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Employment Law

D.C. Prohibits Pre-Employment Drug Testing for Marijuana

Employer Summary: Under a new law, employers hiring in D.C. may not test applicants for marijuana usage until after the applicant receives a conditional offer of employment for the position. Along with D.C.’s recent “ban the box” law on criminal background checks, this new enactment may require employers to adjust their application and hiring processes.

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Supreme Court Sets Standard for Religious Discrimination Claims

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., resolving the question of whether an applicant must demonstrate that a prospective employer had actual knowledge of his or her need for a religious accommodation in order to sustain a claim of religious discrimination.

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Employment Law

Supreme Court Holds that EEOC’s Pre-Discrimination Suit Obligations Subject to Ltd. Judicial Review

On April 29, 2015, in the case of Mach Mining, LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Supreme Court resolved the question of whether the EEOC’s pre-discrimination suit actions, specifically the statutory requirement that the EEOC attempt conciliation before filing suit, are subject to judicial review.

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Employment Law

Supreme Court Articulates Standard For Assessing Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

On Wednesday (March 25, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the closely watched pregnancy discrimination case of Young v. United Parcel Service. Rejecting both the employer’s and employee’s statutory interpretations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the Supreme Court announced a middle-ground standard for assessing pregnancy discrimination cases and remanded the case to the Fourth Circuit to apply this standard.

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Potential Law Changes in Store for Virginia Employers

The Virginia General Assembly’s 2015 Session convened on January 14, 2015 and will run through February 28, 2015. During this session the House and Senate have been considering a number of bills that, if enacted, could have important implications for Virginia employers.

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