Diversity, Retention & Pay Equity

By Jacob Oslick

iStock_000023258402MediumWe have previously reported and blogged about challenges to paying employees through debit card-like “paycards.” A recent Pennsylvania decision has amplified those concerns.

In a case of first impression, the trial court in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania found that paying employees through mandatory payroll cards does not comply with a Pennsylvania law, the

By Laura Maechtlen and Sam Schwartz-Fenwick

In a landmark ruling on July 15, 2015 in _____ v. Foxx, EEOC Appeal No. 2012-24738–FAA-03 (July 15, 2015), the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC’) held for the first time that Title VII extends to claims of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Specifically, the EEOC held that

By Sam Schwartz-Fenwick and Craig B. Simonsen

Blog picIn another federal action that employers need take note of, last week the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its “Commission Guidance Regarding the Definition of the Terms ‘Spouse’ and ‘Marriage’ Following the Supreme Court’s Decision in United States v. Windsor.” SEC Interpretive Release No. 33-9850 (IR)

By Dawn Solowey and Ariel Cudkowicz

On June 1, 2015, in a 8-1 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the religious-discrimination case of EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. We blogged about that opinion on the day of the decision.

But many employers are wondering: now what?

By Sam Schwartz-Fenwick and Amanda Sonneborn

In last week’s oral argument on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, Chief Justice Roberts asked the following question:

Counsel, I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve the case. I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and

By Lynn Kappelman, Laura Maechtlen, Sam Schwartz-Fenwick and Michael Stevens

Background

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on two questions regarding the Constitutionality of state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. In 2013, the Supreme Court side-stepped the issue when it dismissed Perry v Hollingsworth on standing grounds. In 2013, the

By Erin Dougherty Foley and Craig B. Simonsen

In an interesting development, a number of large employers have begun to offer to pay for employees to freeze their eggs (aka ova (the female reproductive cell)).

There is merit to the notion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of couples where

By: Cameron A. Smith, Laura J. Maechtlen and Annette Tyman

Yesterday, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination by the federal government or federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Currently, only 18 states and the District of Columbia have laws explicitly protecting LGBT workers from being fired because