As we recently anticipated, on August 1, 2016 Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law sweeping legislation that significantly modifies Massachusetts’s equal pay laws. Many consider the new law to be the most comprehensive and aggressive pay equity law in the nation. The law as signed is substantially similar to that discussed in our July 29 blog post, but contains some relatively minor language revisions and technical changes to the new affirmative defense afforded to employers that conduct internal pay equity audits. Most significantly, the law’s implementation date has changed: now it will not go into effect until July 1, 2018, giving employers more time to conduct internal pay equity audits and remedy any issues uncovered during an audit.
California Court Determines Arbitrator Must Decide Whether Class Claims Are Subject to Arbitration Agreement
When an employee who has signed an arbitration agreement files a lawsuit alleging individual claims along with class action claims, and the trial court has ordered him to take his individual claims to arbitration, what happens to the class claims? A California appellate court recently addressed that question in a…..
What began as a rumor has now become a real possibility for significant grassroots action. Activists who oppose President Trump have called for a national general strike on Friday, February 17, 2017. According to main organizing group, Strike4Democracy, President Trump has “put our foreign policy and our very democracy in peril” by taking numerous actions that, “signal a move away from democratic governance.” The group’s response? A day of general strike and nonviolent civil disobedience and demonstration to “show Donald Trump . . . that our voices will be heard.” With several days left before the strike, the group is gaining interest through social media.
Temporary protected status (TPS) for Somalia has been extended for an additional 18 months, prolonging the program from September 17, 2018, to March 17, 2020. Somalia was originally granted TPS in 1991 and was redesignated for TPS in 2012 because of widespread armed conflict.