Court Will Hear LGBT Blockbuster

XpertHR • April 23, 2019
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major legal dispute involving whether federal civil rights law protects sexual orientation and gender identity. It is an issue that has divided the nation's federal appellate courts.

Washington State Legislature Adopts Law Restricting Noncompetition Agreements

Ogletree Deakins • April 23, 2019
After several years of failed attempts, the state of Washington passed a law on April 17, 2019 that will significantly limit the enforceability of noncompetition agreements under Washington law. Governor Jay Inslee has not yet signed the act into law, but it is expected that Governor Inslee will promptly do so. Here are some key aspects of the act:

California Bill Would Prohibit Employment Race Discrimination Based on Hairstyles

Fisher Phillips • April 23, 2019
A measure currently pending in the California Legislature, and garnering wide bipartisan support, would provide that prohibited employment discrimination based on race under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) also includes discrimination based upon hair texture and hairstyles. If enacted into law, this bill will require California employers to re-evaluate workplace grooming standards applicable to their work sites in order to ensure compliance with the law.

Washington Poised to Significantly Expand Its Data Breach Notification Law

Jackson Lewis P.C. • April 23, 2019
It was looking like Washington state would be the first state to follow the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), with a GDPR-like law of its own. That effort has stalled, perhaps temporarily. However, both Washington’s House and Senate voted unanimously to send HB 1071 to Gov. Jay Inslee, which would substantially expand the state’s current data breach notification obligations.
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