Employment Law Trends Reflected In News

August 28, 2010 at 8:25 am 2 comments

Some recent news stories are good indicators of legal trends to which employers should pay some attention.  First, the Illinois Legislature just approved a new law restricting employers from using credit information in employment decisions.  Several other states (Hawaii, Oregon, Washington) have adopted similar laws, all intended to minimize the impact of the Great Recession on an applicant’s ability to get a job.  Second, nationally, claims brought before state wage agencies are up.  These types of claims include claims regarding termination pay, vacation pay and deductions from wages.  One Eastern employment lawyer has commented that he is seeing a “wage and hour firestorm spread from California across the country.  Make sure you know about and comply with applicable state wage laws that apply based on where your employees live/work.  Finally, a couple of recent new lawsuits suggest more men are filing sex discrimination claims with women—and other men– portrayed as the villains.

Acknowledgement and thanks to Mike O’Brien (writer) and Kriss Hess (sender) at the law firm Jones Waldo in Salt Lake City, UT

Note: Posts on this blog are for information purposes only, and are not legal advice.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Calee Creer  |  August 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Did you see that punkrockhr.com is ending?


    • 2. bradcreerhrcooks  |  August 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm

      No, I didn’t see that – but I don’t keep track of them, even though I “follow” them on Twitter. Thanks for letting me know so I can update the links here.



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