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Jury Awards $10 Million in Punitive Damages to Former Executive in “Reverse Discrimination” Lawsuit

USA - December 10 2021 On October 26, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina awarded a white male former executive $10 million in…

Rachel Lesser, Kris D. Meade

Employees in New York State May Now Petition Their Employers to Participate in a Shared Work Program as an Alternative to Layoffs

USA - November 1 2021 On Saturday, October 23, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation, S. 17-A/A/ 737-A, to allow any group of employees who face or have faced…

Katie Erno, Thomas P. Gies, Lynn Hsieh, Rachel Lesser, Eric Su

California Implements Greater Restrictions on Employee Settlement, Separation and Other Employment Agreements

USA - October 21 2021 California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a new bill, SB 311, also known as the “Silenced No More Act,” which broadly prohibits non-disclosure…

Trina Fairley Barlow, Kimberley Johnson, Suzanne E. Rode, Rebecca L. Springer, Eric Su

New York State Employers Must Implement Their HERO Act Plans

USA - September 21 2021 New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on September 6, 2021, that the New York State Commissioner of Health has designated COVID-19 as a “highly…

Katie Erno, Thomas P. Gies, Christine B. Hawes, Lynn Hsieh, Eric Su

HERO Act Update: New York State Department of Labor

USA - July 14 2021 The New York State Department of Labor (“DOL”) published important guidance regarding the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (the “HERO Act”) on…

Katie Erno, Thomas P. Gies, Christine B. Hawes, Lynn Hsieh, Eric Su