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“Good Boy”: A Phrase For Your Dog, Not Your Employee

Brody and Associates, LLC • August 15, 2018
A former car salesman at Lee Partyka Chevrolet in Hamden, Connecticut, is suing the dealership claiming he lost his job after complaining about the general manager’s alleged use of the word “boy” to refer to his black employees. In his suit, plaintiff Dennis Bellamy alleges the dealership violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by terminating him because he spoke up for what he perceived was a hostile work environment resulting from his general manager’s racially disparaging language.

Massachusetts Enacts Comprehensive Noncompete Agreements Law

XpertHR • August 15, 2018
A new Massachusetts law establishes minimum requirements for employment-related noncompete agreements to be enforceable and bans agreements that do not meet the law's requirements. Massachusetts joins several other states that have recently established new regulations for noncompete agreements. The new law applies only to agreements entered into on or after October 1, 2018.

New Jersey Law Does Not Require Employers To Accommodate Medical Marijuana Users By Waiving Drug Tests

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 15, 2018
A federal court in New Jersey has held that neither the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (“NJCUMMA”) nor the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) compels an employer to waive its requirements for employees to pass drug tests, even when those drug tests include testing for marijuana. Cotto v. Ardagh Glass Packing, CV-18-1037 (D.N.J. August 10, 2018).

New York City Commission on Human Rights Issues Mandatory Anti-Sexual Harassment Poster

FordHarrison LLP • August 15, 2018
Executive Summary: As part of the new anti-sexual harassment laws passed in response to the #MeToo movement this past spring, New York City now requires employers to post a notice of employees’ rights and remedies if they have been subjected to sexual harassment. (FordHarrison previously discussed the updates to the City law in our April 30, 2018 Alert.) The New York City Commission on Human Rights (“the Commission”) has issued a poster for use by employers: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/cchr/downloads/pdf/materials/SexHarass_Notice-8.5x11.pdf. Employers must “conspicuously” display this poster “in employee breakrooms or other common areas employees gather” no later than September 6, 2018.
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