On November 18, 2013, a bill (S2995) seeking to expand employment protections for pregnant women passed in the Senate 38-0. Specifically, the bill would (1) amend the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to add pregnancy (including childbirth recovery) to the list of protected classifications, (2) prohibit less favorable treatment of women based upon pregnancy, and (3) require employers to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s pregnancy-related needs when requested by the employee upon advice of her doctor. Potential reasonable accommodations (subject to an employer’s undue hardship defense) would include bathroom breaks, breaks for increased water intake, periodic rest, assistance with manual labor, job restructuring or modified work schedules (e.g., light duty), and temporary transfers to less strenuous or hazardous work. A reasonable accommodation would not include time off from work. The bill would also prohibit employers from penalizing a pregnant employee for taking advantage of these workplace accommodations. The bill has been sent to the Assembly for consideration.
The filing period for “new” H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for FY 2013 begins on Friday, March 30, 2012. USCIS will accept cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY 2013 on Monday, April 2, 2012 for employment with a start date of October 1, 2012 or later. Employers should
Raising the Bar to a Perfect Score: Corporate Equality Index to Look for Expanded Health Benefits as Measure of LGBT Workplace Equality and Inclusion
Employers looking for strong scores on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) in coming years may have to make some unexpected changes to their health benefit programs.
On October 10, 2007, a San Francisco district court judge granted an order preventing the implementation of the new Social Security no-match regulations. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer halted over 140,000 no-match letters from being issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to employers relating to approximately 8 million employees.