House lawmakers on Wednesday introduced the Speak Out Act, a bipartisan bill that aims to stop employers from forcing workers to remain silent about current and future instances of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace — as a requirement for employment.
Archives for June 29, 2022
Managing workplace romance
Before the arrival of Covid-19 made home working the norm, the workplace was often viewed as a hub for budding romances, with statistics indicating that around 24% of people have confessed to having had relations with a co-worker at some point.
Pennsylvania Agency’s BLM Mask Ban for Workers Properly Blocked
A Pennsylvania transit agency’s policy prohibiting political and social adornments on employee uniforms that was updated to include Black Lives Matter messaging is likely unconstitutional and a lower court properly blocked its application against BLM supporters, the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday.
Opinion: Why so many workers are still quitting their jobs
Aside from, “You’re on mute,” “I quit” has likely become one of the most popular sayings in the US over the last two years.
Bloomington Becomes the Fourth City in Minnesota to Require Paid Sick and Safe Leave
The City of Bloomington, Minnesota is the latest city in Minnesota to join the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth in enacting an Earned Sick and Safe Leave ordinance (ORDINANCE NO. 2022-31). The Ordinance, which largely mirrors the requirements of the City of Minneapolis’ Sick and Safe Time Ordinance
COVID-19–Driven Layoffs Are Not a ‘Natural Disaster’ Under WARN Act, Fifth Circuit Rules
In the first ruling from a federal appellate court examining COVID-19–related layoffs and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held in Easom v. US Well Services, Inc., No. 21-20202 (June 15, 2022), that a mass layoff resulting in part from the economic
New Mexico’s Paid Sick Leave Law Becomes Effective on July 1, 2022
Beginning on July 1, 2022, New Mexico’s Healthy Workplaces Act (HWA) requires private employers with even one employee working in New Mexico to provide paid sick leave (PSL) to eligible employees. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) recently published HWA guidance, in the form of answers to frequently
How are multinational employers approaching whistleblower hotlines and guarding against whistleblower retaliation?
Going Beyond IE&D 101: A Deeper Understanding of Being Transgender Today in America
As Pride Month comes to a close, we are celebrating with a very special podcast that features the personal stories and perspectives from two members of the Littler family.
Littler Knowledge Management Counsel, Betsy Cammarata (GSC – Kansas City) talks with Littler alum, Bennett Kaspar-Williams (Corporate Counsel for Labor
A Good Mentor Can Keep Your Potential Jedis from Turning to the Dark Side
As if that title didn’t give it away, I’m kind of a sci-fi nerd. I don’t speak Klingon and I’ve never watched a single episode of Dr. Who; but my current reading list includes a revisit of Foundation, I have a Starship Enterprise pizza cutter, and I lose more
Tesla Sued for Laying Off ‘Thousands’ Without Proper Notice
Last week, two former Tesla employees filed a class-action lawsuit against Tesla, accusing the electric automaker of laying off “thousands” of workers without issuing the federally required notice.
“Zero Days Advance Notice” For Layoffs
Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), employers are required to provide
Colorado Governor Signs Non-Compete Bill, Further Limiting Use of Agreements and Increasing Non-Compliance Penalties
Governor Jared Polis has now signed HB 22-1317, significantly limiting the enforceability of non-compete agreements executed after August 10, 2022 — the law’s effective date — for employers with employees working or living in Colorado. For details of, and a brief Q&A on, the new law, see the articles Colorado Poised
Spread of COVID-Whistleblower Legislative Protections Continues Unabated
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was sudden and devastating, and even as the threat levels subside, the fallout endures. To be sure, the healthcare industry has long been on the forefront of battling the threat to public health posed by COVID-19. While there has been a broad and varied
Down But Not Out: U.S. District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Against Florida “Stop-WOKE” Law
On June 27, 2022, the U.S.