The Civil Rights Division (CRD) of the United States Department of Justice recently issued guidance to help employers avoid citizenship status and national origin discrimination when posting online job opportunities. Within the CRD, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act § 274B, 8 U.S.C. § 1324b. The statute prohibits citizenship or immigration status discrimination with respect to hiring, firing, and recruitment by employers with four or more employees. U.S. citizens and nationals, permanent residents (Green Card holders), asylees and refugees are protected from citizenship status discrimination.
On October 7, 2014, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its Final Rule establishing standards and procedures to implement Executive Order 13658, entitled “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors.” 79 Fed. Reg. 60634. Executive Order 13658 increases the federal contractor minimum wage…..
On June 4, 2021, Governor Ned Lamont signed House Bill No. 5158, modifying Connecticut’s breastfeeding in the workplace law to expand employers’ obligations to provide lactation rooms. The new law requires employers with one or more employees, including the state and any political subdivision of the state, “to provide a room or other location, in close proximity to the work area,” where she can express milk in private.
The news reports that more and more companies are moving to offer unlimited vacation time. On its face, this policy change appears to be a generous offer by employers to boost employee morale and attract top talent, but there may be other factors at play. Here is an overview of such policies and some observations on their utility for California employers.