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California’s Fair Pay Laws Continue To Evolve

Ilyse Schuman, Co-Chair of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute, talks with Sacramento Shareholder Bruce Sarchet about two new bills pending in the California legislature dealing with the concept of equal pay for equal work. One would prohibit employers from asking about salary history during the job application process, and another would require large employers to file reports regarding pay for men vs. pay for women. …

HR’s Critical Role in Shaping Employment Policy

Most organizations would agree that their people are among their most important assets. So why is it that so few organizations believe that their HR department is one of their most important divisions? At a time when the President of the United States is calling for building America again, buying American again, and creating those great-paying American jobs again, Michael Lotito, co-chair of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute and a Littler shareholder, explores many of the reasons why HR is not just critical to this endeavor, but will be the driving force behind it. …

Trans-Competence in Healthcare: Emerging Realities for LGBTQ Patients

Cindy-Ann Thomas, Littler Principal and Co-chair of the firm’s EEO and Diversity Practice Group, and Dr. Thomas Robertson, Chief Psychologist at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, discuss how the transgender patient population in healthcare is one of the most highly victimized groups. They discuss a joint study undertaken by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force entitled: Injustice at Every Turn. …

The New Administration’s First 30 Days: Is Diversity Necessarily Under Siege in America?

Littler’s Cindy-Ann Thomas and Gene Ryu are joined by client-guest Enidio Magel to discuss the first days of the Trump administration. The three address the effects of the fiery and divisive debates that made their way into workplaces across the country during our most recent election season, and explore the arising diversity challenges.  …

Diversity & Inclusion at Littler – From the Inside Out

In this inaugural post to the Diversity & Inclusion podcast series, we discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion today for the organizations we counsel and how we help our clients with their diversity and inclusion efforts. Join Cindy-Ann Thomas, Littler Principal and Co-chair of the firm’s EEO and Diversity Practice Group, and Kevin Kraham, Shareholder in our D.C. …

California Employers Beware: Your Employee May Be A “Private Attorney General”

In just the last two years, there has been an explosion in the number of claims being brought against California employers under the state’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA).  The claims typically involve allegations of technical violations of payroll practices and other wage and hour laws, such as the failure to provide duty-free, uninterrupted meal breaks.  While such an oversight may seem trivial, because of the existence of “derivative penalties,” the legal exposure from such cases can be significant.  In this podcast, Littler Mendelson Senior Shareholder Bruce Sarchet discusses the …

Not Phoning It In: Telecommuting Accommodations and the ADA

In Quentin Tarantino’s classic film, “Pulp Fiction,” two hitmen, Jules and Vincent (played by Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta), find themselves in a farcical and escalating “mess” – requiring the advice of a “fixer” known as “The Wolf” (played by Harvey Keitel). The Wolf arrives at the scene, assesses the situation with cool detachment, and develops a detailed plan to extricate Jules and Vincent from their unsavory dilemma. Imagine “The Wolf” insisting on phoning in his assistance instead of working in person with Jules and Vincent. Would he have been as effective? …