Employment Practices

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Philadelphia’s Mayor, Michael Nutter, signed an amendment expanding Philadelphia’s 2011 Fair Criminal Standards Ordinance, also known as the “Ban the Box” legislation. This amendment further restricts the ability of employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background, if any. The original law prohibited employers (whether …

Earlier this week, the Georgia Supreme Court in Walker v. Tensor Machine, Ltd. [No.S151222, 2015 WL 7135149 (Ga. Sup. Nov. 16, 2015)] further clarified Georgia’s apportionment statute, a ruling that is favorable to the defense of personal injury actions. In 2005, Georgia’s legislature enacted the apportionment statute, O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33, …

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in its quest to significantly expand the definition of “employer,” handed down a recent decision striking down three decades of legal precedent. For 30 years, the NLRB has taken the position that a joint employer must “share or co-determine those matters governing essential terms …

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently ruled in a federal sector case that Title VII also bars workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. This decision follows a previous ruling from the …