February 09, 2023

Labor and Employment Newsletter

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We are continuing to monitor key trends and significant updates that affect employers across a wide variety of industries. We want to make sure we touch upon issues that are of concern to you. We invite you to take a moment and let us know what you would like to hear more about in this newsletter. Click below to email our team of attorneys.


New Year, New Updates for New York Employment Laws: Webinar Presentation Recap

To help prepare employers for the New Year, on January 19, 2023, we presented a webinar regarding some of the latest updates to New York employment laws. The webinar, "New Year, New Updates for New York Employment Laws," covered five topics: (1) New York's pay transparency law—what it says and what we have learned, (2) updates to workplace poster requirements, (3) minimum wage increases for overtime exempt and non-exempt staff, (4) paid vaccination leave updates, and (5) paid family leave updates. In case you missed it, or you just want a refresher, here's a recap of what we discussed during the webinar.

Bereavement Leave, Pay Transparency, and More: California's New Suite of 2023 Employment Laws Takes Effect

With the new year comes new laws and, for employees in California, new benefits and protections. Below are four of them all employers should be aware of, as existing policies and practices may need to be updated. Unless otherwise noted, all laws discussed took effect on January 1, 2023.

The Federal Government Says, "Mother Knows Best": Expanded Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Workers Under Federal Law

On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, and formally adopted two new laws aimed at enhancing protections for pregnant employees and nursing parents in the workplace. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act requires covered employers to provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with known limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. The Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act expands on existing protections for employees who need time at work to express breast milk.

Education Roundup: OCR Reminds IHEs That Pregnancy Is Protected Under Title IX Too

Often, the focus on Title IX compliance and crafting institutional procedures for institutions of higher education (IHEs) is dominated by more commonly arising issues like sexual misconduct allegations. However, recently, the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a resolution of a student's complaint against her university that serves as a reminder to all IHEs: your Title IX policy and compliance efforts must address pregnancy-related accommodation requests too!

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