On August 30, Governor David Paterson signed a bill (A. 2563A) into law that amends the New York state civil rights law by prohibiting employers from discriminating against committed same-sex partners in the granting of funeral or bereavement leave. Under the new law, employers that extend to their employees funeral or bereavement leave for the death of an employee’s spouse, or the child, parent or other relative of the spouse, are prohibited from denying the same leave to an employee for the death of the employee’s same-sex committed partner, or the child, parent or other relative of the committed partner. The law defines same-sex committed partners as “those who are financially and emotionally interdependent in a manner commonly presumed of spouses.” The bill is effective October 29, 2010, and New York employers should revise their bereavement policies accordingly.
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The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion that might pave the way for employers to use liquidated damages as a means of discouraging competition by former employees in certain circumstances.
The recent Ogletree Deakins webinar, “What’s Ahead in 2015 for Retailers in Labor and Employment Law,” featured leaders in the retail industry and labor and employment attorneys—Randel K. Johnson, senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Kelly Kolb, vice president of government affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders…..