The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 that federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees because they are gay or transgender.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued updated guidance on recording occupational illnesses related to COVID-19. The guidance took effect May 26, 2020 and remains in effect until further notice.
To lower costs and avoid layoffs during difficult times, employers may consider reducing employees' regular work hours. Among other things, a reduction in hours can affect wage and hour law compliance, eligibility for unemployment and benefits, loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and employee morale. For those reasons, it's important to carefully consider a number of factors before reducing employees' hours.
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Virginia has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 868) that expands nondiscrimination protections to cover sexual orientation and gender identity. Senate Bill 868 takes effect July 1, 2020.
The District of Columbia has enacted legislation (Act 23-301) that will require employers to provide paid voting leave.
The District of Columbia has enacted legislation (Act 23-305) that will require employers offering parking benefits to offer employees a transportation benefit, pay a fee, or implement a plan to reduce commuting to work by car.
Chicago has published final rules, frequently asked questions, and a notice for employers covered by the city's Fair Workweek Ordinance, which takes effect July 1, 2020.
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