Week In Review

June 15, 2016

EEOC Increasing Title VII, ADA, and GINA Notice Posting Penalties to $525

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a final rule raising the penalty for violations of the notice posting requirements in Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) from $210 to $525. The change is effective July 1, 2016.

Connecticut "Ban the Box" Law Takes Effect January 1, 2017

Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy has signed House Bill 5237 into law. The legislation will preclude employers with one or more employees in the state from inquiring about a prospective employee’s criminal history on an initial job application, except under certain circumstances. Under the law, which will take effect January 1, 2017, employers will be permitted to inquire into an applicant’s criminal background where required to do so under state or federal law, or when the prospective employee has applied for a job for which the employer must obtain a security or fidelity bond or equivalent bond. Employers who violate the law will be subject to a penalty of $300 for each violation.

Wisconsin’s Organ Donor Leave Law Takes Effect July 1

Wisconsin employees will be able to take up to six weeks of leave to donate organs and bone marrow. Governor Scott Walker recently signed Senate Bill 517 into law to provide job protections to organ donors for kidneys, partial livers, partial lungs, partial pancreas, partial intestine, and bone marrow. The bill only applies to those employers with 50 or more employees.