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Dear Littler: Can We Still Maintain Hairstyle and Personal Grooming Policies?

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • December 09, 2019
I am an HR manager for a boutique beauty supply shop based in Atlanta, Georgia. We are planning to expand into new storefronts in both San Diego, California and Brooklyn, New York. We have a standard grooming policy because our company promotes personal care products and it is important to us that client-facing employees are clean and well-groomed. Our handbook restricts employees on the sales floor from wearing facial piercings, visible tattoos, long beards and dreadlocks. However, we’ve heard that new laws prohibit “hairstyle discrimination” and restrict dress codes. Can we still maintain our look?

Rethinking Training – Bystander Intervention and Diversity & Inclusion Sessions

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • December 09, 2019
Asha Santos, Shareholder in Littler’s Boston office, explains the purpose of bystander intervention training and the value of diversity and inclusion sessions in today's workplace.

National and State Trade Groups Sue to Strike Down California “Anti-Arbitration” Law

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • December 09, 2019
On Friday, December 6, 2019, a coalition of national and state trade associations filed suit in California federal court seeking to strike down the state’s recently enacted “anti-arbitration” law, A.B. 51.1 A.B. 51 effectively prohibits the formation and use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in the employment setting. The California state legislature passed the bill earlier this year, and Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed it into law on October 10, 2019. The law is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2020, but the business groups will be asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the law from taking effect.

Maryland Again Amends its Data Breach Notification Law

Jackson Lewis P.C. • December 09, 2019
In response to trends, heightened public awareness, and a string of large-scale data breaches, states continue to enhance their data breach notification laws. In 2017 Maryland amended its Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) with expansion of the definition of personal information, modification of the definition of “breach of the security of the system”, establishing a 45-day timeframe for notification and expansion of the class of information subject to Maryland’s data destruction laws. Now, Maryland has again amended PIPA, with HB 1154 in effect from October 1, 2019, notably enhancing the requirements for a business once it becomes aware of a data security breach.
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