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How Businesses Can Effectively Cope With New Non-Compete Clauses

The recent passing of a Massachusetts law addressing non-compete agreements has employers across the country taking notice. This new law, which has been called "foolish" and "counterproductive" by analysts, grants employees bound by non-compete agreements some bold new rights.

Will There Be A New Anti-Discrimination Order for LGBTQ Workers In Florida?

Florida advocates and lawmakers are pushing for new protections for the LGBTQ community. The proposed Florida Competitive Workplace Act, which is supported by both Democratic representative Ben Diamond and Republican representative Rene Plascencia, aims at preventing employers in the restaurant and lodging industries or other public accommodations from discriminating against workers based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Is It Discrimination? In Specialty Roles, Lines Are Blurred For Fired Workers

A recent lawsuit by a former Walt Disney World employee has raised some concern over the topic of pregnancy discrimination for workers in specialty roles. The plaintiff, Krista Crowder, claims she should not have been fired for taking a medically-necessary 11- month leave following her pregnancy.

In the Age of #MeToo, How Far Is Too Far? Some Say That A Zero-Tolerance Policy May Do More Damage Than Good

The rise of sexual harassment allegations stemming from the #MeToo movement has left many employers reeling as they try to implement policies and procedures to protect themselves from potential liability. Some have elected to impose a zero-tolerance policy for all sexually inappropriate behaviors in the workplace. While this sounds good on paper, in reality, it can have some unintended consequences.

Sexual Harassment Claims for McDonald's Escalate as Sanford Worker Joins In

The massively popular fast-food restaurant chain McDonald's is facing serious sexual harassment allegations involving 10 employees spread across nine different cities. Backed by two national advocacy groups, the employees allege that they were groped and exposed to lewd comments, indecent exposure, and sexual propositions at the hands of their supervisors. A 15-year-old girl from St. Louis is among the list of claimants.

Employees of Educational Institutions Likely Protected From Sexual Orientation Discrimination under Title IX

With the #MeToo movement, there has been heightened awareness and actions taken against incidents of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination across many business sectors. There have been long been civil rights laws in place with the intent of protecting workers from sexual discrimination in the workplace and in educational institution. However, discrimination on the basis of an employee's sexual orientation is still a gray area where legislation is concerned. This is changing as recent federal appellate court decisions are reevaluating the extension of both Title VII and Title IX to workplace protections against sexual orientation discrimination. Most educational institutions, such as colleges, universities and many K-12 schools are required to abide by Title IX's sex discrimination protections.

What to Expect When Your Employee Is Expecting: How To Navigate Maternity Leave and Avoid Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

Workplace discrimination is a serious allegation. As an employer, knowing what not to say in certain situations can save you a lot of problems. This is particularly important when dealing with an employee who is expecting.

What Emerging Multiracial Plaintiff Cases Suggest About Employment Discrimination Law

Beginning in 2000, the United States Census Bureau began allowing respondents to choose more than one racial category. Following that census, 2.4 percent of the U.S. population identified themselves as multiracial. In the 2010 census, that number increased to 2.9 percent. There is speculation that the multiracial population in the United States may have been underestimated and the number of those who identify as such will continue to grow.

Lawmakers Turn Down The Florida Competitive Workforce Act

Spurred by the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that took the lives of 49 people last year, LGBTQ activists have revived efforts to pass a civil rights workforce protection act for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual workers. Despite co-sponsorships and endorsements by 44 percent of the legislature, the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA) was turned down by lawmakers again this year.

Requiring Employees to Provide Proof of Eligibility to Work in the U.S. May Result in a Liability

Employers in Florida have three days from the date of hire to verify a new employee's eligibility to legally work in the United States. This verification process falls under rules and guidelines that are provided by the United States immigration and citizenship laws as outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

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