Published: May 30, 2018

On May 29, 2018, over 8,000 Starbucks locations around the country closed for an afternoon to conduct anti-bias training. During this time, over 175,000 Starbucks employees participated in the training focused on addressing implicit bias, promoting conscious inclusion, preventing discrimination, and ensuring Starbucks customers feel safe and welcome.

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Published: April 3, 2018

On March 29, 2018, the New Jersey Appellate Decision issued an opinion which clarifies and expands rights to unemployment benefits to certain employees who voluntarily resign from their positions in the face of imminent employment termination. Previously, if an employee voluntary quit his or her job in New Jersey, then that employee was not eligible to receive unemployment compensation benefits. However, the court’s decision in Cottman v.

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Published: February 20, 2018

So-called “gig economy” employers rejoiced on February 8, 2018, when, in Lawson v. Grubhub, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-05128-JSC, U.S.

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Published: February 16, 2018

On February 15, 2018, the Economic Matters Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates voted 12-11 to reject a bill that would have delayed the implementation of Maryland’s new sick and safe leave law, known as the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, until July 1, 2018. Advocates of delaying the implementation sought more time for employers and the State to prepare for the significant changes in leave policies. Instead, the law, which had already gone into effect on February 11, 2018, will remain in effect as is.

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Published: February 2, 2018

On January 29, 2018, in Tze-Kit Mui v. Massachusetts Port Auth., No. SJC-12296 (Mass. Jan. 29, 2018), the highest court in Massachusetts ruled that accrued, but unused, sick leave does not constitute “wages” under the state’s Wage Act. In so holding, the Court vacated the decision of the lower court that required an employer to pay a departing employee for his unused sick leave.

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Published: January 22, 2018

Now former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spared no expense on ink his last day in office when he signed over fifty bills into law covering a wide array of topics with far reaching impact on the state. Of equal importance are bills he chose not to sign, utilizing his “pocket veto” on over forty additional pieces of legislation that had made to his desk. By not acting on these bills, he functionally vetoed them as they must now begin their journey to the Governor’s desk anew.

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Published: January 19, 2018

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly enacted the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act over Governor Larry Hogan’s veto. Under the new law, employers with more than 15 full-time employees must provide their employees up to 40 hours of paid leave annually, which is earned at the rate of 1 hour of leave for every 30 hours worked. The law further permits employees to carryover a maximum of 40 hours of unused leave each year, but limits their use of the leave to no more than 64 hours in a single year.

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Published: January 16, 2018

Employers and employees alike may see big changes in the upcoming year regarding state laws dealing with sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Following the allegations against former film producer Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the #MeToo movement, the legislative floodgates have opened as a number of states have proposed bills attempting to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Published: November 22, 2017

It is impossible to turn on the television or open your web browser without seeing the headlines stolen by another story of sexual harassment. Now more than ever, employers must be vigilant in ensuring that they have workplace policies and procedures addressing all forms of workplace conduct.

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