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Happy Birthday ADA!

The Americans With Disabilities Act turns 20 on July 22nd.  To celebrate, the EEOC will sponsor a panel of ten civil rights experts discussing the landmark law.  I wish I could attend the Washington D.C. event, which is described here.    We’ve been expecting the final regulations under the ADAAA this month.  I wouldn’t be surprised… Continue Reading

Financial Services Reform Bill Adds Whistleblower Protections

Thanks to the Employment Law Group for a thorough summary of the whistleblower provisions in the new financial services reform bill passed by the senate.  The article, including a link to the new law, can be found here.  Some of the new provisions of the law include: Section 922 provides for remedies including, among other… Continue Reading

Referendum 71 Expands Employees’ Rights

With the passage of Referendum 71, state registered domestic partners will be treated under state statutes the same as married spouses.  Although the change will impact employers in several ways, one of the most significant changes will be the expansion of leave rights under the state Family Leave Act (“FLA”), which applies to employers with… Continue Reading

Happy Veterans Day!

Many people confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day.   In some ways, the distinction is not that important because both days are for recognizing those who chose to join the military to protect us. Memorial Day is rooted in Decoration Day, which began to be observed shortly after the Civil War as a day for decorating… Continue Reading