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Seventh Circuit Rules: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Illegal Under Title VII

Seventh Circuit Rules: Sexual Orientation Discrimination Illegal Under Title VII

Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the highest court in the country to rule that sexual orientation discrimination is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. While Title VII does not explicitly include sexual orientation as a protected class, the court held that discriminating on the basis of sexual preference is a form of gender stereotyping that qualifies as illegal “sex” (or gender-based) discrimination. Title VII has long prohibited…

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EEOC Offers New Online System for Discrimination & Harassment Charges

EEOC Offers New Online System for Discrimination & Harassment Charges

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched a new online tool to help employees who are considering filing discrimination or harassment charges. The Online Inquiry and Appointment System is available in five EEOC locations to start, with the goal of making it available nationwide by late 2017. Filing an EEOC claim is a long-standing prerequisite to filing a discrimination or harassment lawsuit under federal law. Historically, the claims filing process has been initiated in person, by mail, or…

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Minimum Wage Increases for 2017

Minimum Wage Increases for 2017

With the start of the new year, the minimum wage has increased in 19 states (along with a few increases scheduled for later in the year). The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25; this is the lowest hourly amount that employers can pay employees in the United States. However, if a state has a higher minimum wage, the employer must pay the higher amount. Likewise, if a city or county has a higher minimum wage than the federal or state…

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Fewer Employees Will Qualify as Exempt From Federal Overtime Laws Under New Rule

Fewer Employees Will Qualify as Exempt From Federal Overtime Laws Under New Rule

Last summer, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would increase the minimum salary requirement for workers to qualify as exempt from federal overtime rules. The DOL recently finalized the rule, which will go into effect on December 1, 2016. The DOL estimates that 4.2 million workers will now be eligible for overtime pay as a result of the changes. Federal law requires employers to pay employees time-and-a-half when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek….

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San Francisco Becomes First City to Provide Fully Paid Parental Leave

San Francisco Becomes First City to Provide Fully Paid Parental Leave

Earlier this week, San Francisco became the first city to require private employers to provide paid parental leave to their employees. The law is the first of its kind; no other federal, state, or local law requires employers to fund time off for parents to care for a new child. California is one of a few states that already provides some paid leave to parents taking leave after the birth or adoption of a child. However, the pay is partial…

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