As previously reported, the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) has requested comments on its proposed regulations implementing the Opportunity to Compete Act (also known as the “ban the box” law). On March 30, 2015, Ogletree Deakins submitted detailed comments and questions to the NJDOL. A copy of that letter is available here. A public hearing on the proposed regulations was held on April 7, 2015, and the final regulations are expected to be issued this spring.
On September 3, 2020, Ontario’s government announced that it would extend layoff protections, preventing temporary layoffs due to COVID-19 from automatically becoming terminations of employment.
Maryland recently passed into law sweeping revisions to its existing equal pay law. The new law, signed by Governor Hogan on May 19, 2016, will take effect on October 1, 2016. With the passage of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, Maryland joins California and New York in expanding pay equity protections. The act significantly amend the current statute, Md. Code, Labor and Employment, §3-301, et seq. and expands both the scope of the law and its remedies.
October 2016 Visa Bulletin Is Welcome News for Employees Waiting to Apply for Lawful Permanent Residence
As the U.S. government begins its new fiscal year on October 1, 2016, the recently published October 2016 visa bulletin brings welcome news for many employees who are patiently waiting for their priority dates to become current in order to apply for lawful permanent resident status.