On June 11, 2019, Governor Kay Ivey signed Alabama House Bill 225, making Alabama the 49th state to adopt equal pay legislation. The act prohibits an employer from paying an employee a lower wage rate than an employee of another race or sex for equal work in the same establishment, where job performance requires “equal skill, effort, education, experience, and responsibility” and occurs “under similar working conditions.” Details on the new law are in our recent article “Will Alabama Governor Sign Pay Equity Legislation?”
After years of debate, paid family leave in New Jersey is coming closer to reality despite fierce opposition from Republicans and the business community. Under the Senate’s current schedule, the bill could be considered in May or June. New Jersey would become the third state in the country (joining California and Washington) to give employees the right to paid leave to care for a sick relative or a newborn, and Governor Corzine has said that he will sign the bill into law.
In a surprise announcement with major repercussions for businesses and their websites, on November 19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in its Fall 2015 Statement of Regulatory Priorities that it is delaying—by at least three years—its proposed regulations on the standards for creating websites that are accessible to the disabled. This is the latest of many delays in the regulatory process that started when the DOJ issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on web accessibility in July of 2010. 75 Fed. Reg. 43460 (July 26, 2010), The new target date for the website regulations is for some time in 2018.
Since the National Labor Relations Board’s decision in Specialty Healthcare was issued in 2011, it has been easier for unions to win representation elections. The Board’s recent decision in Fraser Engineering Company, 359 NLRB No. 80 (2013), exemplifies how unions that lost elections prior to Specialty Healthcare may now attempt…..