Ogletree Deakins • August 11, 2019
Employers in Kansas City, Missouri, are now prohibited from asking applicants about their prior salary or pay histories. Kansas City’s ordinance, which becomes effective on October 31, 2019, is part of a growing national trend to ban salary history questions. Several states (including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington) have already passed similar legislation.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • June 02, 2019
Kansas City, Missouri joined the growing list of cities with salary history bans, aligning with a national trend that continues to gain momentum. On May 23, 2019, the city council passed Ordinance No. 190380—aimed to address the city’s reported 21.7% gender pay gap.1 The ordinance takes effect on October 31, 2019, and applies to any employer in Kansas City that employs six or more employees.2
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • March 04, 2019
While not recognizing discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity as being protected under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA), the Missouri Supreme Court has issued two separate opinions that expand protection of LGBTQ individuals under the MHRA.
Ogletree Deakins • March 04, 2019
On February 26, 2019, the Supreme Court of Missouri overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against a school district by a transgender student who alleged the school district violated the Missouri Human Rights Act by unlawfully discriminating against him in the use of a public accommodation on the basis of his sex.
FordHarrison LLP • February 28, 2019
Executive Summary: On February 26, 2019, the Missouri Supreme Court extended legal protections against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in two separate cases—one dealing with employment rights and the other dealing with accessibility rights to public facilities by transgender students.
Ogletree Deakins • December 31, 2018
It’s time for our annual holiday season blog on the status of arbitration agreement enforceability in Missouri. Last year we brought you “Missouri Supreme Court Punts Two Lawsuits in a Row, on Direct Flights to Arbitration,” which discussed two recent Supreme Court of Missouri decisions. One of those cases was State ex rel. Pinkerton v. Fahnestock, holding the incorporation of the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) arbitration rules—and the delegation clause in those rules—would delegate threshold questions about contract enforceability to the arbitrator.
Ogletree Deakins • December 09, 2018
Missouri voters have been heard: the state’s minimum wage is on the rise. On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters approved Proposition B, a measure that proposed an increase to the current state minimum wage of $7.85 per hour. The minimum wage will now rise each year until it reaches $12.00 per hour.
Ogletree Deakins • November 28, 2018
Missouri residents recently voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. Amendment 2, the Medical Marijuana and Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative, overwhelmingly passed on November 6, 2018, amending the Missouri Constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana for any medical condition approved by a physician. Notably, voters approved Amendment 2 over two other medical marijuana measures on the ballot: Amendment 3, which would have permitted marijuana use for only specified medical conditions, and Proposition C, which was similar to Amendment 2 but would have been subject to revision or repeal by the Missouri legislature. While all three sought to legalize possessing, using, buying, and selling marijuana for medicinal reasons, Amendment 2 was the only measure that allowed for cultivating marijuana plants at home.
Fisher Phillips • November 18, 2018
Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 on Election Day 2018, one of the three medical marijuana measures appearing on the state’s ballot. Amendment 2 adds an article to the Missouri Constitution legalizing medical use of marijuana for qualifying patients and allowing people who qualify to grow their own plants. With a new law comes new questions about how this development will affect workplaces across the state. Here are a series of the most common questions Missouri employers may have while adjusting to this new reality.
Fisher Phillips • November 18, 2018
As predicted, Missouri voters turned out in record numbers for the 2018 general election yesterday and overwhelmingly voted to pass Proposition B: The $12 Minimum Wage Initiative. As a result, beginning January 1, 2019, the hourly minimum wage in Missouri will increase from $7.85 to $8.60, and will gradually increase by 85 cents per year until it reaches $12.00 per hour in 2023: