Blog Post
04/16/2021
By Alexander Reich and Jason Tremblay

On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Employee Background Fairness Act, which bans the use of criminal convictions in employment actions in Illinois, with limited exceptions.

Blog Post
04/15/2021
By Erik P. Pramschufer and Ruth A. Rauls

On March 31, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Cannabis/Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (the “Act”), which provides a framework for the state-sanctioned sale and use of cannabis for adult-use purposes (commonly referred to as “recreational use”). Included in the Act are provisions that provide employment protections for cannabis users. These provisions are effective now. Accordingly, employers should be aware of the Act’s new requirements to ensure compliance. New York joins several other states that have authorized adult use cannabis.    

Blog Post
04/14/2021
By Garrett P. Buttrey and Jason Tremblay

After a year of COVID-19-related delays, and as employers look to bring employees back to the workplace due to ongoing vaccination successes, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced it will restart its annual collection of EEO-1 data on April 26, 2021, with a deadline set for July 19, 2021.

Blog Post
04/13/2021
By Daniel Altchek

Local government employees in the Commonwealth of Virginia will soon become eligible to enjoy collective bargaining rights for the first time, come May 1, 2021. On that date, a law passed in 2020 will take effect. The law gives counties, cities and towns (including local school boards) the authority to enact ordinances that allow their police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical service personnel, public works employees, school teachers and other local government employees to form unions and engage in collective bargaining with their municipal employers. The Virginia law maintains the existing prohibition on public employee strikes, and it does not cover state government employees.

Blog Post
03/30/2021
By Garrett P. Buttrey and Jason Tremblay

The trickle-down effects of the Supreme Court’s endorsement of employee arbitration agreements in 2018 continue to inform judicial opinions across the country, most recently being used to invalidate a New Jersey prohibition of prospective jury trial waivers in workplace discrimination cases.

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